Upcoming Engine Turning Classes

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I’m so excited to announce engine turning classes here at the Memoria Technica workshop! It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally set up to start holding regular classes. If you’re interested, please sign up on the Classes page found on the top menu bar. There you will find full course descriptions, dates, and costs. We are presently accepting applications for our January/February classes.

Click here and here to see what we got up to in our previous sessions. Students will have the opportunity to learn on both the rose and straight line engines. These two beautiful antique machines are from the Bulova watchmaking factory.

Here’s a quick description of the three upcoming classes:

January 23/24 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

January 30/31 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

February 6/7 – A 2-day, more intermediate Engine Turning #2, includes lessons on blank preparation, integrating divergent patters, and laying out work that requires multiple centers.

If you have any questions on the classes, be sure to get in touch!

UPDATE: due to a number of recent inquiries – we added another Beginners Class on the weekend of January 23/24.

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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In the shop – Day No. 2

I have spent two days in the shop. What an amazing place. Everywhere I look, some treasure is hiding. Here are some photos of today’s finds.

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Patek Philippe Quartz Clock

Patek Philippe Naviquartz clock in original box with paperwork

This gem was hiding under a bunch of bubble wrap in a bag in a box under more wrapping material and other boxes under a bench. This is why one should always check EVERYTHING!

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French Lighthouse clocks!! I am smitten with these.

These gorgeous (albeit, fragments) Lighthouse clocks were on a tray on the floor of a small cupboard. They are missing almost everything, but I am hopeful I will find the tops to their lanterns and bases somewhere in the haystack.

Banjolele!

Banjolele! A project for when this is all over.

A gum tape machine dispenser - still works too.

A gum tape machine dispenser – still works too.

But look closely at the next find…………..

Do you see it?

Do you see it?

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Ok – here is a closer look

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Now do you see it?

Yes, this original document contains the signatures of many prominent horologists, and among them is Louis Breguet.

Here are some photos of the front room, which Dennis did most of his work in.

The machining side

The machining side

Watchmaking benches - original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Watchmaking benches – original metal handles, hardwood, and built in staking sets.

Let's not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Let’s not forget the antique rounding up tool.

Today I accomplished my main goal of clearing out and organizing one of the smaller rooms and its contents.

The room emptied of the contents - except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

The room emptied of the contents – except the small french clock hiding in the corner.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Sarthchild, etc.

Parts and materials from Bestfit, Longines, Swarthchild, etc.

These were all moved from the little room pictured above. Each drawer or every other is separate and has to be moved individually and restacked. They fit together with a pin system, but sometimes the pins don’t match from unit to unit. This can be troublesome when the stack gets too high!

Anyhow, I’m off to bed. It’s been a long day and there are many more to come. I can’t wait.