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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Estate Auction

Hi all – if you missed out on the Harmon Estate sale – you can still get in on the action! Cabin Fever took over the estate when I returned to Seattle last year. They have been slowly selling the inventory over the months following the sale in June of 2014. BUT! They have saved some of the best stuff for their annual Expo and the upcoming sale on March 22. Check out the inventory here.

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The Harmon Workshop

The Oakville Pin Shop Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 – Aug. 2. 2014

Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 Update! Dates announced!

This sale is in a 7,000 sq foot space and is brimming with antiques and treasures collected by the Harmon family over three generations! Here are a few snap shots of some things you’ll find there:

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The Harmon Estate Sale Part 2 will be held at The Old Pin Shop on Route 73 in Oakville, CT during the following dates and times:

Saturday, August 9         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 10         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 13   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 14      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 16       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 17         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 20   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 21      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 23       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 24         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27   12 – 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 28      12 – 6 p.m.

Saturday, August 30       10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 31         10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, September 1    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

For more updates on the sale click here.

Day No. 209 – Finally Home & Harmon Estate Update

It’s been exactly 7 months since I left on December 17th 2013 to start the Harmon Estate Project. I am finally back in Seattle!!

First on my to do is pie and coffee. Check! (thanks Katy!)

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What a long 7 months – but I’m home with a shop it would take me a life time to build. And boy am I ready to get started! Now comes the other hard part. Finding a new space, while waiting with bated breath for the truck to arrive. I owe a great deal to David & Christian Lindow, Frank, Patty, & Dougle Dorion, Reg Gomez, & Madelyne Salyer for all of their help in the last week – getting my things on the truck – and just being wonderful people (+ dog).

Here you can see a bit of the madness/genius? undertaken in loading the Hauser jig borer.


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Reg looks pretty smug and impressed in that picture.

and I have to say this was a pretty welcome sight! but I’ll be even more elated to see the truck arrive in the Emerald City.

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and I will certainly miss my correspondence pal Mordechai, who stayed true through the many late nights at my desk, at Château Harmon.

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The Harmon Estate has been left in good hands and the remainder of the inventory will soon be up for sale – details of which will posted here in the near future. So stay tuned! Also – if you don’t already know about it, the family is hosting another sale of the antiques, furniture, & rarities collected by the Harmon family over three generations starting this August. Pictures and info coming soon! Click here to see some of the inventory.

And you know, if you’ve never heard of a man named Charles Augustus Sauter, you are missing out. I recommend checking out his patents here & here. As far as I know, NASA has a lot to thank him for and he was Dennis’s best friend.