New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Winter Meeting, Saturday, February 8, 2014

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Southbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566


8:30A.M. Registration: Nametags available for pre-registered members. Walk-in registration begins. Mart opens for set up for table holders only.

9:00A.M. Mart Opens - General Entry
Mart will close at 11:45 A.M. for the 12:00 Noon Luncheon.


9:45 AM. "The Wonderful and Unique Clocks of Jonathan C. Brown." Howard Cohen's talk will include a short biographical summary of Jonathan C. Brown, and a history of the various companies that he managed. The majority of the talk will focus on the clock cases and movements that were unique to his companies. Howard has been collecting clocks since the mid-1970's with a focus on those clocks made in CT. He is an officer of the ACWM, Bristol, CT and one of its three curators. He is a professor at Yale University.

10:45 AM. "Cutting Old Glass for Clocks (without Swearing)." This workshop by Les Tyrala and Wayne Paskerian will cover the cutting of clock glass which, with the right tools and technique, can be done by the individual. Since the removal, cutting of glass for tallcase arch top dial doors, and installation is challenging; a PowerPoint will be used to show the process. Also, the cutting of circular and elliptical glass will be covered. The session will end with a chance to practice cutting on provided tools and pieces of old glass. Glass beveling requires the skills and grinding laps of the professional glass polisher. Both Les and Wayne are long-time Chapter 8 members. Les is the current secretary, and Wayne is a current council director and past treasurer. NOTE: you must have your own glasses and gloves to practice cutting.

12:00 Noon. Lunch

12:45 PM. "The Precision Clocks at Harvard." Richard Ketchen's presentation will feature the precision clocks on permanent display at Harvard's Science Center Building. Since its inception in 1948, various Harvard departments and private benefactors have added material to the original nucleus of the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments. A broad range of scientific disciplines are represented, including horology. Richard has been in the clock restoration business on a fulltime basis since 1969. His clients include the subject clock collection, the Fogg Museum of Art, the Frick collection, as well as several private collections. Richard recently set up the clocks in the Thompion exhibit NAWCC museum.

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