• 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. J

    Movement Cleaning - What Went Wrong?

    Howard, I find a quick scrub over the plates with a brass wire brush will burnish the plates and give them a better appearance, but as said they are not seen anyway.
  2. J

    Mercer Chronometer?

    Did you get the 'scape wheel you required?
  3. J

    Ships Clock

    Hi Gazza, I have a platform that is almost identical to yours, I need an address to send it to for you to try on your clock. Regards Peter
  4. J

    Ships Clock

    I will search through my bits and pieces tomorrow (Thursday) and let you know. Looks hopeful
  5. J

    Ships Clock

    Hi Gazza dimensions of platform would be useful also measurement between plates or platform fixing holes any writing on the platform? Regards Peter
  6. J

    Ships Clock

    Hi Gazza, a picture of the platform would be useful. Are you able to fit a new balance staff or do you need a balance complete plus a new 'scape wheel and pinion, I have quite a lot of Astral parts and may have what you require!
  7. J

    Omega 861

    Thanks ALJ I'll try a new screw ? Karl if ALJs suggestion doesn't work I'll post pictures, Thanks Peter
  8. J

    Omega 861

    Hi, Is there anyone out there with experience of the Omega 861 movement ? a friend managed to crush the return to zero pusher on his watch by chance I had a new pusher when I removed the movement a part dropped out it is Part no. 1784 it seems to fit in a slot along side the pin the pusher acts...
  9. J

    AS 1240 balance staff - measurements needed!

    Hi Karl I haven't checked my staffs yet but www.cousinsuk.com has these staffs inca and ordinary Peter
  10. J

    how to shrink the barrel cover's aperture(hole)

    Sorry I misunderstood the question I thought you were asking about the barrel cover recess in the barrel Peter
  11. J

    how to shrink the barrel cover's aperture(hole)

    I use a piece of 2 1/2" to 3" bar into which I have turned a cone I put the barrel to be reduced into the cone and put into a vice or under a press a gentle squeeze and the barrel diameter is reduced, works every time Peter
  12. J

    Broken fly arbor

    Randy Beckets solution would also work but which ever way you look at it the fly you have is useless now and you can't make it any worse Peter
  13. J

    Broken fly arbor

    Hi If you can't find another arbor you could finish up each end of the break drill up them and put a pin in between just as if you were re-pivoting. Peter
  14. J

    Mantle clock stopped working after being placed on back!

    Hi Is the pendulum rod going through the slot in the crutch? it looks to me from the photos as if pendulum rod is not in line with the crutch so unscrew the bell nut remove the bell and make sure the rod goes through the slot, these movements should set themselves in beat so with the rod...
  15. J

    Wanted repivot for French fly

    Hi Kennymc Any competent clock repairer SHOULD be able to re-pivot a French fly if he has the necessary tooling it's all part of the training and in my case apprenticeship, unfortunately apprenticeships are almost non existent now, governments want to train people in the shortest time possible...
  16. J

    How do I remove letters stamped into brass chapter ring

    I agree with Peter use a flat ended punch on the rear of the dial up-raise the front, file back using a very fine file and re-finish dial, when I was an apprentice that's how we did it when an engraving mistake was made. Pete
  17. J

    Correcting minor nicks on dial before silvering

    When I was an apprentice and we made a mistake when engraving a dial we would punch it out from the back file the upraised part back to the dial surface and then re-finish, on most clocks the rear of a dial is not seen but on a skeleton clock! Pete
  18. J

    Countersink sharpening

    As an alternative you can use twist drills sharpened with a "radiused" end and then if necessary touch up the oil sink with your countersinks (this is how I do it), don't forget to put a negative rake on the cutting edge of the drill so that they don't "grab" This take a lot of the hard work...
  19. J

    OK you English longcase experts.....

    Loomes Clockmakers of The World gives Thomas Budgen Croydon 1828-51 Peter
  20. J

    American PW UK pocket watch service wanted

    Look on the BHI website at repairers in your area, as to what's a reasonable price is open to discussion, what is wrong with the watches do they need parts, repairing or just a clean? Peter

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