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Originally posted by Dewey:
I think Henry's books are just about useless except for his hints on verge watches. Far better is to buy George Daniel's Watchmaking, the two Gazeley and then the new Malcolm Wild book on wheel and pinion cutting.
The BEST book is not published as a book. It is Archie Perkin's series from AWI's HT (1986 to around 1999). When I stopped paying dues to support the otherwise unemployable of Harrison I excised every article Archie wrote as well as Dave Christianson's articles on timelocks.
Turns out Archie had written an entire book on restoration (including such arcane topics as the use of Ingold's fraise and Carpano cutter data). The articles are in perfect sequence and his line drawings are works of art. I even wrote Archie to let him know that someone appreciated what he had done. He writes like Daniels, every word has a purpose.
For learning proper machining, nothing beats the Argus books and the books sold for the Sherline users.
For learning how to match a lever escapement there is only one effective book/method: Barkus's "Know the Escapement".
There are other more esoteric books, such as those by Kleinlein and other turn of the century authors; but they are a little difficult to come by. And not all turn of the century authors knew what they were talking about either (I ran across one (Hood?) who completely misunderstood the detent escapement but was excellent with almost everything else). So it can be risky to rely on some of these folk.
I am not alone in my opinion that Henry sometimes described things he himself never tried. OTOH, I never ran across any such thing in books by DeCarle.
Henry's "Analysis of the Lever Escapement" is essentially a reprint of several turn of the century writers. Not to mention the fact that preapring a mechanical drwaing of a lever escapement is no help in knowing how to practically match a screwed up lever escapement (once you learn the Barkus approach, this takes 15 minutes on a very bad day).
His book on electric watches is pretty useful (especially the first edition which is the only source of info on the Elgin Electric).
But today, the place to start is Daniels, Gazeley and Barkus. And Perkins if you have the HTs.
These are the same recommendations I give to WOSTEP students who come visit my shop. If you aren't willing to build a library, you aren't serious about learning the craft. In many ways, the books are more important than a lathe!
Originally posted by Dewey:
Yes EVERY issue. It is great you also understand what that took. The planning and discipline! I have to warn you, by the time you are done stapling each installment, the stack is about 12 inches high with the stapled corner sticking up noticeably.
AS for Watchmaking, do a search on ebay with the terms watchmaking and Daniels. There is always someone selling remaindered copies.