FALL MEETING, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2007
Auburn Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA
The Congreve Rolling Ball Clock
Restoring Your Metal Clock Cases
Bringing Back the Beauty
The second presentation was, "Restoring Your Metal Clock Cases - Bringing Back the Beauty." Scott Ciardi covered the topics of the benefits of restoring brass clock cases, described the process and the different steps of restoring old and antique clock cases from the initial cleaning to the final lacquer finish, and discussed the range of finishes that can be done from highly-polished brass and nickel plate to more subdued finishes such as butler finish and oxidation. He provided hands-on detail about the methods of prepping the surfaces (glass-bead blasting and different solutions), the real personal hazards of buffing irregularly-shaped pieces, and the final step of spraying lacquer on the polished pieces. Scott Ciardi is a third generation member of a family-owned metal restoration business started in 1925 by Earnest Ciardi in
After the second presenter, there was an interval of the usual non-programmed time followed by a buffet luncheon for the attendees. After lunch, the Chapter President, Larry Chelmow, discussed the new location for this meeting and solicited comments about having other meetings at non-hotel locations. The overall response was favorable. Additionally, the previously-presented combined chapters' (MA, NH, CT and ME) meeting was discussed with the suggestion that this combined meeting use the annual Chapter 8 picnic as the event.
The J. C. Brown Clock Companies
The 12:45 PM program was given by Howard Cohen, "The J. C. Brown Clock Companies." Howard spoke about the history of the J. C. Brown clock companies and shared images showing the wide range of interesting cases and clocks that were produced over the decades by these companies. Descriptions were given about the details of the dials (raised chapter rings and mostly signed) and the frequent use of J. C. Brown’s portrait and / or his house as decorations on glass tablets. The presentation encompassed the range of clock case styles that was produced such as acorn, wall lyre, giant Empire, cottage, picture-frame, and iron-front. Reference was made to the unique fusee (turned from wood) alarm mechanism that he made. Howard is a professor of occupational health and safety at the
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From the East or West: Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 10, then stay to the right after exiting the toll plaza and to Southbridge St. (Route 12) going south. The Elks Club is about 0.6 mile on the right.
From the North: follow Route 290 to Exit 6, then to Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to the 4th set of lights (Route 12 intersection). Turn right (north) on to Route 12. The Elk Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Note: the exit for Route 20 West off of Route 290 is the very first exit after the Mass Turnpike. The exit comes up quickly, so be aware of this situation.
From the South: follow Route 395 (becomes Route 290 in Auburn) and take Exit 6 for Route 20 West. Proceed to the 4th set of lights (the junction of Routes 12 and 20) and turn right on to Route 12 North. The Elks Club is about 0.3 mile on the left.
Summer has slipped by too quickly - can't believe that this notice is for our fall meeting. Our annual picnic was highlighted by an active mart and Jeff Wood's fine presentation on Phelps and Bartholomew, a major supplier of movements found in Kroeber clocks.
The upcoming meeting is at a completely new venue for us - the Auburn Elks Club. We believe the location is convenient and the facilities more than adequate. Our Worcester meeting place, the old Holiday Inn, has shut down. As you can see from the registration form, a big benefit of this location is the reduced Mart table price. Although the meeting registration fee remains the same, we hope that the reduced Mart fee attracts more table holders.
The previously-discussed combined chapter meeting has taken a major step forward. Your chapter has suggested that this combined meeting use the picnic as the meeting format. This allows us to proceed without major up-front money commitments and gives us more planning flexibility. We hope that, with every chapter's participation, this will be a successful venture.
On a separate matter, the council encourages chapter groups to perform service projects such as restoring or repairing church, town hall or library clocks. This not only allows us to get some favorable press in the Bulletin's chapter notes but also can give us local press coverage. Let us know what you are doing.
Hope to see you at this meeting.
-- Larry Chelmow
NOTE: THE CUTOFF DATE is Saturday, October 27th
Registrations by Oct. 27, 2007 are $20.
Registrations received after Oct. 27, 2007, and "walk-ins" are $25.
As always, registration includes your luncheon and is required for participation in any of the meeting activities.
|7:30 AM||Registration name tags available for those members who preregistered.
Registration table open for "walk-ins". Mart area open for set-up by table holders only.
|8:00 AM||Mart open (general entry); with closing at 11:45 A.M. for 12:00 Noon Luncheon.
(a watchman for Mart will be provided)
|8:30 AM||Silent Auction Table will run from 8:30 to 10:15A.M.|
|9:00 AM||"The Congreve Rolling Ball Clock" - Roland Goucher will present information on the history and construction of the Congreve rolling ball clock. He will have his example with him for the talk. Roland Goucher is a self taught machinist and model maker with a long time interest in early engines and other mechanical devices. Along with the Congreve timepiece, he has constructed many model steam engines.|
|10:30 AM||"Restoring Your Metal Clock Cases - Bringing Back the Beauty" - Scott Ciardi will cover the following topics: the benefits of restoring brass clock cases, describing the process and the different steps of restoring old and antique clock cases from the initial cleaning to the final lacquer finish, and discussing the range of finishes that can be done from highly-polished brass and nickel plate to more subdued finishes such as butler finish and oxidation. Scott Ciardi is a third generation member of a family-owned metal restoration business started in 1925 by Earnest Ciardi in Boston's old Scolley Square. The firm specializes in the restoration of brass, copper, silver, and most other metals.|
"The J. C. Brown Clock Companies" - Howard Cohen will speak about the history of the J. C. Brown clock companies and will share photos showing the wide range of interesting cases and clocks that were produced over the decades that these companies operated. Howard is a professor of occupational health and safety at the University of New Haven. He began collecting clocks in the late 1970's when he became interested from one of his graduate school professors. Howard has eclectic horological interests collecting Seth Thomas and E. Howard regulators, early banjo and New Hampshire mirror clocks, pre-civil war shelf clocks and Black Forest cuckoo and trumpeter clocks.
The Silent Auction table (8: 30 to 10:15) - enables you to sell a few items without the need for a table:
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.
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 (multiple items for one bid count as one item).
At at the auction table you can buy a ticket for the 50-50 raffle.
SUITCASE CLOCK REPAIR COURSES
Victor Kozakevich, director of Chapter 8, manages the NAWCC Suitcase Program. If you are interested, contact him at a meeting or at 617-491-4608 (email: ).
If you any of you have a question or wish to contact someone in the chapter, get in touch with any of these people and they will get your message to the right person if they cannot help you.
2009 President Larry Chelmow
399 Chapman St., Canton, MA 02021
2009 1st Vice Pres. Peter Nunes
4 Hopkins Lane, Peace Dale, RI 02879
2007 2nd Vice Pres. Harold Lincoln
5 Ringbolt Road, Hingham, MA 02043
2007 Treasurer Wayne Paskerian
5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890
2009 Secretary Lester Tyrala
28 Curtis St. Quincy, MA 02169
2007 Past President Burton Kassap
112 Bullough Park, Newtonville, MA 02460
2005 Director Dave Deutermann
81 Kingman St, Lakeville, MA 02347
2007 Director Joe Brown
7 Pheasant Ave. Sudbury, MA 01776
2009 Director Martin Cohen
21 Dunbarton Rd, Belmont, MA 02478
2009 Director Steve Chatlas
Orchard Rd, Box 216, Kensington, CT 06037
2009 Director Victor Kozakevich
44 Sherman St., Cambridge, MA 02138
2009 Director Joe Seremeth
23 George Allen Rd, W. Brookfield, MA 01585
508 867 7147
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