What other interests or hobbies do you have?

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  1. ClipClock

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    #1 ClipClock, Feb 17, 2015
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    I thought it might be interesting to find out what other interests and hobbies you all have, besides clocks or watches?

    For me its horses (and my other animals of course), but horse riding has been a passion since I was knee high lol. I was plonked on my first pony before I could walk, he was a devil of a little Shetland pony. Paul was accommodating when I was too small to do anything other than sit, but found it an unwelcome intrusion when I got to the age of wanting to direct operations. He fired me off innumerable times to the unkind hilarity of my parents :D My enthusiasm could not be dimmed though :)

    For those that don't know the Shetland pony breed, here is a cartoon by the wonderful late Norman Thelwell that captures their indomitable character so well (If you've never seen Thelwell cartoons, its really worth having a look at them!)

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    A new hobby is Silversmithing, I started doing evening classes about 4 months ago mainly to improve my metal working abilities and to learn how to really neatly solder etc to help in clock repair, but I've got really into it in its own right. I'm a total beginner and so far my output has been limited to a silver link bracelet and a pendant set with a stone but I'm learning loads and its great fun

    Other interests too, but I'll stop there!

    So, what about you? :)
     
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    As an Electronic Engineer I have done lots of electronic hobby stuff designing and repairing stuff for me and others. In parallel I had a side "business" restoring old small gas engines, mainly North American made. Same kind of things as clocks. At one time there were dozens and dozens of small engine manufacturers and by the 1970's most had long gone, so making parts was what I had to do.

    As electronic stuff started to get into more custom / special purpose IC's and then finally going to surface mount, I more or less hung up the soldering iron. Stuff was too hard to find and I couldn't see the components.

    So when I retired 4 years ago I decided to do clocks more or less full time as a hobby to fix things for others, and continue to develop my knowledge and skills.

    I also am working with a younger friend who has a contract with the military to retrofit some very expensive hi tech gear and has asked me to do some precision machining for him.

    And finally I am working with another friend who is building an experiment aircraft. It is a Sonic with a aero kit version of the old VW bug engine. We have it pretty much all done and getting ready to flash it up soon. He is in the process of ordering a different type for the next one, so lots of stuff to do for the foreseeable future.

    David
     
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    I guess I'll chime in here as we all love to talk about ourselves I guess... I know I'll never be bored because I have too many interests which is why I'm probably not great at anything.

    Always loved music and have played piano since early years, love to play and write music and have in recent years taken up drawing and painting, portraits mostly. I find the challenge of capturing the mood and essence of a person rewarding when you get it right.

    I would guess that most of us here do some woodworking and while I have always had a thing for clocks, I am only recently taking them apart and getting into the nitty-gtritty of repair.

    I think one thing leads to another. Woodworking and finishing helps with clock case restoration, painting may lead to other parts of clock restoration like reverse glass painting etc. Certainly Silversmithing could fit in. Starting to read up on gold leafing...who knows what's next? These are the things that keep me going!
     
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    I have a hard time drawing a distinct line between vocation and avocation regarding both clocks and watches. I collect and repair both for my own collection, but I also have a large private clientele which keeps me busy doing clocks and watches for others. I am a member of two groups that play old-time fiddle music, and have played at rodeos, fairs, parades, bar-b-cues, banquets, etc. I have a hobby car which I don't do my own work on, but I love driving it in parades, and at car shows. And we trailer a lot during our all too brief Canadian prairie summers. This list could go on and on, but the coffee is ready!
     
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    I've always been a musician, since I was old enough to sing. We had a family band, and my mother's family were all vaudeville musicians so we always had music as part of our family gatherings.
    Recently, I've become involved in the game of pool. I love the challenge involved, and have played in leagues for two years now. I'm getting pretty good at it, but only about half as good as some of the really good players :)
     
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    One of the things I do outside of clocks is play Texas Holdem poker in a local league. It is one night a week, gets me out of the house, and last year I won about $3,000 over the year, finishing first in 2 of the playoffs. Costs $10 a week to play, with all the money going into the "final table" of the top 16 players over a 3 month period. I also spend a fair bit of time at my cottage, fishing, hunting and ATVing.
     
