• 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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  1. JimmyOz

    Regula Cuckoo Clock movement Identification

    It looks like an 8 day going off the chains, the weights will tell you if you have them, 1 day without music is 275grams, 1 day with music is 325grams and 8 day without music is 1260 grams. You can just make a dummy pendulum to find the length, start with it about 12 inches long. Mark...
  2. JimmyOz

    Filling small cracks and gaps in ebonized case

    Dean, you can use Plasti-bond Selleys Plasti-Bond Heavy Duty it will not shrink and can be coloured black (or any colour) so no issues of it showing after you ebonize. The case that is already ebonized, you can fill the same way sand off the excess then just apply another few finishing coats...
  3. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    Well done, it has been a good learning curve for your next project :clap:
  4. JimmyOz

    LFS clock repair

    What do you want to know? You said your father is a woodworker so I take it he knows about how to bring the case back. Do you want to know about the gilt and the movement?
  5. JimmyOz

    Wall clock case with curved bottom

    No Problem, take some photos of how you do it and post them in here as others will be able to follow if they have the same issue when they search the site.
  6. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    The cutting agent will not work very well for large bumps or sags, maybe go with your scraping and then finish with the cutting agent to take the scratches out.
  7. JimmyOz

    Wall clock case with curved bottom

    I put on the drawing 45 degrees, the blade is at 45 degrees and when you lift the moulding it will cut further away the higher the moulding is lifted, forget about all those angles what you see will work and it will be as your dad did it. Yip that's what I said and is the only way you can do it...
  8. JimmyOz

    Wall clock case with curved bottom

    Also I should have said that the one in the photo of the back is not one piece of wood, you will need to construct it like they did if you want that deep curve, therefore construct the top section and then fit the bottom which is just a normal mitre and carve out to suit.
  9. JimmyOz

    Wall clock case with curved bottom

    Okay, I got it the wrong way round, Do the front moulding, first, position the short edge at where the saw will cut the mitre on your line, then lift the front (long mitre end) up till the mitre is going to be cut by the saw blade on the line .The angle you have between the saw table and the...
  10. JimmyOz

    Wall clock case with curved bottom

    How to do it or I might say how I would do it; Mark the mitre on both ends where you want it. Now this is where it is tricky as your saw blade may not be wide enough. Do the front moulding, first, position the long edge at where the saw will cut the mitre on your line, then lift the front...
  11. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    Do a thread in the Clock Repair for the movement.
  12. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    If you have brush strokes and pooling or build-up in some areas it will be hard to get it to a good finish. I suggest you get a scrap bit of wood with similar grain to the top of your clock, get a NEW tin of black gloss spray paint and work on that scrap till you learn how to get it a bit more...
  13. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    The paper dial does not look to bad so you could just leave it. You could have used gloss black spray on laquer/paint and no need for the clear laquer. Also if you did want to coat it with clear laquer you can buy spray on as well and no brush strokes to worry about.
  14. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    It all depends on the owner, some like them to have a patina of the years to be left, some like them with minimal restoration, some like them totally redone. You have to be sympathetic to the history, value and condition, one would not do it like this to a 17thC bracket clock, however a common...
  15. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    From the photos of your clock it does not look to bad, try a test on the molding on top of the skirting on one side and that will give you an idea of the condition of the paint, you can take off the cutting/wax agent with turps if it is needing resprayed. Put up a photo of the top looking down...
  16. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    It only had wood 3 columns so I replaced one with a metal one I cut to size and also a capital that was missing, I just used the same color paint to spray them.
  17. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    I have now finished this case, what I have shown is a basic way to get these imitation black marble clocks looking somewhat like they did when made. How good you can get it depends on how good a condition the case is in at the start, however under the crud the paint is still there, however maybe...
  18. JimmyOz

    A little help/suggestions

    You could also try steam, they sell those Karcher steam cleaners at no great cost. It should also help take out some of the dark marks on the case, I have not tried it myself, however I think it would work.
  19. JimmyOz

    Bulle clock case repair

    I would use about 5 small dabs of clear silicon, that way it would be easy to get off again if needed.
  20. JimmyOz

    Advice on 100 year old black lacquer finish

    Another up-date, Almost finished the case, gold replaced in the front base, to do this I just sharpen a small V shape and lightly run it in the groves, do not press to hard as you may slip out of the grove and add a line you don't want. For the holes I just use a small drill and turn it with my...
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