To buy or not to buy - wooden clock - folk art?

Probox

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How often do you walk away from buying a clock and then later say to yourself, "Damn I should've bought that!" I was looking at a completely wooden clock (modern last 25 years) not vintage, where the case and movement are hand made, other than a few lantern pinions there is no metal, none of the wheels are metal, even the escape wheel is wooden (yes a daunting task) Problem is that the escape wheel has broken teeth and there is now no weight with the clock (so I don't know what weight it would need) Today it's not a functional clock and never did keep time according to the former owners widow. It is a rather interesting piece of folk art in my opinion though. The movement is quite large with the escape wheel proba 2015-11-22 12.44.26.jpg 2015-11-22 12.46.44.jpg 2015-11-22 12.46.48.jpg 2015-11-22 12.51.53.jpg bly about 9or 10" across. See the pics, and give me some advice. Buy or don't buy?
 

Burkhard Rasch

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interesting movement,but I wouldn't spend much money on it.If You don't get the issues resolved You should be able to make it a good fire without regretting the high sum You payed for it.
Burkhard
 
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Tinker Dwight

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I'd find no issue replacing the wood pivots with some steel rods
and wood bushings.
Again for the right price.
You do need to rework the escapement.
Tinker Dwight
 

Probox

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Thanks guys, I just cant resist it as a piece of folk art at least. Thanks for the suggestions, I was actually thinking that the escapement pallets should be made of metal pins. I have a carpenter/artisan who can remake the escapement wheel for about $150 CDN. I know from purely horological view it's not a serious timepiece.
 

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