• Important Executive Director Announcement from the NAWCC

    The NAWCC Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mr. Rory McEvoy has been named Executive Director of the NAWCC. Rory is an internationally renowned horological scholar and comes to the NAWCC with strong credentials that solidly align with our education, fundraising, and membership growth objectives. He has a postgraduate degree in the conservation and restoration of antique clocks from West Dean College, and throughout his career, he has had the opportunity to handle some of the world’s most important horological artifacts, including longitude timekeepers by Harrison, Kendall, and Mudge.

    Rory formerly worked as Curator of Horology at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, where his role included day-to-day management of research and digitization projects, writing, public speaking, conservation, convening conferences, exhibition work, and development of acquisition/disposal and collection care policies. In addition, he has worked as a horological specialist at Bonhams in London, where he cataloged and handled many rare timepieces and built important relationships with collectors, buyers, and sellers. Most recently, Rory has used his talents to share his love of horology at the university level by teaching horological theory, history, and the practical repair and making of clocks and watches at Birmingham City University.

    Rory is a British citizen and currently resides in the UK. Pre-COVID-19, Rory and his wife, Kaai, visited HQ in Columbia, Pennsylvania, where they met with staff, spent time in the Museum and Library & Research Center, and toured the area. Rory and Kaai will be relocating to the area as soon as the immigration challenges and travel restrictions due to COVID-19 permit.

    Some of you may already be familiar with Rory as he is also a well-known author and lecturer. His recent publications include the book Harrison Decoded: Towards a Perfect Pendulum Clock, which he edited with Jonathan Betts, and the article “George Graham and the Orrery” in the journal Nuncius.

    Until Rory’s relocation to the United States is complete, he will be working closely with an on-boarding team assembled by the NAWCC Board of Directors to introduce him to the opportunities and challenges before us and to ensure a smooth transition. Rory will be participating in strategic and financial planning immediately, which will allow him to hit the ground running when he arrives in Columbia

    You can read more about Rory McEvoy and this exciting announcement in the upcoming March/April issue of the Watch & Clock Bulletin.

    Please join the entire Board and staff in welcoming Rory to the NAWCC community.

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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Hi, Whatgoesaround. Sounds as though we have similar puzzles. If I ever find a solution I shall publish it here! John H.
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Thanks for the pictures. The wirewound resistor shunting the coils is, of course, to absorb back emf and reduce sparking at the contact. I think the resistor is open circuit in my clock. Can't see a break and I'm not going to meddle with it. Someone has connected a germanium diode across it...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Thanks again James. Don't bother too much about the video. Your explanation agrees totally with my observations. I could post a video of my clock working exactly as described BUT with one exception: The lift arm (which I have been calling armature) does not drop immediately the contact is...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    I think there are 2 problems: There might be some "sticktion" in the fixed contact but I cannot find it. I have stripped it apart (delicate and dangerous!) and it all seems clean. My understanding of the operation is: The pendulum spins "clockwise" (viewed from above) until the contact pin hits...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Thanks for the pictures James. The coil spring on yours is a little better than mine. Picture attached. When I got the clock the spring was a mess. I have done my best to straighten it out. I could get another turn on it to give some more return force. The slide piece is reluctant to fall and...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    P.S. Further thoughts: examination of the contact system reveals that the insulated copper wire does not matter if it is slightly off true as it does not rotate withing the thin brass tube. It needs to be insulated from the thin brass tube and this is OK in my clock. The thin tube rotates in...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    OK James. Thanks for that. I have been through most of that. 1) The shaft carrying the contact through the back plate is a worry. It very easily shorts but is OK at the moment. There is no glass tube. Perhaps someone has modified it? The brass pillar fixed to the plate carries a thin brass...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Thanks for your interest James. I've had this clock for some time and just got around to looking at it. A previous owner has obviously "had a go" at it and I have re-wired it. There seem to be two problems:- The armature has a tendency to stick in the operated position. The picture shows it...
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    Tiffany Tiffany NeverWind

    Help! My Tiffany Neverwind can keep reasonable time and will run for several days but keeps stopping. The fixed contact is reluctant to drop and release the pendulum contact so the movement stops. Also,when running, the armature stays in the operated position until the fixed contact drops...

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