• 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.

Help Hands binding.


Registered User
Nov 16, 2011
Chatham England
I have a french clock I haven’t used for 4 years now I find I cannot move the hands without a lot of effort, I have left it until I find out what to do is it a case of removing movement to correct or not.any help appreciated.


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NAWCC Member
Oct 19, 2005
North Carolina
It may be as simple as oiling the tension part of the main arbor. However, if it was used for many years before you stopped using it, perhaps a complete service would be appropriate. Also, some French clocks used tension rather than a spring. Look at the hour cannon. If it has grooves cut in it, it's probably relying on tension against the center arbor.
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Registered User
Jul 20, 2014
Long Island, New York
Hi Binman. Sounds like the rack tail may have jammed against the 12:00 / 1:00 step on the snail. If that is the case, forcing the minute hand forward is likely to cause damage to the teeth on the hour wheel that the snail is attached to.
There are two pins on the backside of the small wheel that lifts the lever that releases the rack for striking. They may be chamfered, in which case you should be able to move the minute hand backwards (by a few minutes), which should relieve the pressure, however if this happened once, it will likely happen again.
If this is the issue you are having, you can remove the hands, and anything else that is keeping the hour pipe from pulling away from the movement. Once unhindered, lift the hour pipe along with its snail and gear and turn it counter clockwise one tooth, then let it down, reassemble, and test. This should keep the rack tail far enough away from the 12/1 step to clear it.
This may not be your particular problem but may be worth looking into as this seems to be a common issue with Frenchies.

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