• 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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CRUTCH70

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trying to locate e.n. welch click springs for antique beehive shelf clock. any ideas?
 

JTD

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Welcome to the board.

A picture is worth a thousand words, as they say.

However, the material supply houses such as Timesavers sell a wide variety of click springs, so you will likely find what you want there.

But a picture would help.

JTD
 

R. Croswell

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trying to locate e.n. welch click springs for antique beehive shelf clock. any ideas?
Here are pictures of a typical E. N. Welch beehive movement. If yours is like this, the click spring is no more than a piece of steel wire flattened on one end. Looks like about #18 or #20 wire like found in any hardware store. Do NOT use tie wire which is fully annealed and soft but most "regular" hardware store wire should work. You can also use music wire from a hobby shop, which is tempered and has more spring tension.

We need to- see your movement to see what you are working with and why you need to replace the click spring.

RC

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Dick Feldman

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It might also be appropriate to mention that the click return spring is an integral part of a system. That system includes the click, the click pivoting rivet and the ratchet wheel. All of those are important components and must work every time. The integrity of the click system is dependent on each of the components. Failure of any part of a click system can and will become a danger to the person winding the clock. Normally the wining key spins wildly making the hand winding the clock bleed and usually will result in a blue thumbnail.
If you have had a click return spring fail on one train, it is likely the one on the other train may be due for failure. Clock trains normally have been wound the same number of times over a hundred year span and are subjected to the same conditions.
Pictures would be most helpful,
Welcome to the message board and best of luck with your repair,

Dick
 
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