The Old Oakville Pin Shop – Day No.3, Developments

The family has recently rented a space in the original brick Oakville Pin Factory. 

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As it turns out, not only does this estate consist of Dennis’s workshop contents, but also two trailers located in the back where they sat a mystery untouched for over thirty years. Now relocated to the Pin Shop, here are some photos of the contents…

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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.

Blog Feature on Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik

I am very flattered by the wonderful feature about my blog on Falk Keuten’s website.

His blog and experiences are certainly worth a read! Steeped in information about automata, related subjects, and resources for the interested individual, take a little venture to his fascinating world. Google translate can always help out if your German is a bit rusty.

Delays – Delays! and a New Workshop!

Well it has been quite some time since my last post. I’ve had a few in the works and Ségolène has been working on a few herself! Luckily, I have a good excuse for my absence. I am setting up a new workshop in Seattle. I will update with pictures and such, but for now I’ll say I’m in the Georgetown neighborhood – full of original red brick buildings, local artisans, breweries, and marvels of all kinds. Stay tuned for updates and some new posts!

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