Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St., North Grafton, MA 01536, 508-839-3500
See web site for directions.
We invite you to attend this year's one-day workshop at the Willard House & Clock Museum. The registration fee of $45.00 ($60 for non-members) , includes three horological presentations, morning refreshments, a box lunch, and access to the museum's excellent collection of Willard Clocks. Space is limited, so please sign up promptly.
THIS YEAR'S WORKSHOP: We are pleased to have four speakers noted for their knowledge, experience, and their ability to give informative and interesting talks. Even if you do not perform repairs or restorations, you will still benefit as a clock collector by gaining a better understanding of what makes up a clock.
8:00 a.m. Registration and morning refreshments.
9:00 a.m. Intros: Larry Chelmow, Pres. Ch. 8, and John Stephens, Dir. of the Willard Museum.
MORNING SESSION. John Losch will open the program with introductory remarks including a discussion of what sort of tooling is needed to begin a clockmaking project. Also, he will serve as the Talk Show Host introducing the two clockmakers for the morning session.
9:15 a.m. CONSTRUCTING A HOROLOGICAL SCHOOL "THESIS" CLOCK - Julian Kaegi
Julian will discuss in detail the procedures he followed to conceive, design and engineer, then to construct his masterpiece, a gravity escapement clock with a compound pendulum. The clock was his thesis in order to graduate from ZeitZentrum, an advanced four-year Swiss horological school. His lecture will be illustrated with detailed photos of his clock.
10:30 a.m. Coffee break and snacks
11:00 a.m. BUILDING A PRECISION CLOCK - Ted Barton
Ted Barton will join the panel after the break. He will describe the lessons learned, some the hard way, about building a precision clock based on information in the available literature. His is an exciting and sometimes funny story of finding ways to get things done. Ted will have two clocks he has made to use as demonstrations with details expanded on screen using Chapter 8's video camera. He will then join the Q and A panel.
12:15 p.m. Catered box lunch
1:00 p.m. MAKING TRADITIONAL CLOCKS IN THE MODERN WORLD - David Lindow
This lecture will cover the materials, machinery, techniques, finishes etc. used to make period-style movements in the modern world and how they compare to those of the past. Types of steel and brass used in period clocks will be compared to the types used in manufacturing today along with the advantages and disadvantages of each. Time will be given not only to the manufacturing techniques, which include CNC machines that allow a small modern work force to satisfy a market, but also to the market in which they are sold as well as the preferences of different buyers. Movements and dials, including painted as well as engraved brass, composite and sheet dials, which are currently being produced, will be displayed.
2:15 p.m. Tour of the Willard House Museum. If you have never been to a Willard House Workshop, and you are interested in the listed topics, this is an excellent opportunity to hear three talented and skilled presenters in the authentic setting of the Willard home and workshop. The Willard House is located in a scenic rural area where a priceless collection of Willard clocks can be viewed.
John Losch has been repairing clocks for more than sixty years. He trained and worked at the Howard Clock Company. He was associated with the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for thirty five years as a restorer of the collection. John ran his own restoration business from 1954 to 1997, followed by a short interlude as an instructor at the NAWCC School of Horology. He is now retired.
Julian Kaegi is a 2006 graduate of the four-year horological training course at ZeitZentrum, Grenchen, Switzerland. His home is Bulach, Switzerland. Currently, Julian resides temporarily in the USA where he is studying with master watchmaker Moritz Elsaesser to expand his skills restoring complicated and extremely high-grade antique pocket watches. His masterpiece clock, the subject of his lecture, is equal to the finest work of masters with long experience.
Ted Barton is a retired surgeon who practiced in the Boston area for 40 years. Since 1970, he has been making clocks. He is accomplished as both a wood and metal worker after a combination of formal and self-education in both disciplines. He maintains an extensive workshop, and his two latest clocks, the subject of his lecture, are the result of an interesting and innovative adventure.
David Lindow is a well-known clockmaker who, while at college, met master clockmaker Gerhard Hartwigs. Gerhard restored clocks and manufactured 18th and early 19th century tall clock reproductions on a modest scale. David apprenticed with Gerhard for five years before moving to Salt Lake City, UT for about 1-1/2 years, where he worked in a low-volume manual machine shop. After this period, he came back under the employ of Gerhard in the winter of 1996 who died in December 1997, after which time David took over the shop completely and later moved it to its present location in Lake Ariel, PA. The shop produces tall clock, regulator, and now skeleton clock movements on a small scale.
Registration for May 24, 2008, Willard House Workshop
Registrations @ $45.00 each ($60 non-members) Total enclosed $______
City, State, Zip:___________________________________________
Mail by May 17 with check payable to "New England Chapter #8" to Wayne Paskerian, 5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890