• 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

    Very Unusual Japy Freres suspension

    I have never seen it and it looks like a simple idea compared to other SS on French clocks. Maybe it was just not accurate enough as there would be a bit of movement in the spring given its length and thickness with the temperature fluctuations and therefore abandoned?
  2. JimmyOz

    Cuckoo weights

    They still make both of those movements, the one not pictured (weather house) has bellows attached to it so it may need the 275 grams,
  3. JimmyOz

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    That is a better photo, it looks as though the spring has a kink in it at about the right place where it would fit ontop of the lever, try it on top of the lever and I think it could work.
  4. JimmyOz

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    Not on a Pogo stick...
  5. JimmyOz

    What happens to old weights and pendulums (pendula?)

    You guys/girls or should that be persons? Anyway, you are so lucky to have such a lot of proper weights that you can get your hands on, I have a James Howden Long Case that came with two different cast iron weights, none of which are heavy enough to drive the clock, I have been looking for about...
  6. JimmyOz

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    You can just bend that spring up or down to get it out of the way and see what happens, I think the spring should be on top of the lifting lever as there is no other reason for it to be there.
  7. JimmyOz

    Junghans count wheel setting

    Wow I think you misread the above bit, the count wheel is not strikeing the half hour just the full hour on both the hour and the half hour. First thing to do is take off the pull wire, it can be put back on later. Can you take a video of the movement? that will show us what is happening with...
  8. JimmyOz

    Dancers platform music box.

    The new governors they sell today do not match the old music box's. You will have to file the new governor holes to match the music box holes, you will also need another screw since you only have the one. Once you have the governor fixed put it back on the case and take a photo or two of the...
  9. JimmyOz

    Mainspring Barrels

    The 2nd Vid, I think you would cut the insert to almost the right size and then solder it in to reduce the amount of heat needed. Also being a French barrel that are soft soldered together, therefore you would use something to stop the heat from travaling, look at 2:22 and you can see that some...
  10. JimmyOz

    Hamburg Strikes Correctly But Minute Hand Stays 10 Min Fast

    In the photos I see a spring attached to the lifting lever, is that being lifted instead of the lever itself, therefore setting off the strike early? I can't see where the spring is supposed to be as it does not look to have a purpose where it is at the moment.
  11. JimmyOz

    Cuckoo weights

    If both only require 1 weight I would get 275 grams for each.
  12. JimmyOz

    Longcase Restoration Project

    The small washer would normaly be there.
  13. JimmyOz

    Longcase Restoration Project

    The hands being hard to turn, when you take the taper pin out that holds the minute hand on, try turning the minute hand again with that pin out, if it moves easy then it maybe that someone has put the tension spring in upside down and it is digging into the plate.
  14. JimmyOz

    One Gong to many and one Bim Bam too few.

    Are you sure you have the hammer blockers the right way round, try swaping them. The motion works are set for 3:00 and looking at the video I think your clock gives the hour on every 1/4, then the bim-bam's.
  15. JimmyOz

    One Gong to many and one Bim Bam too few.

    I have not worked on that type of movement, however have worked on a few W&H 1/4 strike movements, therefore others may know better how to set this one up, that said here is my take on what is happening. I think someone has messed with the levers. What I can gather from your video is that the...
  16. JimmyOz

    Cuckoo actions incorrect

    I came into this late, however a tip for testing the movement before you put it back in the case as I see you had other issues. Pull the top lifting lever out so it rests on the bottom one, that will stop it from falling to far. On the front of the movement lift the rack lever out and let the...
  17. JimmyOz

    Wall Clock chiming problem

    You are right, that looks okay.
  18. JimmyOz

    Cuckoo actions incorrect

    You are correct, once you put the below lifting wire back on it will not drop as far, therefore the star/count wheel will pick it up during the rotation. The below lifting lever can be bent to get the right amount of lift once the movement is all together in the clock case. That is the long...
  19. JimmyOz

    Wall Clock chiming problem

    It may be my eyes, however the fly looks odd where the arbour/pivot is, it looks fat, maybe someone has made a bad job of re-pivoting?
  20. JimmyOz

    Wild Man with a punch!

    I would guess that they tried to get the cap on in a vice that had something protruding in one of the jaws, looking at the indents they all seem to be alike and at random intervals.
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