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    In my early misspent youth I won a number of pool tournaments, cheap Swiss watches were always the prize. I knew many of the greats by seeing them in exhibition at the pool hall I frequented...Willie Mosconi, Ralph Greenleaf, Jimmy Caras and so many others I cannot recall. In billiards I saw the greatest of all Willie Hoppe. Mosconi ran about 535 balls without a miss. Took some hours to do that, I guess when he ran over 200, he felt I may as well keep shooting.

    Did you ever see the movie "The Hustler"...I think you can see it for free on www.Crackle.com
     
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    ClipClock:

    Thank you for adding an interesting subject to our usual chatter on the Member News and Views. In my early years as a typesetter, I learned to use the printer's saw to create all kinds of angles, curves, and circles, etc.

    This led in my later years to the woodworking skills I never knew I had. I built five grandmother clocks and five bracket clocks (the bracket clock was from a picture in a woodworking magazine.) The grandmother clocks were from an inherent form of appeal to my eye in looking at pictures of other grandfather clocks.

    We traveled to quite a few countries overseas and brought home many things to frame. In Philadelphia there was a firm that sold picture framing material of many descriptions, I did all the framing of whatever is hanging on our walls. In Italy, one interesting framing caught my eye and in the early years of our marriage, we spent many weekends searching for old Daguerre type frames…they were used in conjunction with framing early photos of our nieces and nephews on both sides of our families, the red velvet background with sunk in brass picture Daguerre frames lent much appeal to the finished product.

    Another part of my early woodworking years was building the beautiful wall cabinet with open shelves and a series of closed doors beneath that were shelved and held many household things. The step tables were a search of many fruitless months until I decided to build them myself. The tapered legs adds to their still beautiful form that holds an early English Staffordshire figure made into a lamp. We needed a round table to hold another lamp that sat on a floor length skirted table, I built that too.

    They say, "Necessity is the mother of invention"…I guess that could apply to many of the things that came to life simply because we had the will to do what we needed.

    Some pictures appear below…these are ROUGH, I did not spend time touching up or straightening them for better eye appeal. I did not copy all the pictures on the walls of the living room or dining room.

    100_1294.jpg 100_1295.jpg 100_1297.jpg 100_1298.jpg 100_1299.JPG 100_1300.JPG
     
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    I cannot but help think what a genius this human being was in capturing the thoughts that came to his mind and then
    reproducing them in the wonderful art that came from his eye and hand with paper and water color and paint.

    Rockwell's famous paintings of 'People's Expressions'.


    If these paintings don't give you one of the greatest emotional trips you've had in the past
    few years, I would be very surprised. Just sit back, reminisce, and enjoy.


    http://www.kingsacademy.com/mhodges/11_Western-Art/27_Popular_Modern-Realism/Rockwell/Rockwell.htm
     
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    Wow Dweiss those are lovely, thanks for sharing the photos! Do you still have any of the clocks you made? My long term goal with my silversmithing classes is to make a clock case, but I want it to look really good so my dream is a very long way from fruition :) Next thing I'm making a box with a lid (eventually lol)

    David the aircraft sounds fascinating, what a great project!

    Fitzclan I wanted to be an artist when I was younger, but finally realised my lack of talent was a barrier :D . I still love art though, its another of my passions

    Its really interesting to read about the things everyone enjoys outside the world of clocks, thanks to those who have replied so far!

    PS Harold that is super cool to win so much, doing something you enjoy!
     
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    Attached are a few views of the bracket clocks I built. The dials are offset plates with printed mandrels and glued in place. No other clock in the world have dials such as these home-made featuring offset printing plates, gold paper and crinkled gold paper.
     

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    My other interests are golf, been playing since I was 5 and could challenge tiger woods right now the way he is playing, had a 15 handicap 20 years ago when I played twice a week, but that was 20 years ago, classic hot rods-can't afford a hot rod right now but had my fun with a '79 Mustang Cobra, '67 GTO, '66 Caprice, '65 Mustang Convertible and '64 Chevy Malibu, go to the drags once a year at Englishtown, NJ and finally, drinking beer to top the day off.
     

