• 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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    A slightly loose canon pinion can cause what you describe. I have had this happen in almost exactly the same way. Roger
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    loose roller table

    My experience has been that I have used this punch at least 20 times and have never shattered/split a roller table. A light tap means a light tap! It takes very little to raise burrs. To each his own.
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    loose roller table

    This may not be the best way and there is a chance of splitting a roller table (although I have never split one), but it does work. A very light tap on the side going toward the shoulder of the staff will produce enough grip if the roller table hole is only slightly too large. You can also...
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    First Pivot (ish) Success

    Very nice. I like carbide gravers. I use Waller and they cut so much easier for me. Much slower speed when cutting too. Roger
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    Good to hear from you! I hope you'll be able to navigate the forum better as you use it.
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    watch cleaning

    Kent, You put out a post "Desperate Newbie" on Oct. 29th and never responded to it after several people posted replies. Then you posted asking for "Repair Help" on Oct. 31st and I replied with a PM to you to which you also have not replied. What's up with that? Roger
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    I sent you a PM. Roger
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    Desperate newbie

    Hello Kent, Hopefully you have not poked around the balance wheel and hairspring in an effort to get it going again. I would strongly suggest you don't fool with it and send it to someone who can get it going for you again. If you want to get into the repair and service of these wonderful...
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    Help Platform escapement needs repair...

    The safety pin for the pallet fork is a fairly simple job, especially since it looks to be a single roller. If the roller jewel is missing that isn't a big problem either. There may be another issue. It appears from your pictures that the hairspring coil may be in contact with the balance...
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    Does it wind hard both in the case and out of the case? Start with the simple possibilities.
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    Agree. One never knows what somebody else has done so checking is the only way to determine sizing. If you do find a jewel gauge set, check that none of the tips are broken. I was lucky to get a complete set with everything intact. Roger
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    I use this to measure jewel holes. No taper so I feel more accurate. Hard to find this tool set. Roger
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    Hi Roger, I would have to point to the use of the microscope for the higher incidence I see of loose jewels. When I say 'loose', many times the movement is barely detectable, but if it is there it must be repaired. Roger
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    Service Quality Assessment

    Understood Jim, but the "system" is for the forum users and I should think maybe a poll should be taken to see if the users would prefer to have the ability to edit their own posts after the one hour limit. If someone felt a following post made them look "foolish" then they would also have the...
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    Service Quality Assessment

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