Ringing in the New Year

 

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It’s hard to believe we’ve entered a new decade. I was quite chuffed when I noticed folks were referencing the roaring twenties. I hope that bodes well for what’s in store!

To ring in the New Year, I wanted to share a little piece of Seattle history from an era past.


 


Rummaging through the $1 record bins at my local thrift store I discovered an artifact from the 1962 World’s Fair, a recording of songs played on the Space Needle carillon. Audible up to 30 miles away, the carillon would ring out popular tunes of the period.

I have often wondered what happened to that carillon. In my search for information, a friend pointed out that the University of Washington now has a carillon (!!!). Installed in 2018 as a gift from Gordon Peek, this 47 bell carillon sits atop Kane Hall where folks can gather around and listen from afar. I haven’t yet been to see it, but now knowing it’s there, I plan to venture out for its next concert by the player in residence. Information on the carillon and a performance schedule is available here.


If you’re so inclined to learn more about carillons you can learn to be a carillon player through the North American Carillon School. This might be a fantastic career choice (no better time than a new decade to make a change!), as there are carillon playing residencies throughout the world. Check out Tower Bells for everything you ever wanted to know about carillons.


I’ve been working on some fun things in the shop that I would love to share with you, but unfortunately I am not always able to do so. Maybe someday I’ll be crazy enough to start my own museum so you can see how wonderful this world of horology really is, down to the smallest detail.

I hope to have a new schedule for classes put together soon for this spring so keep an eye out on the class page or sign up for the newsletter to be the first to find out!

And lastly, one of my favorite things from last year was this fun video I did for Atlas Obscura. If you’ve ever wondered what whales and watches have in common, enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Horology is Hot

Really… I know that sounds kind of like a buzzword… but horology is hot! People are engaged with horology, cultural heritage and preservation right now! And it’s awesome! I am so excited that friends and colleagues are getting so much attention.

My favorite object in the world (!!) is headed to London to be featured in a new exhibition on Robots!

 

The clockmakers museum also moved to a new gallery at the Science Museum in London. Now folks visiting the Science Museum will have the exposure to a collection that holds such an incredible and rich history for horology. It’s all such wonderful news and momentum for our field.

And to top it off, Atlas Obscura just published on article on yours truly….you can read it here!

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Let’s keep it going! Get involved! Be engaged! Study! Create! Explore! You know where to reach me if you need a push.

 

 

Engine Turning Event Extended

Hi All! A quick announcement :

The tickets already sold out for the first engine turning session with Atlas Obscura – so they’ve added another. It now only has three spaces left – so if you’re interested I’d sign up while there’s still a spot or two! You can still sign up here.

Hope to see you there!

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Atlas Obscura Event on Engine Turning

Hello readers! I’m excited to announce I’ll be hosting an engine turning taster at my workshop in partnership with Atlas Obscura. If you’re not familiar with their online magazine – it’s very entertaining. In an effort to educate, inspire, and share the weird and wonderful things in this strange world, they host events and regularly publish articles on esoteric subjects.

Our engine turning workshop is quite small, so register early if you’ve been curious about engine turning, but are unsure about taking a full class or just want to give it a try. You can sign up here.

And so, to get you excited about the marvels of engine and ornamental turning, here are a few photos of some recent pieces I’ve made and the incredible objects produced by various ornamental turners.

I’ve been loving the moire pattern lately – and trying out all manor of phasing variations.

 

These unbelievable kaleidoscopes by Bill Brinker are just gorgeous! Look at the incredible vibrantly COLORED enamel he has done over such fine and intricate guilloche work. If you take a minute to watch the videos – those are real gemstones inside suspended in an optical solution.

 

 

 

And here Jean-Claude Charpignon takes us through one of his elaborate Coburg Ivory inspired pieces in miniature. He is truly doing some incredible things with fixed-tool work. The video below demonstrates the movement of the top. A ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball, inside of a ball….. all cut out of one piece!