• 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.

Original hand style and size for French clock

Nibsey

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Having difficulty determining which hands will fit this French clock. Any ideas on the original style, length and square spindle size? Timesavers has a bunch of options and a set with a 2mm square bushing proved too small to fit this... it’s a 4” dial edge to edge.

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howtorepairpendulumclocks

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Looks like you have the hand bosses there behind the collet? Hands just snapped off. If you have access to micro-silver soldering kit or know a friendly jeweller, retain the bosses, saves you a heap of work. hand design? Spade, trefoil, moon (Breguet style), all would be ok, blued steel. Hope this helps...
 

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You know about relatively low-temperature 'soft' soldering, the technique that has a bad reputation but is incredibly useful if done neatly? Well there is a higher temperature and stronger version that uses silver solder like jewellers or silversmiths use. for jobs like this with steel where you have a small joint that can withstand higher temperatures, it is a useful technique to have at your disposal. You'll need some 'easy-flow' solder, a small gas torch, one of those micro-torches will just about work for these small hands and you will need some flux, the traditional borax cone works well. As always, practice on scrap pieces of metal first. Look at some jewellery making or silver-smithing YouTube vids first as those people are the experts here.
 

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