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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No.1 Round Two – Intro to Engine Turning

We got the jig borer set up for laying out dials, which produced great results. Some students even tried their hand at engraving.  A diverse group of talents – jewelers, wood turners, ornamental turners, art conservators, watchmakers, and artists coming from all over the US – Nevada, California, and South Carolina – made for a really dynamic class. We really had a wonderful time and are looking forward to this coming weekend’s advanced group! It turns out one of our students from this last class is quite the photographer. Thanks Alexandre for sharing your gorgeous shots!

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Snippets from Engine Turning No.1

We just had our first engine turning class of the year! We had a lovely time and saw some beautiful patterns. It’s always so exciting to see what a fresh perspective will bring to the craft! This group of students consisted of artists, chemists, ornamental turners, and watchmakers.

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David setting up the ring chuck

 

Showing off the 102 collet set

Showing off the 102 collet set

 

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Amie, exploring form and pattern on the rose engine

 

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An overlaid rope pattern

 

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Exploring spirographs on the rose engine

 

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Another Amie exploration

 

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Straightline machine patterns (left) and rose engine moray (right)

Straightline machine patterns (left) and rose engine moray (right)

 

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Sterling silver straightline machine drape by John

 

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Nathan and Ed making pens on the straightline machine

 

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Dial by Jeremy

Dial by Jeremy

 

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Pewter door pulls by Robert

 

More of Robert's work

More of Robert’s work

 

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Amie tries pumping on the outside diameter of a rosette for a ring on the rose engine

 

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Pumping on the inside surface of a rosette for a ring

 

If you’re interested, we have just one space remaining for this coming weekend’s class on beginning engine turning! Sign up on the class page!

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.

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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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Home at Last and Getting Ready for Classes

Hi everyone! It’s nice to be home and getting ready for our upcoming Engine Turning classes at the Memoria Technica workshop with David Lindow. We have a couple of spaces left in the beginner classes and we’d love to have you! Get in touch on the classes page if you’d like to register.

If you’ve already registered, you’ll be hearing from us soon with class info. We are really looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new enthusiasts!

While at David’s we did some class prep and I also got to make a few things with his rose engine. Below are some examples.

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These little mineral stands are some I made on my machines at home.

 

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This box was a joint effort.

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Here are some of the pens David has made.

 

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While out at his shop I got to play with the brocading machine! We started making quite a fancy set of checkers. If you like ornamental turning and rose engine work, you might find brocading machines really fascinating too.

 

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This is an example piece made from another master in David’s collection.

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David’s workshop is busy filling orders for his clocks and rose engines. We went on a little field trip to Steer Machine, whom manufactures some of the lathe parts.

 

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Hopefully if they’re finished in time, we will have one available for use during the upcoming classes!