• 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.

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Help needed with Cuckoo clock

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I have a Cuckoo that is about 17 years old I got in Germany, has been sitting idle for at least 8 years. I started using it recently and it works well and keeps time, but after some time (usually within 1 day) it just stops. It seems like it always stops with the weight in the same position, that is halfway between the top and bottom of it's travel. Any help is appreciated
 

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Look at the chain links. One may be bent.
 

tehans

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I checked that yesterday, but will give it a more thorough inspection today
 

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Next check for bent teeth on the great wheel or 2nd wheel.
 

Dick Feldman

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If the clock is failing 12-15 hours into the 30 hour cycle, it is unlikely the problem is some sort of interference unless that is in the going works. Everything else repeats itself every hour or almost every hour. If there were interference, the clock would probably not want to start after the interruption.
My guess is that your clock has a power problem and the failure has little to do with the 12-15 hour cycle. I do not think clean, oil and adjust will solve your problem and I do not believe a novice will be able to make it run and be dependable.
Cuckoo clock movements are known to wear and cause service problems. That wear will result in poor performance.
It might be time to take the clock to a qualified technician and have him/her evaluate the situation.
Best,
Dick
 

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Dick makes a good point. When the clock stops, do you have to rewind it to get it started again, or will it start and continue to run?
 

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