Intermediate Engine Turning I

Hey all! I hope you’ll enjoy some photos from our first session of Intermediate Engine Turning. We had another great group who brought some interesting concepts and ideas – such as using multiple centers and divergent patterns! Students used the elliptical chuck on both the straightline and rose engine, a pen chuck, the jig borer, and the Schaublin 102 to complete their various projects – from pens to watch dials!

 

Newsletter & Classes!

Let me start by saying, very best wishes for the New Year!

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The exciting news is that I have finally put together some class dates! Student numbers are very small this time around based on student feedback. We’ve set the limit at 4 to 6 people per class – so everyone gets more time on the machines and more one on one tuition. David Lindow will be  joining me in March for some advanced level classes. See class descriptions and sign up here!

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Dearly Beloved Banjos

We are gathered here today for a number of important updates. It has certainly been some time since my last post. I have been working on quite a few projects in the mean time. One being the launch of my colleague David’s new website: Lindow Machine Works. Check it out if you get a chance – his many talents and broad range of work are finally showcased. If you want to know more about his Lindow Rose Engine – there’s an easy to navigate Menu of his products (thank you again to Alexandre David for the amazing photograph of the Lindow Machine). If you are interested in his gorgeous custom clocks – there’s an incredible number of photographs showing the many movement styles he offers, dials, and finished cases in his Movement Gallery.

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David and I also presented a paper in Montreal at the American Institute of Conservation for Historic and Artistic Works 44th Conference on Guilloche work in conservation. The paper will soon be available through the post prints journal through the AIC.

Here’s an excerpt to peek your interest:

“The rose engine lathe is used in a broad scope of work that varies from decorative ivories to pottery, clocks, watches, and snuff boxes as well as glass molds, the printing of stamps, stock certificates, and plastic injection moldings. It stands as an enigma to all but a small group of artisans that use these machines. Despite the broad range of use, the techniques employed by these machines are seldom explained in books and publications. Often, the use of the rose engine in the creation of an object is not mentioned, even in instances where the machine was used to decorate the entire piece. In conservation a working knowledge of how an object was made is not only useful, but may be as crucial as knowing the materials with which it was made. With little scholarly work on the subject we endeavor here to scratch the surface and give a brief account of both the machine’s history and how it was used in the hope that it will foster further study. To this end we conducted a literature review, produced a catalogue of sixty common patterns, and prepared and treated twenty-eight metal samples. The samples consist of composition 353 brass, nickel silver, and fine silver. Using common non-conservation based treatment methods we aim to show how patterns become distorted and demonstrate the effects of oxidation on the reflective surfaces that give guilloche its characteristic flash. It is our hope that this will spur discussion about how to treat these highly reflective surfaces, as the characteristic flash of guilloche is arguably its most important tangible property.”

In addition to working on this paper with David, I have partnered with Al Collins on another project in the works. I’ll give you a sneak peek….maybe you can guess what it is?..

Coloring book!

In another effort to bestow upon me an appreciation for American horology David took me to see a fascinating private collection of clocks. This gentleman has spent years collecting and rescuing American Banjo clocks. The incredible breadth of information he has compiled must make him the leading scholar on this particular branch of American horology. And now without further ado… perhaps the most elaborate and extensive collection of American Banjo clocks…..well almost – there is another thing I must tell you about first –

I have to say I have been lucky to see some beautiful American pieces up close – such as a Howard Company regulator (photos of such to come soon) and this amazing American screw clock and patent model that will soon be sold by Jonathan Snellenburg at Bonhams auction house. I am absolutely smitten with that patent model. I mean – GOSH! – just think about cutting that worm with such precision over such a length when it was made! WHAT?! HOW?!

 

And now! More Banjo clocks than you ever thought you’d see in one place. You’re welcome. 

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And last, but not least – the most important Banjo of all….

Banjo Edison Bloom – aka little ink spot.

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American Clockmaker

David and I stayed pretty busy during the winter visit. Although, I think he’s been busy his entire life. Given that he completed his first clock at 27 years of age, just after completing a home he built from scratch. By 25, David had built parts for over 650 clocks and finished about 500 of them while working under master clockmaker Gerhard Hartwigs, who taught him the trade.

While gathering materials in the workshop, we found a stack of old photos. This one was hiding in the pile and shows David and his daughter Ashley next to the first clock he built after the passing of Mr. Hartwigs.

David and his daughter in his home with wife his Becky

Here are some of the resident clocks at the Lindow home he’s made over the years. They are some fine examples of beautiful craftsmanship.

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The case was made by John Bartron of Honesdale, PA and is made from local cherry. It’s a reproduction of the clock that resides in the Wayne County Historical Society.

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Roxbury style Mahogany tall clock: Case by Robert Materne, who has made clocks for both  Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Dial and movement by David Lindow (soon to be replaced with a painted dial, appropriate for the case).

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davidhome4Tiger Maple tall clock: Case by James Shott, dial by Kathi Seiwert, movement by DL. The case is inspired by the style of Montgomery County, PA. The maple is from PA.

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Mahogany “Thomas Voight, Phil.” tall clock. It’s a reproduction of the clock in Thomas Jefferson’s library at Monticello. Dial by Kathi Seiwert, case by William Towne. Movement by DL, of course.

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This is the first clock to bear David’s namesake, and one of only two made while he still lived in Paupack, PA. It was made when he was 28. The case was made by James Shott. David spun the dial, and it was painted by Martha Smallwood.

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Drum head wall clock: Case by Mike Zuba, dial and movement are temporary – waiting for a regulator movement by Steve Franke.

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Gravity Regulator: Case by Dave Gunderson, movement by DL, pendulum by DL and Ashley Lindow Miller. The case is made of black walnut and eucalyptus burl.

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Tiger Maple Coffin Clock: Case by John Bartron from local wood. Dial by Martha Smallwood, movement by DL.

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Case by Robert Hynes, tablets by Tom Moberg, Dial by Martha
Smallwood, and movement by David Lindow and Ashley Lindow.

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Here are some photos from the workshop, while we were working on our mechanism. I was on pinion and gear-cutting duty. David made and assembled our barrel, among other things.

Don't worry - my hair is usually pulled back.

Don’t worry – my hair is usually pulled back.

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And I’m just throwing these in here because they’re beautiful and the piano roll has some good advice, but not for the faint of heart.

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For the Love of American Clocks

Hello readers! I hope you all are enjoying a wonderful holiday season! David took Steve and I on a little study tour to see some private collections. Partly, this was an attempt to engender in me a love for American clocks. As I specialize in English and European objects, I am not as familiar with American styles and makers. There are more visits scheduled to see clocks by Pennsylvania maker David Rittenhouse and others. American horology has a fascinating history. It’s brief compared to that of Europe, but seems quite rich in ingenuity over a relatively short period of time. From the long case (or tall case) clocks of early settlers, to the Hamilton marine chronometers, Bulova mechanical detonators and the Apollo 11 mission timers, to the first quartz clock and watch and more – there is quite a fascinating story! The NAWCC library is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in delving into American horology. They’ve kept on file all records of Marine chronometers made and sold by the Hamilton Watch Co. – this is just one of the gems hidden in their archives. Nearer to the end of the post are pictures of David’s gorgeous MADE lathe. I couldn’t resist. I’d rather buy that machine than a house (clearly my priorities are in order). They are in the process of completing one at David’s workshop. I hope to post photos of it once it’s finished. There is also a small escapement model David built – quite sweet. We are looking at making some decorated versions and developing a kit for this, so one could build and finish it on their own. Lastly are some little movements for dwarf tall clocks that David’s daughter made.

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