• 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.

Herschede repair advice...

rpludwig

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Gentlemen,

Been on this excellent forum many years ago for advice on the same Herschede Hall Clock c. 1915, 7 tube 2 weights, Westminster & Canterbury chimes.

Back again with a new issue and seeking advice.

1. The minute hand is held in place in it's proper position by a slotted cup washer with a tapered pin holding it in place. There is wiggle room in the minute hand enough to cause it to move inward (toward the face of the clock) and thus intersect (hang up) on the hour hand stopping the clock. I have placed a small slotted lock washer behind/under the cup washer and in front of the minute hand as a spacer. This is holding the minute hand firmly in place and properly spaced relative to the hour hand and plumb with the face of the clock. The clock is now back running with no issues (yet). Is this a reasonable solution to the issue, and/or is there a better approach? Can you recommend a source for replacement parts (cup washer & pin)?

2. Setting the beat - I have no electronic gizmo that you folks use to set the beat properly, however I do have good ears and an electronic metronome used for music applications as a jazz drummer. It is in beat to my ears, the metronome, and presently keeping time. Is there a different gadget available I should look into or is this sufficient?

3. We now live in New Bern, NC (coastal region), I've been unable to find a reliable horologist in the area to service the clock. It is time for a complete overhaul and likely some bushing work in a few areas. I do oil the bushings sparingly every 3-4 years with proper clock oil. Any recommendations from your NAWCC community nearby? (I can take the movement and weights/chimes sans case to a reputable shop for such bench work).

thanks in advance for your advice. I have downloaded pics of the clock and the movement issue #1 above.
Ron

Herschede 2.jpg Herschede 1.jpg
 
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Can't argue with success. If it's working, it's OK. Your ear will be plenty good enough for setting the beat. No need for expensive equipment. :)
 

rpludwig

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Feb 5, 2013
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Gentlemen,

Been on this excellent forum many years ago for advice on the same Herschede Hall Clock c. 1915, 7 tube 2 weights, Westminster & Canterbury chimes.

Back again with a new issue and seeking advice.

1. The minute hand is held in place in it's proper position by a slotted cup washer with a tapered pin holding it in place. There is wiggle room in the minute hand enough to cause it to move inward (toward the face of the clock) and thus intersect (hang up) on the hour hand stopping the clock. I have placed a small slotted lock washer behind/under the cup washer and in front of the minute hand as a spacer. This is holding the minute hand firmly in place and properly spaced relative to the hour hand and plumb with the face of the clock. The clock is now back running with no issues (yet). Is this a reasonable solution to the issue, and/or is there a better approach? Can you recommend a source for replacement parts (cup washer & pin)?

2. Setting the beat - I have no electronic gizmo that you folks use to set the beat properly, however I do have good ears and an electronic metronome used for music applications as a jazz drummer. It is in beat to my ears, the metronome, and presently keeping time. Is there a different gadget available I should look into or is this sufficient?

3. We now live in New Bern, NC (coastal region), I've been unable to find a reliable horologist in the area to service the clock. It is time for a complete overhaul and likely some bushing work in a few areas. I do oil the bushings sparingly every 3-4 years with proper clock oil. Any recommendations from your NAWCC community nearby? (I can take the movement and weights/chimes sans case to a reputable shop for such bench work).

thanks in advance for your advice. I have downloaded pics of the clock and the movement issue #1 above.
Ron

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Further to this Herschede, the chimes were hung on the rack, originally with a cord of some sort. Over the years, family members have replaced them as they failed with a variety of string, waxed cord, paracord, shoelaces, whatever. Recently one let loose (again) as I heard a chime fall to the floor of the clock.

My permanent solution, (certainly unconventional and not period correct) is simply zip-ties. Easily adjustable (up) as needed, no knots to tie, and no rot or wear over time. Just thought I'd share, perhaps others have done similar. Pics show the first six tubes zip-tied, the 7th still with paracord, soon to be zip-tied......fwiw

Herschede 4.jpg Herschede 3.jpg
 
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rpludwig

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perhaps so....time will tell...will report back...
 
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