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.

 

 

The Art of Illusion

The art of illusion is a fascinating subject, and one that I have been drawn to throughout my life. The fact that the experiences provided by automata, sleight of hand, holograms, and magic lanterns all activate the same cognitive mental processes in the brain is remarkable. In between engine turning classes earlier this month, David and I were able to pay a visit to the Magician’s Magician – John Gaughan – a maker of magical wonders. John’s work is a staple in the magic realm. He started in his youth designing and making tricks for a magician, who later relocated to LA and brought John with him. Since then he has acquired and created an incredible body of work of magical artifacts, including Balsamo the famous chattering skull by Joseffy. Among his collection one will see more simple tricks – such as the vanishing ball and vase – to a mechanical marvel clockwork organ clarinet player. And if you’ve ever read my about page – I refer to a mechanical peacock that can pull an ace from a deck of cards – you’ll see said peacock, Philippe in the photos below. He was made by John.

In this video interview with John below, he takes us through some of the most wonderful illusions in history.

Between our visits to The Museum of Jurassic Technology and the respective workshops of John Gaughan, Tristan Duke, and Al Collins, we had the pleasure of checking out two extraordinary venues. If you find yourself in LA – we highly recommend patronizing The Edison, where one can watch Thomas Edison’s silent movies and have a cocktail, and Clifton’s Cafeteria. Both have an incredible story and are the work of visionary designer Andrew Meieran. From the Clifton’s Cafeteria website: “Eighty years after Clifford Clinton revolutionized dining with the mythical Clifton’s Brookdale, Clifton’s is once again poised to re-define the dining experience. Dedicated to conservation, preservation and education, the legendary establishment is now prepared for the next eighty years. We invite you to join us to explore the new world of Clifton’s – a world of adventure, imagination and magic. ” From experience I can say – it’s all true. The place is absolutely magical – from hidden dioramas to private tiny sanctuaries with forest scenes built into the walls.

 

So with that, go out and explore the magic created by visionaries of the past and present!

 

Memoria Technica Workshop Year One! – Jan. 19. 2015

Hello all! The holidays kept me quite busy along with setting up the shop. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season.

It’s strange to think back to where I was and what I was doing this time last year. I had only just started the Harmon Estate  project not a month before. After digging through horological wonders for 7 months and selling quite possibly the most amazing collection this world has ever known, I returned to Seattle to begin the process of setting up my own shop. I am happy to report that I am now very close to being open for business.

You may have noticed some changes to the blog/website. I welcome your feedback and hope things are a bit easier to navigate. The blog is now located on the upper navigation bar on the right hand side under Automata Cabinet.

On another note I wanted to share this amazing work with you. Enjoy!

Dug North’s Mekanikos vs. The Minotaur & a Potential Workshop Space!

Hello all! You may already know of the whimsies created by Dug North, and if you don’t, you’re about to discover some wonderful creations.

Dug North, toy automaton maker turned clockmaker, has decided to sell one of his marvels entitled Mekanikos vs. The Menotaur. See more photos, watch a video, and read about Dug’s process here. It is truly a work of art and clearly took an incredible amount of time, as every single piece is hand-made. It deserves a pedestal in a good home! To learn more about Dug and his work – you can find a link on the side bar under Blogs/Forums entitled “The Automata Blog” or click here.

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In other news, I have recently found a potential workshop space. Super excited to see if it pans out.

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And THIS:

I NEED THIS

I NEED one of these

 

This is a miniature lathe made by Manson that actually works. I just want to get a tiny generator and take this tiny lathe on a picnic…. Let’s go to the beach lathe!

Learn more about these miniature lathes here.

(Thanks for the photo Frank and letting me hold this tiny beauty).

Day No.140 – The last month

Those of you who filled out the question form on the Harmon Estate Sale page, your questions have been answered and posted there.

Hello all! This has been quite a journey. The sale is coming up so soon – just a month away now! I think back to when I started this project and it seemed like it could last forever. It’s amazing that it’s almost through. I do hope meet many of you at the sale. Everything in the shop has to go! The sale is over a five-day period with the contents discounted each day. Readers are welcome to use the comment section below to post inquiries about sharing transportation or accommodation.

This collection is unbelievable – seeing it is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s been some time since I have posted shop photos – so for your viewing pleasure:

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Another epic demagnetizer from Bulova

Another epic demagnetizer from Bulova

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The book selection is now organized and priced. We’ve got some rare and amazing things. Books on automata, Patek Philippe, books by Daniels, service manuals for machines and watches, parts catalogues,  literature on tool manufactories and woodworking tool catalogues, and more….

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We have a huge selection of gem quality raw sapphire – sold in varying sized bottles. The diamond lap table that is itself a standard is really something too. It comes with extra diamond wheels in a wood cabinet. We also have a large selection of lapping accessories.

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