• 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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Tyrone

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Can You Give Me Advice on what e clip pliers to use on the little e clips Regula uses in their movements. pic.jpg pic.jpg
 

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KNIPEX Circlip Pliers (125 mm) 46 21 A01 are the recommended tool for the small eared clips I believe.
 
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kinsler33

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E-clips are not circlips, unfortunately. A circlip can be grabbed through its holes by the pins on suitable pliers, expanded, and removed, and then replaced in the same way. A cuckoo clock E-clip must be removed and re-installed from the side and can only be expanded by pushing it against the shaft upon which it fits.

What I have found effective with small E-clips is nothing. I think I've bought every tool that claims to work, and none do. I have, however, discovered that installation of E-clips is considerably easier if you roughen their surfaces--both sides--so that tweezers will hold onto them instead of launching them across the room.

Oh: magnetic tools don't work, either. And a hand tremor doesn't help.

Mark Kinsler
 

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I usually end up mangling them trying to get them off. New ones are not that expensive, so I keep some around. One thing about them is that they don't fit into a slot like e-clips do. They can be forced up and off with a little persuading. Here's a link to a supplier of them.
 
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Oldbo

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The Knipex 46 21 A01 Circlip pliers really do work well on the eared clips in Tyrone's original photograph. I mangled a lot of clips as well before finding out about these pliers on YouTube.
 

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E-clips are not circlips, unfortunately. A circlip can be grabbed through its holes by the pins on suitable pliers, expanded, and removed, and then replaced in the same way. A cuckoo clock E-clip must be removed and re-installed from the side and can only be expanded by pushing it against the shaft upon which it fits.

What I have found effective with small E-clips is nothing. I think I've bought every tool that claims to work, and none do. I have, however, discovered that installation of E-clips is considerably easier if you roughen their surfaces--both sides--so that tweezers will hold onto them instead of launching them across the room.

Oh: magnetic tools don't work, either. And a hand tremor doesn't help.

Mark Kinsler
Snap ring pliers.JPG
 

Tyrone

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I have found the YouTube video. Thanks to dperry428.

Thank You I contacted dperry He sent a reply almost immediately. Thank You So uch for Finding That Video. I am purchasing one from amazon.
 

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I've got one of those. I've never been able to get the thing to work. The E-clip always falls out. But thanks: I'll look more closely at how I'm using and compare that to your pictures.

Those funny-looking long black cuckoo clock clips just hold to a shaft by friction, so you can slide them off with a screwdriver. If they're loose afterwards you can squeeze them a bit to restore their grip.

M Kinsler
 
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I call them things "crab clips", and the only solution to them is brute force of one kind or another. I believe they are the invention of Satan.
 
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