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    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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Kienzle 'click spring' made with a paperclip


NAWCC Member
Jun 15, 2020
Hi folks

I'm sure you'll enjoy this one; photo from a Kienzle three train movement, having a very powerful spring on the chime train (so much so it needs two click springs).

Not only is this unsafe (can you imagine the hurt of the winding key on your fingers? eep)...but I'll bet it never worked in the first place. There is no spring power in the metal, so I can't see how it would. All for a $2 part, astonishing really.

Fixed now!




NAWCC Member
Sep 4, 2008
(Sorry, I think this belongs in the Clockmakers Hall of Shame thread - could a mod. help move it?)
This looks like a repair that I could have done as a schoolboy when I had no idea that clock parts could be purchased somewhere. So all I could use had to be found somewhere at home. Maybe I would have used a more springy wire, but maybe not. Thanks God there is the second click still in place and working.



NAWCC Member
Dec 21, 2006



Found a similar 'repair' in a Herschede tambour a few years back and the strike train had already failed when I got it. Total mayhem with the barrel and 2nd wheel. Yes it's understandable some of these amateur repairs were reliant on limited resources during hard times, but it has to have actually worked. Which it simply could not have, given the lack of spring tension with paper clip wire.


Staff member
NAWCC Member
Oct 19, 2005
North Carolina
Judging from the metal filings around the lower click, it probably failed a lot!
Actually, the safety pin idea would have worked. Ugly, but functional :)

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