• 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

    New Haven "Harmonious" movement Questions

    I had added a post to this thread earlier today... https://mb.nawcc.org/threads/new-haven-harmonious-model.107462/post-1445240 Not realizing it was in the general forum and not the clock repair forum. My apologies; that post probably didn't belong there. If the moderators feel it would...
  2. MuseChaser

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  3. MuseChaser

    The auction has ended...

    I heard back, and have received permission, so no worries.
  4. MuseChaser

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  5. MuseChaser

    The auction has ended...

    I've written a note of apology to the lister, and have asked for permission. Will advise as to the response. Apologies for the hassle.
  6. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    I snapped a pic of three pieces under magnification. Left to right ... Horolovar .0023", Horolovar .004", non-Horolovar .004" (Nylor? Bronze? Don't know). Looks like you all were correct and my mind was playing tricks on me..the width looks pretty constant between the two Horolovars.
  7. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

    Thanks, all. I understood the physics... it was my lack of trust in the manufacturer's semantics that tripped me up.
  8. MuseChaser

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    Thanks, Wayne. Not to be thick, but the semantics of this dilemma are killing me. Since you can't turn the wheel without twisting the spring,the allegory would be to hold the wheel stationary and turn the pendulum arms OPPOSITE the engraved arrows to achieve the expected result, yes?
  9. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

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  10. MuseChaser

    Kern Midget Pendulum Adjustment?

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  11. MuseChaser

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  12. MuseChaser

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  13. MuseChaser

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  14. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

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  15. MuseChaser

    The auction has ended...

    My apologies. I thought it was OK to to do based upon a previous discussion wherein we (the posters) were advised that we should not expect to retain the rights to any images posted online. I recently posted two pics of a Gilbert calendar clock. Should I remove that post?
  16. MuseChaser

    Suspension spring specs?

    Thanks for the kind, informative replies! I've ordered packs of springs from Timesavers on two occasions so far, in various sizes ranging from .0023" for some of my mini and midgest clocks, through .003, .0032, .0036, and .004. The listings for all of these describes them as Horolovar products...
  17. MuseChaser

    The auction has ended...

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  18. MuseChaser

    Gilbert "Automatic Calendar"....Japan?

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  19. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

    Working on it now. Wayne, you definitely win! Not familiar with Evaporust...will have to check it out. When I have it back together, I'll snap a few pics and post them. I do have a few more restoration questions re the specific base on this clock. Thanks for the encouragement!
  20. MuseChaser

    Tomorrow's project.. corroded Wilmac

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