• 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.

Lantern Pin Cutter and Staking Tool

ticktock

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Never used one. Looking to buy but before I do who has a good product, functionality and how much can I expect to pay?
 

ticktock

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Never used one. Looking to buy but before I do who has a good product, functionality and how much can I expect to pay?
 

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T.T.,before you invest $280.00 (Merritts Catalogue) why don't you try this.Go to a plumbing supply house or even Home Depot or Lowes and get yourself a clamping device used to grip the tubing when you flare copper tubing.The type that the plumbers use,I'm sure you've seen them.There is usually a half dozen or more cylindrical holes within it and believe me it works quite well for gripping the common size Lantern Pinions and it doesn't cost $280.00,maybe $15.00 for a good one.I've been using one for the past few years and it seems to work fine for me.At least try it before you invest that kind of serious money in a staking tool.As far as cutting piano wire or pinion wire I use my good ole Dremel.I put a thin cutting blade in it,,mark my lengths on a pc. of wood,and cut about 95% through it and just snap it off the base pc.One thing I've found is that if you cut completely through the wire with your Dremel the small pc. will zing away occassionally thats why I leave a little sliver attached to the base pc..
I hope this was of some help to you.Best of luck in your clock work.
Respectfully,Bob Fullerton
 

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