• 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.

Mother’s clock

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Hi all
I finally plucked up the courage to have a look at my mothers smith’s Westminster chime that my late father bought her for there first anniversary ( he worked for smith’s ) well it must have been dropped in the house move because not only was the glass broken but as can be seen from the picture the long leaver had jumped out of the slot in the plate, I think that was why it was permanently chiming, but as I had the movement out of the case I thought I may as well strip clean and service it, although it had been done about 6 years earlier so it didn’t look to bad .
I just hope as I have done a Haller & Benzing it will come a bit easier but only time will tell.
Dell
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Dells

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Well I have mother’s clock up and running, it was well worth having a go at another Westminster chime first although that is still not chiming every now and then, it made this smiths clock so much easier although I had a problem getting the chime to go into warning then run , there are two little hooks for the stop and one is adjustable with a pin that locates to the other hook it was a pain getting that adjusted to the correct position also the locking cam was troublesome as well because there are two cams, but got there in the end (I think ) can anyone please tell me if there is a rule of thumb.
Thanks in advance Dell
 

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Sometimes you can bend lever arm, ever so slight, just to add a hair more lift, so it can start. But the question is which one.

Other times bushing work needs to be done as a mesh is binding, sucking energy, preventing gears flowing at start.
 
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Sometimes adjusting the two hooks at the 3/4 hour position is beneficial. If they are both in the same position at that time, they will likely work correctly independently as well.
 
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