• 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.

Spare pendulum conundrum

novicetimekeeper

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I usually put luggage labels on the dial clock pendula that are separated from their hosts to avoid confusion, long case pendula and weights I write on with permanent marker or again luggage labels.

Somehow I have a spare dial clock pendulum. It is a good quality early design type with the pins to hold it together while the lead is poured in.

I remember it coming with a clock and thinking that's a good one.

I have been round every dial clock in the house, none is missing a pendulum.

I have one out for repair and that has its pendulum.

So it is definitely spare. Have I actually lost a clock?

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Chris Radano

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I bought a couple spare pendulums over the years. It's a good idea to label them, maybe I should get to it.
You will purchase a dial clock missing a pendulum and this one will be the required length.
 

novicetimekeeper

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I'm sure it will find a home, what worries me is what happened to the home it had!
 

Jmeechie

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Well, the best I can offer is fusee movement of a possible wall clock nature Or possibly shelf! It’s definitely for a fusee movement.
Cheers,
James
 

DeanT

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Did you ever convert one back from anchor to verge?
 

novicetimekeeper

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We were just discussing this, I don't think I have lost a clock. All but one of the clocks are now on the wall and some are not easy to get at. I may have felt for the pendulum and felt the crutch thinking I found the pendulum. I'm going to check them all again.
 

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