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    Lovely clock dweiss, its really beautiful. The dial is very special
     
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    Where to start? Seems I have always liked to pull things apart to see how they work. Luckily, I developed a knack for spotting the reason those things wouldn't work and found repairing them to be very satisfying. I have never had much interested in theory. I would much rather do than read. All things with an engine take my interest. Well, except trains that is. If you can't steer it, I don't see the point in it;) I do love speed (and not the sort musicians like Shutterbug:). I have never lived more than 20 minutes from the country, so I have always been into hunting and fishing. I have a soft spot for animals, so there are always plenty of those around. I don't think I actually have a hobby though as fixing stuff has always been part of my daily life. I had a horse once clip. He was a 17 1/2 hand black gelding. I use to refer to him as the hole in the padlock I like to throw money into:whistle:
     
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    Yes Dweiss, I concur. Rockwell captured the expression of a whole generation and a time gone forever. He was one-of-a-kind.
     
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    On the subject of Norman Rockwell, there is a British artist whose work I enjoy immensely, as well. This artist is prominently displayed in the Tate Gallery, in London. He very frequently features horological items in his pictures. And also, olde country English watch and clockmakers, out of horological interest. His name is Charles Spencelayh.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/charles-spencelayh
     
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    Doug those paintings are wonderful, I've never seen that artists work before.

    Leeinv, that was one HUGE horse you had there, but I'm afraid they always seem to be hopeless money pits lol. If I worked out how much money I've spent on them over the years I'd probably have a heart attack....
     
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    Yes Clip, he was a big fella alright! Especially when he had a bad habit of leaning on you when you picked up his hooves. And, it was a loooong way down when he had one of his flash back moments and thought he was back on the track. Lucky I bounce:whistle:
     
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    I've winnowed things down over the last few years due to a lack of time. Frankly, it's also an attempt to focus for a change - I've always said I have an insatiable curiosity and the attention span of a flea. There has always been reading. Lots and lots of books. Right now, the foci are acoustic guitar (moving beyond just strumming, after 40+ years), auto mechanics, household repairs (everything except air conditioner work), and infrequent woodworking and shooting. Over the years, there have been flyable model airplanes (remote control and control line, though my focus was on building them), scuba (divemaster and assistant instructor), amateur radio (Extra class license AC5UA), sewing, lots of woodworking, repairing anything with an engine (everything from .049 cubic inches (0.82cc) to 13 liters, and everything except body work), kit cars, gardening, electronics kits, PC tweaking, and myriad other things I can't bring to mind. With the exception of scuba, all of those have popped up occasionally, and have a likelihood of doing so again without notice.

    Sometimes I exhaust myself. It's no danged wonder things take so long to get done!

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    I can see why you'd eliminate the scuba diving, Glen. That's the only one on the list where you can instantly see that you're in over your head! :cyclops:
     
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    Clip, I'm a bit of a Jack-of-All-Trades. I've at least tried just a about everything I can think of that doesn't involve team sports. Including helping out at a stable when I was about 14. I got thrown by a 17-1/2 hand gelding named Brick when the stable manager sent a pony cart out onto the track with us. It felt like I spent about 2 minutes in the air - but I got right back on! It wasn't Brick's fault. I don't think he'd ever seen a pony cart before. And he settled right down once he understood what was going on.

    I'm a bit busy right now, and will try to be more specific when I don't feel pressed for time.
    I LIKE your thread!

    P.S. The stable job was mucking out stalls, etc. in return for being allowed to learn to ride. The contact with the MANY teenaged girls hanging around didn't have anything to do with it. If you believe THAT, I have some nice dry swamp land in Florida for sale!
     
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    #22 Bill Stuntz, Feb 19, 2015
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    You sound a LOT like me - nearly identical stories, including a passion for model aircraft!

    P.S. You've saved me a lot of typing! The only really significant differences are that I was never a dive master/instructor, my call sign was WN8LWW back in the dark ages, and my engine sizes go down to .020 cubic inches and don't go anywhere near 13L.

    P.P.S. You left out white water kayaking/rafting and SCCA autocross racing that should be in MY list. But I can't think of much else!
     

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