• 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.

Wild Man with a punch!

Willie X

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Anyone ever seen punchings on the face of a barrel? This poor clock had about 12 punches on the machines face of each barrel. The barrels had to be out of the clock to do this. :???: Willie X

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bikerclockguy

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Willie, if you look closely at the marks, they look “directional”, like they were made with something coming in contact with the barrier, rather than the even crescent mark normally associated with a hole closing punch. I wouldn’t make a good pimple on a horologist’s butt compared to your skill level, but fwiw, that’s what it looks like to me.
 

SuffolkM

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I reckon this is from a gripping tool or something. Guessing the barrel cap was being forced, hammered or squeezed into the barrel which was being turned a little at a time to get the job done. Rather bad!
 

shutterbug

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That's a head scratcher, alright. Someone stumbling around in the dark regarding how to do things well.
 

Willie X

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I think RC summed it up in post #11. There are no marks on the caps and all three barrels are dented about the same way. Some of the dents show through, inside the barrels. Willie X
 

JimmyOz

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I would guess that they tried to get the cap on in a vice that had something protruding in one of the jaws, looking at the indents they all seem to be alike and at random intervals.
 

roughbarked

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Yes. Though it could be that a fibre mallet may have been used to hit the lids and the anvil had the protrusion. This seems to work with no marks on the lids/covers. However, they look like he/she hit the lids quite firmly if that was the case?
 

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