Homer Barkus

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  1. cazboy

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    In researching another thread I found a reference to a small book from 1947 by Homer Barkus called "The Proper Use of the Watchmaker's Graver". It seems to be quite highly regarded, but I can't seem to find a source from the usual sources. Can anyone tell me where I might purchase a copy of this book? I also noticed that he authored other books as well.
     
  2. Richard Watkins

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    Try http://www.addall.com/Used/ and search for author "barkus" and title "graver"

    There are several copies listed, but all are rather expensive.

    Also search for author "barkus" and keyword "watch" to get other books.
     
  3. cazboy

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    That worked! I was not familiar with that source. You're right, they're all pricey but the one from Amazon seems fine to me. Thanks, Richard.
     
  4. Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

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    I am aware of the following titles and editions by >Barkus:

    * Homer A. Barkus
    Title: Barkus Escapement Course
    Keywords: textbook escapement
    Other Keywords: Barkus
    Edition: 1949
    Page or pages: 36
    BHM ID: 4781

    * Homer A. Barkus, Russel E. Tanner
    Title: Know the Escapement
    Keywords: adjust escapement
    Other Keywords: pin lever
    Edition: 1943 First Edition
    Page or pages: 93
    BHM ID: 1040

    * Homer A. Barkus
    Title: Know the Escapement
    SubTitle: [Fith new and completly Revised and Extended Edition]
    Keywords: textbook escapement anchor/lever basic technical practical
    Edition: 1948, 5th revised and extended edition
    Page or pages: 150
    BHM ID: 11063

    * Homer A. Barkus
    Title: Oiling the Watch
    SubTitle: A comprehensive treatise on the practical oiling of the watch, together with information on various oilers
    Keywords: lubrication/friction practical
    Other Keywords: oiling oil
    Edition: 1948, 1st edition
    Page or pages: 49
    BHM ID: 11066

    * Homer A. Barkus
    Title: Proper Use of the Watchmaker's Graver
    Keywords: tool make craft
    Other Keywords: graver
    Edition: 1960s facsilile reprint
    Page or pages: 48
    BHM ID: 918

    * Homer A. Barkus
    Title: Proper Use of the Watchmaker's Graver [First edition]
    SubTitle: A compehensive treatise on the use of the watchmaker's hand turning graver. With hints on the slide rest application.
    Keywords: textbook lathe practical how-to
    Other Keywords: graver
    Edition: 1947
    Page or pages: 39
    BHM ID: 11067
     
  5. cazboy

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    Thank you for that, Fortunat. I wonder why the expansion from 39 pages for the first edition of Proper Use of the Watchmaker's Graver to 48 pages in the '60's reprint? Larger typeface?
     
  6. Richard Watkins

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    I haven't seen the 1960s reprint, but I discovered that I have 4 copies, 3 original and 1 1992 reprint. All are identical and 39 pages except for one original which has 45 pages. That has exactly the same text as the others with the following additional material:

    The Barkus carboloy staff remover (3 pages).

    Barkus model escapement (3 pages).
     

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