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!

Settling In – Nov. 14. 2014

I was a bit worried about unloading the trailer once it arrived from Connecticut. Dennis Harmon’s workshop had a loading dock, which enabled us to literally roll the machines using pipes and levers onto the trailer (in most cases).

You may recall this picture of loading the Hauser jig borer.

You may recall this picture of loading the Hauser jig borer.

Fitting everything else onto the trailer was a drawn out game of Tetris. Things were packed tight, between and around all the machinery, but not above chest height for safety. I didn’t want any of the machines to get damaged in case things shifted during the long drive from the East to the West.

Moving things into my new shop ended up being rather painless, even though I don’t have a loading dock. I worked with Nelson Trucking, a local rigging company with a great staff. I had the trailer delivered to their dock – some friends and I unloaded it there onto a U-Haul and then the U-Haul was unloaded at the new shop. The machines stayed behind for delivery using a truck with a lift gate. This made moving them incredibly straightforward. With a couple of 4 x 4 ‘s and a pallet jack it all went quite smoothly. The move in of the machines took less than 2 hours from dock to door.

530am arrival!

530am arrival!


Putting things in their right place

All in and feeling proud.

All in and feeling proud ….and a bit blurry

Now comes a lot of organizing/taking inventory/setting up of the other contents. I’ve been working on just that for the last month. I’m happy to say that the upstairs portion of the workshop is almost there and I’ll be able to start working in a limited capacity soon.

But there's still more to do...

But there’s still a lot more to do…

It’s Official! & Hermit Crabs have more options than they used to – Aug. 19. 2014

At long last, I am happy to say that I have just signed the lease on a new space. There’s lots to do before moving in – painting, lights, electrical, etc. but I am very much looking forward to it. Again, visits will be on an appointment only basis, but I will be set up to hold classes and toy automata workshops in the new location. More on this later.

The new space is in the Columbia City neighborhood of Seattle – another area on the rise, with breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and more going in all the time! I’m looking forward to sharing photos of the space with you as work begins! But for now – cheers!

and this is a really interesting thing I came across today:

For more information about this body of work click here.

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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