• 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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    Thoughts on cutting broach vs. needle file for shaping worn holes when hand bushing

    As I said in my first post, one of the problem bushings on the movement I'm working on is for a 3 mm pivot on a winding arbor. Literally the last two words in the post are "large pivot". I'm quite confident that I can find a needle file of the appropriate size for this hole. I wanted to focus...
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    Thoughts on cutting broach vs. needle file for shaping worn holes when hand bushing

    There are a decent number of threads on the forums regarding needle files for the exact purpose I'm asking about, which is making a worn pivot hole symmetrical. Bangster's hand bushing guide supports this as well. I'm still green to hand bushing, but I'm rather confused to read what you've...
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    Thoughts on cutting broach vs. needle file for shaping worn holes when hand bushing

    I see how positioning the reamer like this (red, cutting edge at upper left) would ream the hole out properly. So you're saying that once the reamer turns clockwise to the following position (cutting edge at upper right), the hole will still be reamed evenly? The lower left worn portion isn't...
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    Thoughts on cutting broach vs. needle file for shaping worn holes when hand bushing

    I've seen a few people on YouTube doing it with a cutting broach, and perhaps a member or two in the forums allude to using a broach. I do see more people explicitly recommend a file. However, I've also seen a few members say they never use files at all. Using a broach for this seems awkward...
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    Thoughts on cutting broach vs. needle file for shaping worn holes when hand bushing

    Hello, all... I'm about to start my first bushing job on a Hermle grandfather clock movement with a couple of problem areas that need rebushing. I've spent lots of time over the past few months reading everything I can on this forum about hand bushing, watching videos, etc. I've read...
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    Cracked ratchet wheel on Waterbury Chime Clock No. 905

    The arbor slips right out with a little jiggling, as you can see. It's still somehow catching enough to wind, but it's definitely not secure. I'll look for another assembly. Again, if anyone has a spare they can part with or knows where to find one, I'm happy to purchase.
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    Cracked ratchet wheel on Waterbury Chime Clock No. 905

    When you begin to wind, the arbor will turn a very small amount independently before moving the ratchet with it. It was secure enough to for me to be able to wind it up to put a retaining ring on the spring. However, the other winding arbors don't have the small amount of play that this one...
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    Cracked ratchet wheel on Waterbury Chime Clock No. 905

    Hello all, I was tearing down the movement of a Waterbury No. 905 mantle clock, and found the cracked ratchet wheel shown in the photo below. This is on the time train, and it's looking like it's not very far away from a spectacular failure. I'm under the impression that trying to fix this...
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    Custom pendulum for mantle clock

    Thanks so much for the information. I hadn't considered a shorter leader, and I may try that if I can't find an appropriate pendulum. I'll check out Mile Hi, though.
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    Custom pendulum for mantle clock

    Here are some photos of the clock and movement: I can't find any identifying markings. Nothing inside or on the bottom.
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    Custom pendulum for mantle clock

    Well, here I am! I've learned a lot from browsing the forums. I only contacted Timesavers in case I was being blind and missing the proper pendulum on their website. They have a "item inquiry" link that made it easy to ask quickly.
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    Custom pendulum for mantle clock

    Sure, I'll take a few photos this evening and post them. I e-mailed someone at Timesavers a few days ago, and the closest they have with a double hook end is 3 1/2".
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    Custom pendulum for mantle clock

    Hello all, I've been trying to find the correct pendulum length for the mantle clock I've been working on over the past month or so. No markings on the movement as to the maker or pendulum length, no information at all. Through experimentation I've found that the missing pendulum needs to be...
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    Advice for removing clock hammer from movement

    Thanks for all the suggestions and information. It came straight off with a small puller, no heat used but I'm sure it would had come off more smoothly with it. I decided to take it off to make the remainder of the disassembly a bit easier on me. I see the value in leaving it on, though. On...
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    Advice for removing clock hammer from movement

    I have a small hand puller, and I tried it with a cautionary amount of pressure, but I'll try again if it's definitely a pressed on piece.
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    Advice for removing clock hammer from movement

    Hello all, I'm very new to the matter of clock movements, so please forgive my ignorance. I'm working on an old clock movement as an exercise to learn more about how they work, simple repair, etc. The movement has no markings on it for identification, but I can provide more photos if it would...

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