The Journey Continues…

From the bench of Callie Shevlin:

I’ve been working a lot on the straight line since I last wrote. As a small diversionary tactic, I also decided to dismantle my rose engine, 100%. As you might imagine, I had a shop full of tiny screws and weird parts. I even labeled and wrote on the tile floor to make sure that it all went back to where it belonged. The rose was taken apart because the division plate wasn’t moving at all, so it needed a top down revision (and I now have a plan to do this every 5 years to make sure all is in good condition).

Brief Photographic History

From the bench of Brittany N. Cox:

David and I stayed pretty busy during the winter visit. Although, I think he’s been busy his entire life. Given that he completed his first clock at 27 years of age, just after completing a home he built from scratch. By 25, David had built parts for over 650 clocks and finished about 500 of them while working under master clockmaker Gerhard Hartwigs, who taught him the trade.

A Study Tour

From the bench of Brittany N. Cox:

Hello readers! I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! David took Steve and I on a little study tour to see some private collections. Partly, this was an attempt to engender in me a love for American clocks. As I specialize in English and European objects, I am not as familiar with American styles and makers. There are more visits scheduled to see clocks by Pennsylvania maker David Rittenhouse and others. American horology has a fascinating history. It’s brief compared to that of Europe, but seems quite rich in ingenuity over a relatively short period of time. From the long case (or tall case) clocks of early settlers, to the Hamilton marine chronometers, Bulova mechanical detonators and the Apollo 11 mission timers, to the first quartz clock and watch and more – there is quite a fascinating story! The NAWCC library is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in delving into American horology. They’ve kept on file all records of Marine chronometers made and sold by the Hamilton Watch Co. – this is just one of the gems hidden in their archives.

Workshop Details

From the bench of Brittany N. Cox:

Hello all! I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season! I’m spending mine at David Lindow’s shop working on some exciting projects – from developing a mechanism and testing materials for analog holograms to guilloche work and ornamental turning. Another friend Stephen Franke is here building a regulator! Here are some photos from the first week. I hope to share some photos of what we’re working on soon.