• 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. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Thanks Bruce, yes I'm happy! Your right I should have got my lock pin and maintenance pin terminology right, sorry about that, I didn't mean to confuse... The lever arm with the scoop wasn't riveted entirely central to the main lever arbor which meant it was made slightly lower than it should be...
  2. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Hello to all, I've fixed it thanks to all of your inputs and advice. For the record, the stop and warning pins were OK, not bent. As TH had said I should try lowering the count wheel hook so that the lever would be lower and stop the warning pin from being hit. Well I couldn't because the...
  3. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Another video of the lever in action
  4. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Video of the count wheel in action below I can't rotate the lever upwards 90 degrees as the lever arms don't then locate with any wheel pins and the square lugs at each end of the lever no longer line up to mount the count wheel hook arm and the minute hand arm on the outside of the plates...
  5. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Vv I've added another video on YouTube (link above) which shows the problem of the warning pin hitting the lever and stopping the strike. I can't shorten the hookie on the count wheel because the lever would hit the warning wheel arbor inside (at the scoop). If anything the hook needs to be...
  6. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Sorry I wasn't too clear, the pin hits the back of the shovel. (my simplistic thought was the shovel scooped the pin but I must be wrong, also I see wear marks on the back of the shovel indicating I was wrong too!) The count wheel is turning anticlockwise so its definitely running the right way.
  7. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Indeed, tell us more!
  8. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Sorry Bruce still learning youtube! , they should be public now
  9. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Thanks Bruce, I see what your saying and hope the youtube videos will help.
  10. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    I have loaded the videos now onto YouTube and the link is below Clocks - YouTube Hopefully you can see them this time! Kind regards David
  11. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Here are a couple of videos which I hope you can see OK. The first is of the lever Meet Google Drive – One place for all your files The second video is of the strike following the warning period Meet Google Drive – One place for all your files Many thanks David
  12. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Thanks to everyone so far for your comments, it's really appreciated. I tried to load an mp4 video but it wasn't accepted so I will strip the clock down tomorrow to get you guys a closer look with some pictures. .
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  14. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    Unfortunately the count lever never reaches the end of the trough because the warning wheel is stopped first by the lever. The movement was incredibly dirty and oily. Hadn't worked for years before I bought it just before the lockdown. I've had to replace all the bushes and now the clock runs...
  15. djhaggarty

    Unusual count wheel problem

    The lever controlled by the cam on the minute hand puts the clock into warning mode OK, the lever is above the warning wheel pin and the other part of the lever which has like a scoop end to it lines up with the pin on the second wheel(?) . Then when the minute hand reaches the hour, the lever...
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