Archie Perkins' Lathe Book

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  1. LaBounty

    LaBounty Registered User
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    I've just received my copy of Archie Perkins' new book "The Modern Watchmakers Lathe And How To Use It" and the pictures alone made me drool! This is the first horological work I would consider a study text and it even has chapter review questions. I couldn't answer the questions I glanced at, so I guess I'll have to actually read the book in depth instead of looking at the pictures. :)

    This is much more than a reprint of Mr. Perkins' previous writings and I would recommend it as one of the first books to buy for any serious horological enthusiast.

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  2. gary G

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    Hello David:
    Where did you purchase your book?

    Thanks,
    Gary G
     
  3. LaBounty

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    Hi Gary-

    I believe it is only available from AWI. They have an on-line merchandise store, but Archie's book isn't listed yet. Here is the contact information...

    AWI
    701 Enterprise Drive
    Harrison, OH 45030

    Toll free 1-866-367 2924
    Phone 513 367 9800
    Fax 513 367 1414

    Or to e-mail an order...

    orders@awi-net.org

    The price is $79.95 or for members $71.96. Shipping is $11.00.

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  4. 4thdimension

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    Dave,
    Thanks for the "heads up". I reluctantly dropped my A.W.I. membership last year after 18 yrs.( I joined AWI before the NAWCC). One thing that made this a difficult
    decision was losing Archie Perkin's superb
    installments. Mr.Perkin's master draftsmanship
    renders the most insidious repair task transparent. I'm looking forward to seeing this book!!
    -Cort

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  5. pinarello

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    Hi David: Where can I buy this book and how much does it cost?
    Thanks
    Pinarello
    rmaso@magma.ca

     
  6. LaBounty

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    Hi Pinarello-

    Archie's book is available for sale on-line Here.

    It is well worth the money!
     
  7. Robert M.

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    Hey Dave,I bought Mr. Perkins book about three years ago at the Eastern Regional from the folks at Mile High Clock Supplies located in Colorado I believe.An autographed copy no less.
    I love that book.I read a few chapters every opportunity I get.It seems like everytime I go through it I learn something new.I really appreciate the clarity of the text and the profuse use of illustrations.It's a great book fellas.Believe me it will be $75.00 well spent.
    Respectfully,Bob Fullerton
     
  8. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    Here isthe data on this book:

    # Title: Modern Watchmakers Lathe [the…] and How to use it
    # Author: Archie B. Perkins
    # Publisher: AWI
    Keywords: advanced tools machinery lathe
    ISBN: 0 918845 23 8
    Language: ENG
    Notes: comprehensive text on capabilitiesof and use of the watchmakers lathe, richly illustrated
    Edition: 1st edition -- Copyright: 2003
    Kind: Book
    Type: Timekeeper (general)
    Geographic area: Not Geographic
    Topic: Machine
    Organization: NA/other
    Pages: 390 -- Height in cm: 28
    Print Status: 1 (1 means in print - 2 means out of print)
    BHM ID: 5835
     
  9. Kim Edwards

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    This is WONDERFUL honor for my great uncle Archie's writings. He is a wonderful man and I thank you all for wanting to learn from the best....
     
  10. Lynne Gillette

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    You can be very proud of Archie! I met him years ago at a seminar and really enjoyed the time spent talking about techniques.
    An excellent draftsman, he told me he had done his drawings in pencil and then inked them. I imagine with the various computer programs this is rapidly becoming a lost art like clockmaking!
    An aside, there was a time when this book might not have been produced! His articles in the Horological Times were so popular and time consuming to produce. Milt Stevens, then Executive Director of AWI told me he had asked Archie when he would write a book on the lathe. Archie responded with "Do you want the articles to continue or do you want a book"? Well, they wanted the articles and hoped for a book!
    I suspected Archie was probably working on the book on the side anyway and was always hoping it would get completed and published. Thankfully, it did!
    And...It Is A Classic..a true testament to a Master Craftsman!
     
  11. cazboy

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    Although I do not yet own this book, it has been on my "must acquire" list for a while now. In addition to AWI, I believe you can purchase it from Ronell Clock Company. Here is a direct link to Ronell's listing for this book: here.
     
  12. MLynn

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    I feel compelled to comment on the excellence of this book. It was recommended to me by members on this site and it has far exceeded any expectation that that I had. It is a definitive model of its kind and I can't express enough how much I appreciate it as a resource.
     

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