Craft – skill in making

Hello readers! Another round of updates as things move along at Memoria Technica.

I just finished up a pretty long stretch of classes at the shop. David Lindow joined me in teaching three of these – our intermediate and advanced levels. The results are really inspiring. I love seeing all of the different combinations students come up with. Check out the little video clips at the bottom of the photos. They really show off the glittery optical effects of the guilloché. The photos were taken throughout the series of classes – from Beginner’s turning up through Advanced.



The Horological Lecture Series is going strong! On May 15th, I hosted the second lecture in the series at the Stimson Green Mansion with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, which was another sold out event. David gave his presentation: The History of the Rose Engine from Kings to Craftsmen. It was a beautiful evening and I am very thankful to David for giving such an in depth and fascinating talk. I hope you’ll join us for the next one in August, which will be delivered by Master Goldsmith and Horologist Philip Peck.


In between all of this and my bench work, I completed the second edition of the Sacred Geometry coloring book with Al Collins. I’m excited to say it is now available for purchase. This edition is a little more robust than the first with over 20 bonus pages. The front and back are finished in white foil. The back features the MADE lathe technical drawing, with the front embellished with the same pattern as the first edition, but in silver foil. The binding is a white metal spiral to match the foil and allows the book to lay flat. I’m surprised at how different it feels when compared with the first edition. I’m still working on the receipt book to incorporate the new patterns, but that will be finished soon for those of you interested in the recipes.


The shop was also featured in the local Seattle news. That was a lot of fun to put together with Malia Karlinksy of Seattle Refined.


And! last, but not least, come see me this Friday at Seattle’s chapter of Creative Mornings. If you’re not familiar with Creative Mornings, I highly recommend checking them out. They host a free monthly event with breakfast and a short talk featuring a creative theme, designed to get you up, inspired, and off to work on time. This month’s theme is Craft. I feel honored to be Seattle’s speaker.

Engine Turning Classes May 2018

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I’m excited to announce the latest schedule for engine turning classes is now up and registration is open!

Register HERE.


David Lindow will be coming out to teach intermediate and advanced classes with me this May after I start off the month with Beginner’s Turning. He will be bringing a Lindow Rose engine equipped with higher amplitude rosettes, allowing students to try a different machine and produce more dynamic patterns than what my Leinhards are currently capable of.

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David will also be giving the second lecture in the series at the Stimson-Green Mansion, entitled “The History of the Rose Engine from Kings to Craftsmen.”

Tickets now available HERE. 

About the series:

Lectures are held on a quarterly basis, the second Tuesday of the month, and are open to anyone with an interest in horology and decorative arts.

Join us for a journey through the history of science, art, and mechanical timekeeping. This series features guest speakers from many disciplines related to aspects of the horological field, including engine turning, mechanical magic, ornamental turning, celestial bodies and navigation, and the art of the goldsmith.

To submit topics you would like to explore or if you are interested in sponsoring the series, please contact us at: info@mechanicalcurios.com”


It’s not too late to become a sponsor of the series. All proceeds go to venue fees, speaker fees, as well as food & beverages. The series would not be possible without our sponsors! We are very grateful for the support. Check out our sponsorship packages HERE.


 

Time in the Limelight

What a busy time it has been here at the Memoria Technica Workshop. If you are new to the blog, welcome! If you are a long time reader, thank you so much for following along. I’m very grateful for your support!

I have been remiss in posting updates on the blog this year due to many new developments here at the workshop.

Horology has found its way into the limelight! With the release of the podcast S-Town, there has been an uptick in interest, which has given horologists the opportunity to talk about what we do. Here at Memoria Technica, we have taken this duty seriously which is why you may have noticed a few new pages in the menu bar at the top of the blog. We have been busy putting together a lecture series, the workshop zine, and an enamel pin series to promote public engagement with the field.  Read on to hear about these and a few other developments.

A Few Announcements


If you’ve been wondering why I’ve been absent from the blog, it’s because I am writing a book for Penguin Publishers! Earlier this year Penguin approached me about writing a memoir of sorts, and I can’t express how humbled I am to have this opportunity. Oddly, I have always wanted to write a book, but I had no idea the moment would come so soon.

