The seventh Annual Horological Workshop was held at Willard
House on Saturday June 5. Willard House is a unique place to
host an such an event- in the same place where the Willard Family
began their clock making and began to set the standard for New
England clock making. The workshop is held in association with
the Willard House and Clock Museum. and Chapter Eight is extremely
grateful to Dr. and Mrs.Imogene Robinson for the use of Willard
House, for this annual event. Dr.Robinson was on hand to welcome
members to Willard House.
The weather was just as kind, in fact, it was "perfect".
Forty seven members attended, attracted by the location, great
weather and the program . Bob Frishman the Education Chair only
gets credit for the exceptional program!! The format was changed
this year, instead of the usual three groups, the classes were
held together in The Willards Barn, with the conservators class
inside the museum.
Workshop members were welcomed to Willard House by John Stephens,
on behalf of Dr. Robinson, Bob Frishman Chapter Vice President
and program Chair, introduced the program and workshop "presenters".
Wooden case restoration was the
first workshop of the day, presented by Wayne Paskerian, who
demonstrated procedures, products and techniques used to restore
the surfaces of wood antiques. Paskerian does not have any handed
down secret recipes or magic compounds that have been in the
family for generations but uses professional proven, traditional
repair products for wood and other hard surfaces. It was a hands
on demonstration using the "Mohawk - products and the "Mohawk
systems" -- products designed with the user in mind. The
ethics of restoration was discussed, Paskerian advises patience
versus payment , "weigh your options" but always "retain
the integrity of the piece" being restored. He provided
tips on how to assess the type and the severity of the damage
and how to repair the damage. It was a hands on workshop with
Paskerian demonstrating Sanding with various grades of sandpaper,
wet and dry, to remove "alligatoring", crazing and
cracking. "Always sand with the grain and wear gloves. How
to repair loose joints and doors, replacing missing parts, matching
veneers, the use of epoxy stick, and finish with aerosol sprays,
"always warm the can under the heat lamp".
Several members had brought various
clock cases to the workshop for an opinion from Paskerian on
"How to fix it". Here at the right, Wayne and Tom Grimshaw
from Connecticut discus Tom's clock case refinish.
Paskerian with thirty years of restoration, attends manufacturers'
workshop and schools on a regular basis to ensure that he can
continue to provide quality restoration work. The workshop suited
the beginner and the experienced, and was very well received
by the members.
Wane Paskerin, restores antiques and wood surfaces, in Winchester
Massachusetts, is a member of NAWCC, and the Treasurer of Chapter
John Losch now returned from his
work as Horological instructor at NAWCC National Headquarters,
gave an informal session on clock repair problems. John described
himself modestly as a "retired clock maker" but as
the session progressed it was apparent that experience does not
retire! He is now working on a book.
The session was to be an "ask and tell". It was
not long before the questions came, tips on the lantern repair,
rivet with light blows and taps, the use of loctite, how to lubricate
a wooden clock, -the ask and tell, soon became a forum, it was
a typical Losch session, however informal, John always provides
a new tip or trick to add to our experience, an interesting appetizer
before the picnic lunch in the Willard House Garden.
We moved into the museum for the
last workshop of the day as David Gow took us behind the dials
at The Willard House. He began by sharing his thoughts on conservation
." Proper cleaning, oiling of pivots and bushing work will
greatly preserve the integrity of a movement. This will prevent
permanent wear on the surfaces of the pinion leaves."
Good restoration is based on much research, experience and
documentation of the work done, with the ability to reverse any
new work. David came to New England from British Columbia, and
had used Willard House as a source for research .He was invited
to be Conservator of the clock collection at Willard House in
1997. He urges others, to work efficiently, do not hurry, avoid
stress and purchase only the best tools and beware of gadgets!!!
Above all respect your customer, and be honest with your customer,
charge fairly for your labor. "A full restoration demands
much time, not many clocks need a simple cleaning."
David is a British trained horologist, is a member of Chapter
Eight and lives in Massachusetts.
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WILLARD HOUSE WORKSHOP
Saturday, June 5, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Willard House & Clock Museum
11 Willard St, North Grafton, MA 01536
We invite you to attend this year's one-day workshop at the
Willard House & Clock Museum. The bargain-priced registration
fee covers three professional presentations, morning refreshments,
a delicious box lunch, and access to the museum's exciting collection
of Willard treasures. Space is limited, so please sign up promptly.
Questions? Directions? Call Bob Frishman at 978-475-5001.
8:30 a.m. - Registration and morning refreshments.
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Workshop "Wooden Case Restoration".
Wayne Paskerian applies his 30 years of restoration experience
to demonstrate procedures, products and techniques used to restore
(not refinish!) surfaces of wood antiques. He will cover the
steps needed - from initial cleaning to stain blending, spot
finishing, corner rebuilding, polishing and waxing - to preserve
and protect original finishes. Participants will be encouraged
to practice these operations during the session, and also are
invited to bring their own (small) restoration projects to the
workshop for evaluation and advice.
11: 15 - 12:00 noon - "Q&A with John Losch".
Well-known to most of us, John has now returned from his work
as horological instructor at the NAWCC national headquarters.
He offers, in this informal session, to tackle our clock repair
questions. Participants are welcome to bring their 'back of the
bench' repair jobs - the tough ones waiting for this special
inspiration and guidance.
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. - Lunch.
1:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Workshop "Behind the Dials at the
David Gow has 25 years of clock restoration experience, including
work on clocks in the Willard House. He will take us into the
museum to describe repairs he has done on this world-class collection,
focusing on four clocks that presented unique restoration challenges.
Don't miss a rare opportunity to view Willard clock movements
with this British-trained horologist.
2:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Concluding tour of the museum with John
Travel Information (see map)
From Mass.Pike, take exit 11, follow Rte.122 to Rte.140 to Grafton
From 1-495, take Rte 9 to Rte.30 - turn onto Willard Road at
Those desiring overnight lodging should contact the hotel
Marriott Westboro 800-228-9290
Sheraton Milford 800-548-5008
Worcester/Auburn Ramada 800-548-5012
Willard House and Clock Museum
(An affiliate of the National Association of Watch and Clock
This is the 7th Annual Horological Workshop. The workshop
is held in association with the Willard House and Clock Museum..
Chapter Eight is extremely grateful to Dr. and Mrs.Imogene Robinson
for the use of Willard House, for this annual event.
In the late 1960s, Dr Robinson, led fund raising efforts to
restore the old abandoned Willard homestead . Willard House opened
in June 1970 with Mrs.Robinson serving as Director. She supervised
the restoration of the building and acquired period pieces to
furnish the Homestead. Today the Museum houses a very fine collection
Willard House is a unique place to host an such an event -
in the same place where the Willard Family began their clockmaking
and began to set the standard for New England clock making.
Upcoming Museum Events
- 4th Annual Robinson Lecture - June 13,1999.
- 33rd Annual Antique Show on Grafton Common - June 19th,1999
The Museum publishes a quarterly newsletter "The Pendulum",
to get your copy, call the Museum at 508-839-3500, or better
still, ask about it at the workshop!
Willard house web site.
Willard House telephone number 508-839-3500