• 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. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

    Nothing special to report...just have never seen this level of rust and corrosion on a 400 day movement before. Woof...poor guy. Talk about neglect! Wish me luck...
  2. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    Thank you for tuning in to this week's episode of, "Musechaser's Stupid Questions!"..... When looking up and ordering supsension springs, I took the number, i.e., .0036" for most standart Kerns, .004" for Schatz 49s, .0023" for 53s, etc., to reference the thickness of the spring. .004" is...
  3. MuseChaser

    Nagoya Shoji - Info?

    While dumpster-diving with my beer-budget on online auctions, I won the auction on this clock in my quest for advance my meager experience and skills. It just arrived today. After getting it in beat (it was SO far off it wouldn't run at all unless the case was tilted almost 45 degrees), it's...
  4. MuseChaser

    JUF 49 Intermediate/Minute Wheel problem?

    I could really use some help from the deep brain trust here... I thought I was getting to the point that I could pretty easily find and rectify most problems on the torsion clocks I'm familiar with... 49s especially... but this one is driving nuts. Before the questions.. I have completely...
  5. MuseChaser

    Curious about Ansonia clock listing..

    I had considered bidding on this clock, but didn't and it went for a lot more than I thought it was going to anyway. I typically bid on pretty rough clocks because, in no particular order, I like to repair and restore things, I'm cheap, I don't really know much yet about what certain clocks are...
  6. MuseChaser

    Fun Collaboration ... ;)

    Just got this clock; I had taken a chance on it on an auction site because the listing looked ...umm.. well... inaccurate and I hoped it was. It's a Staiger Quartz tambour clock... hehehehe. Turns out, I guess, that Staiger sourced its movements, cases, chimes, and labels from Ingraham back in...
  7. MuseChaser

    Hubert Herr One-day Cuckoo

    We bought this clock new maybe 30 years ago. Over the past year, it's become increasingly finicky about being perfectly level/in beat, and if I forget to wind it it's been difficult to get to run again. It is located about four feet above and six feet to the left of a woodstovs that gets used...
  8. MuseChaser

    JUF/Schatz Anomolies?

    I just picked up a JUF 49 clock, backplate dated 10/52, with a diamond-shaped face (like one of the square ones, only rotated 45 degrees) with a Schatz logo on it. While getting ready to clean and polish it, I noticed a couple things that are different from my other similar era JUF/Schatz clocks...
  9. MuseChaser

    Elementary Case Questions

    I've accumulated an assortment of mostly tambour clocks in various stages of neglect. My goal with most of them is to make them look (and function) like cared-for old clocks in good condition, but not necessarily new. When I get a clock that has a case in decent shape (no huge gouges, open...
  10. MuseChaser

    Today's Mystery Adventure/Questions...

    Wish I could be more descriptive in the title, but I have no idea of the maker of this clock or movement. I'm sure it's nothing valuable, other than it's certainly presenting another great opportunity to learn stuff... OK... Here's the front of the movement... Please excuse the 2x4s...
  11. MuseChaser

    Multiple Strikers/Chimers Households...A Question....

    We currently have fourteen striking or chiming clocks running in our open floor plan home. Some of them sound so good together, it's almost as if they were designed to sound together. As a for instance, a Haller triple chiime we have strikes the hour with a root position minor triad, and when...
  12. MuseChaser

    Any Members in CNY/Syracuse area?

    If any of you are within shouting distance (say, 100 miles?) of the Syracuse, NY area and would be willing to give a lesson/assist with hand bushing (for compensation, of course), I'd be most grateful. Maybe it's just a matter of jumping in and accepting the fact that I'll probably ruin stuff...
  13. MuseChaser

    Installing Unwound Loop Main?

    This question arose whike reassembling my first complete tear down of a Seth Thomas 89 which is also the first non-torsion movement I've done. Big step up in complexity, but she's back together correctly except for the two mainsprings, Before disassembly, I carefully let down the springs...
  14. MuseChaser

    Kern-undrum?

    I recently acquired a clock that was described as a "Schatz," but it's not... and that's OK. No logos on the ubiquitous white enamel/garland/arabic number face, but upon first glance at the backplate design I thought, "Hey, this is a Kern!" There is no pendulum cup nor provision for one on the...
  15. MuseChaser

    Bim-Bams always a minor 3rd (Sol-Mi) ?

    Just got a Sessions tambour up and running. VERY low two-tone strike, and it's tuned to a whole step, meaning it sounds "Re-Do," instead of the usual minor 3rd "Sol - Mi" like every other two-tone clock I've ever heard. Is that an intentional tuning of some two-tone clocks and I've just never...
  16. MuseChaser

    A Tale of Three 49s

    I'll try and make this short, and it ends with a question or two... My interest in clock repair started with replacing the suspension unit of our first 400-day, a 1932 Kern. Enjoyed it, and bought three more to learn on, all Schatz/JUF 49s. One had a white enamel face w/ the usual garland...
  17. MuseChaser

    Old Sessions tambour finish

    Just got this clock two days ago. The bottom soundboard was cracked into four pieces, the strike coil and mount were rattling around inside during shipping... a real mess. After playing Tangrams with the pieces, I happily found that they all mated fairly well and they are now glued and...
  18. MuseChaser

    Haller movement

    Just got this clock a few days ago. It arrived completely locked up.. verge wouldn't move, no chime or strikes working. Most of limited experience is with 400 and 1000 day clocks. Noticed that this Haller had a similar looking anchor and escapement depth adjustment, so I started by raising the...
  19. MuseChaser

    One more "Loss of Power" place to check...

    This is probably already known by pretty much everyone here, although I haven't seen it written in many of the great threads about the quest for minimizing friction and maximizing power in these clocks. I've had once Schatz 49 that's been running fine for a few weeks, but never got the rotation...
  20. MuseChaser

    Easy question?

    I wind my increasing clock collection on Sundays (except for the 400 day clocks), and wondered if it would be better for the three 35 day movements I have if I did not wind them weekly, but monthly. Does it matter? Is it better for the longterm health of the mainspring and movement to let it...

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