Writing such an account has been a bit difficult for me; sometimes the words come easily and other times I feel quite challenged by the prospect of producing such a volume. More than anything it’s been about finding a rhythm in the words, but all in all it’s been an extremely rewarding process and I can’t wait to share this project with you.

A short synopsis from Penguin:

“This book is the story of how Brittany formed an unusual bond with Dennis, a man she had never met but whose ghost she sensed in every half-finished horological puzzle he left behind. It’s a story about the mesmerising objects she has painstakingly restored over the course of her career: from rare timepieces to singing clockwork birds. But above all it’s a story about time: how it passes and how a horologist, more so than anyone, cannot escape it.”

Additionally, I’m excited to feature the work of some of my dear friends and colleagues. Supporting the horological community is essential for the future of our field. With each passing year, we lose more of our history and identity and become further removed from our memories. Recording the stories and preserving the legacies of those who were pioneers in our field is one of the greatest tasks we face.

Stay tuned for a publication date announcement!


A tiny Great Big Story!

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Back in March, I had the privilege to be featured on CNN’s Great Big Story. It’s exciting to share my work with new audiences, on a platform that exposes many new viewers to my little corner of the world.

I have received so much love and support, and for that I am extremely humbled. It’s amazing to me that our local Girl Scouts crafted a horology badge because the troop was inspired by what I do. How wonderful that young women see themselves growing up to preserve the heritage and gifts bestowed on us by our ancestors. It is so moving that people are getting in touch to give me their compliments and inquire about how to study. THANK YOU!

All of this momentum has led to a number of recent articles and interviews.

Check out the latest on:

Worn & Wound

Seattle’s The Stranger

Seattle’s Art Zone

 


Horological Lecture Series with Seattle’s Stimson Green Mansion

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This has been in development for some time now. We recently finalized the agenda with the staff at Stimson Green and are now putting together the first set of dates for the lecture series. These will be quarterly, with the intention of expansion including special events and small symposiums. We are currently looking for sponsors, so please do get in touch if you’d like to be involved!

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Announcing the Memoria Technica Enamel Pin Series

The enamel pin trend sucked me in… I can’t get enough of these artist made pins! Encouraged by my friend Alena Diaz, a local watchmaking student and pin maker, I took the plunge and designed a series of limited run pins. I wanted to commemorate some of my favorite objects and make them available to a more diverse crowd (my coloring book was made with similar sentiments). I plan to release a few more as time and finances allow – featuring the work of clockmaker and magician Robert Houdin and Balsamo the chattering magical skull made by Polish watchmaker and magician Joseffy. For now, I’ve started with the MADE lathe, the Silver Swan Automaton, the singing bird pistols by Fréres Rochat, and my workshop logo. For the first time ever, you have the perfect gift for the fashionable horology nerd in your life. Now available here!


 

Engine Turning Classes

Lastly, our Engine Turning classes have already filled up this year. But, not to worry, if you missed this set, I am working to schedule some for early 2018. I am looking forward to meeting my new students and can’t wait to set up a regular class schedule to suit the increase in demand. Guilloché is experiencing a revival of sorts!

Advanced Engine Turning

Hi All! So we finally finished up the last of our engine turning classes this month. It was great fun seeing how the student work developed over the sessions, as many students enrolled in more than one. With more complex projects, students singled in on a specific idea. A lot of time was spent making sure surfaces were dialed in flat and true. Students worked in silver, copper, and other materials. Here are the results!

 

David and I want to say thank you to all of our students and the support! We’re already planning our next series of classes and look forward to meeting our future attendees!

Until next time!

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Intermediate Engine Turning I – Group 2

This was a great class with students bringing many ideas and projects. Casey Burns, a local flute maker, decided to add engine turning to his instruments. You can see the pieces he turned in the photos below – check out his website for the finished flutes! Two watchmakers also enrolled in this session trying out some exciting concepts for dials and pendants – incorporating off center work and some challenging patterns. A long time ornamental turner and enthusiast also signed up looking for new inspiration in old traditions. The results from the class are stunning.