For the Love of American Clocks

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. Nearer to the end of the post are pictures of David’s gorgeous MADE lathe. I couldn’t resist. I’d rather buy that machine than a house (clearly my priorities are in order). They are in the process of completing one at David’s workshop. I hope to post photos of it once it’s finished. There is also a small escapement model David built – quite sweet. We are looking at making some decorated versions and developing a kit for this, so one could build and finish it on their own. Lastly are some little movements for dwarf tall clocks that David’s daughter made.

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Old & New

Today is the two year anniversary of when I started the Harmon Estate. What a very strange and wonderful time in my life. As I’m out East once again this holiday season, I took the opportunity to drive by the workshop. Even though it looks virtually unchanged from the outside, the hollowness seems to resonate from within. In moments such as this, I am thankful that everything passes with time.

Here are a couple of photos I found of the shop.

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I was recently offered the post of finishing the work I began on the 1765 George Pyke clock at Temple Newsam House I mentioned in a previous blog entry. You can read about it here.

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Unfortunately this old path is not the future path. It was extremely difficult to set aside my feelings of attachment to this project and the desire to finish what I started. As previously mentioned, three years of prep work, grant applications, research, and multiple visits to assess the condition went into putting the proposal together that I presented to West Dean. I owe so much to Ian Fraser, the head Conservator at Temple Newsam, for all of his hard work and support on this project.

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The reason my path has changed course is the following: I have been offered the opportunity of handling the estate of the late horologist Dennis E. Harmon…

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Visiting David Lindow

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.wheels lathe2 latheceiling depthing crossslide colletschucks drillpress drills calculator bridgeport1 bridgeport bandsaw balloon2 wheel wheelspoke arborpress2 arborpresswheel christmaslights1 dials dials2 clockplates cave david hands2 arborpress hotairballoon hm heattreat hands engineparts rosettes shelf stakes parts3 parts partsbox material pantograph nuts reamer steve2 steve vice4 wheel2 wrenches vice tablevice table stocksupport stand lion lights2 lathe