• 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.

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phildee

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Hi Everyone,Hope You are All Well.
I have started to strip down the Movement on a Clock that I purchased at a Boot Sale.
I have Posted Photos of this Clock in a previous post,where I was able to find out the
Identity of the Clock,and also some Information on the Clock.

During the course of stripping down I have come across bad scoring on the (I hope I get this right)
Entry and Exit Palletts,as in Photos.What I would like to know is,how to fix this.Can the assembly be replaced,
or can there be a repair done.
Regards,
Phil

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roughbarked

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Easiest to replace the anchor if you can find one in better condition.
It is sometimes possible to move the anchor or the escape wheel so that it uses a new part of the faces. However the pivots on the anchor may be too short for this.

It is also possible to file new faces by filing away the grooves but this will alter the depth and some adjustment may be necessary.
 
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Thomas Sanguigni

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Roughbarked is on the right path. How does the escape wheel look? After prepping the anchor, you may find the wear grooves too deep. If the escape wheel can be moved up or down the shaft, you can relocate the teeth to ride on fresh, unused anchor material. Post a photo of the escape wheel at your convenience.
 

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The good news is that it's a recoil escapement. They are not quite as fussy about angles. For a newbie, perhaps the easiest fix would be to have a local machine shop with a micro welder fill in the grooves. Then you could re-establish the faces and polish it up again.
 

phildee

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Hi Everyone,
Thank You All for Your replies and the Information Therein.
Could Anyone tell Me Please what Material is the Anchor made of and how
does it attach to the shaft.Also,for My interest,how does the Crutch attach
to the shaft.
Regards,
Phil
 

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The anchor will be steel, and is staked onto the arbor. Direction is important. The crutch is friction fit to the arbor so it can move with a little effort. You probably won't have to remove that part. The steel pallets will have to be hardened and polished after final adjustments are made. One of the verges (anchors) shown here might work .... or at least one of the lower verges.
 
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phildee

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The anchor will be steel, and is staked onto the arbor. Direction is important. The crutch is friction fit to the arbor so it can move with a little effort. You probably won't have to remove that part. The steel pallets will have to be hardened and polished after final adjustments are made. One of the verges (anchors) shown here might work .... or at least one of the lower verges.
Hi Shutterbug,
Thank You for Your Reply and the Link provided.Could I ask is it possible
to ascertain dimensions of the Verges,to enable Me to compare with dimensions of
the Verge I have.Also where are Timesavers based,I am in the U.K. will They ship to here.

Regards,
Phil
 

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Have you tried the pallets in the cleaned clock? I would try them first. yes you will have more drop (free rotation of the escape wheel) , but your clock may have adjustable pallet arbor bearings in which case by incrementally reducing he centre distance of the pallet arbor and escape wheel arbor, you will reduce drop. think you will find these pallets are fine... try it. Hope this helps.
 
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