• 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.

Vandyke 'Regulator'

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I am trying to get an old family "Vandyke Regulator" working . It was 'repaired' some years ago but I have never been able to get it to run for more than a few minutes at a time. The mechanism has been recently completely dismantled, cleaned and (lightly) oiled, but it still will only run for a very short period of time. I believe the problem lies with the ribbon escapement - but I may be completely wrong.

I have attached a video of the movement, and would be most grateful for any advice as to :-

a) where the problem lies
b) how to go about rectifying the problem

Thank you for any help you are able to offer.
 

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shutterbug

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The recoil is good. If you take off the verge and then stop and start the escape wheel with your thumb, does it snap quickly to life or does it appear a little sluggish? I do see some badly bent teeth on the escape wheel. Those should be pulled to a nice point again. Shark teeth like those will kill the escapement action.
 

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Thank you shutterbug for responding to my post.

The escape wheel when freed very radidly spins up and runs completely freely.

I'm completely new to clock repair (as you might have guessed !). Could you suggest how I might pull the escape wheel teeth to a point.

Thanks again
 

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Get some smooth jawed pliers (small ones). Then line up on the flat part of the teeth and apply a little pressure and pull straight off the point. That should straighten things out.
 

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hard to see, but the suspension spring looks like it may be twisted/kinked a bit?

also, make sure the crutch slot is not too tight... that can add unwanted friction.
 
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