SPRING MEETING, SATURDAY, MARCH 29, 2003
Nied Talks About the Need to Think
Our programs, while announced to be a two-part program about cleaning and repairing watches, turned out to be two delightful presentations that would interest anyone concerned with horology. Daniel Nied, director of the NAWCC School of Horology, presented an outstanding talk that could have been titled "Think."
Dan's first talk was about cleaning. But the approach was to make you question and understand the decisions you make when you clean any watch or clock. Such basic choices as aqueous or non-aqueous solutions, cleaners with or without ammonia, and type of rinses. should be considered. And not only must you consider what effect the solutions have on the parts, but also the safety involved in using and disposing of these solutions.
With a great sense of humor, Dan pointed out that there is no one best way, and everyone usually has a method that works best for them. He also suggested that you examine the article first to see if you can determine the problems. Pre-cleaning without disassembly usually helps to do this.
There was a brief discussion of various types of cleaning machines with a strong emphasis not to overlook hand cleaning as an effective technique.
Following a short break, Nied discussed repairs from a philosophical point of view. When asked to work on a watch or clock, you have three choices. Repair - make it work, Restore - bring back to the way it was, or Conserve - stop the deterioration but do not try to repair or restore. This was followed by typical problems found in watches and clocks and how to resolve them when one of the choices is being followed.
Dan concluded with suggestions that to ensure good work, keep your tools in good shape, clean and sharp. Buy good quality tools and keep in mind that little tools should be used for small parts.
Richard Robinson, NAWCC director of Development, gave a short but enthusiastic presentation on current trends of the NAWCC in relation to problems of today. These are focused on costs, membership, and publicity. Major efforts are being piloted to work with school children in hopes of creating a future interest in horology. Strong effort is also being directed to make the public aware of the library facilities, the museum, and the horology school. The association has just been chosen to work on the pocket watch from the Civil War that was found on the Confederate submarine H.L.Hunley after it sank the USS Houstanic in 1864.
Dick also outlined the many interesting areas around Columbia and suggested places to stay, with the hope that many of the Chapter 8 members would come and see all the new facilities.
-- Dick Trepp
|7:30 AM||Registration name tags available for those members who preregistered.
Registration table open for "walk-ins". Mart area open for setup by table holders only.
|8:00 AM||(No later than) Mart open; with closing at 11:30 A.M. for 12:00 Noon Luncheon.|
|8:30 AM||Silent Auction Table will run from 8:30 to 10:30A.M.|
|9:30 AM||Daniel A. Neid, Director of the School of Horology of the NAWCC, will present two consecutive sessions on Cleaning Procedures and Repair of Watches.|
|10:30 AM||Silent auction closes along with sale of raffle tickets. Buyers and sellers should meet and settle up at this time.|
|10:45 AM||Daniel A. Neid, Repair of Watches.|
|11:30||Break for Lunch, Mart closes|
|12:00||Luncheon Program: Richard M. Robinson, Director of Development for the NAWCC, will provide unique insight to what is happening at the National level and how it affects our Local Chapter.|
The Silent Auction table - 8: 30 to 10:30:
1. Fill out a slip at the table with your minimum price you will accept for the item. Members can then write in their bids during the course of the auction.
2 Tag or mark the item with a fixed price that you will accept. The first person to offer this gets the item. This enables a person to buy at a known cost and not have to keep checking a bid during the auction.
Either way, the cost to you as a seller is only $3.00 PER ITEM. The charge is payable in advance and applies whether item sells or not.
At the same table or at the registration table in the hall you can buy a ticket for the 50-50 raffle. YOU get 50% of the total pot and Chapter 8 benefits from the other half. $1.00 per ticket or three for $2.00.
Suitcase Clock Repair Courses
Ron Hunt, a new director of Chapter 8, will handle the NAWCC Suitcase Program. If you are interested, contact Ron at a meeting or call him at 978- 369-5629. Contact by E-mail is email@example.com
If you any of you have a question or wish to contact someone in the chapter, get in touch with any of these four and they will get your message to the right person if they cannot help you.
President Dave Deutemiam
81 Kingman St., Lakeville, MA 02347
1st Vice Pres. Burt Kassap
112 Bullough Park, Newtonville, MA 02460
2nd Vice Pres. Harold Lincoln
5 Ringbolt Road, Hingham, MA 02043
Treasurer Wayne Paskerian
5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890
Secretary Dick Trepp
573 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106
Past President Bob Frishman
53 Poor St., Andover MA 01810
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