Books, talks, baubles, & more

Hello all! Happy Holidays to you!


IMG_1107


Some exciting news – the Horological Lecture Series is now official! Come visit us at the Stimson Green Mansion on February 13th of next year. The schedule has been posted here and tickets are now available.

I’ll be introducing the series by covering some of our lecture topics and will discuss some of the most fascinating and esoteric areas of this incredible craft.

I hope to see you all there!



Horological Books & Baubles

In other news, Ted Crom’s wonderful books are now available through the shop! I highly recommend taking a look. These books are an incredible resource on all things horological with beautiful engravings of tool catalogues, equipment, machines and more with their history and uses explained. Available now here.

I’ve also been busy making guilloché spinning tops, bookmarks, pens, pencils, pendants, and more! Also available now in the shop or coming soon.



We’ve wrapped up our engine turning classes for the year here at Memoria Technica, but I’ve already confirmed some dates for next year’s schedule!

Classes will be held in February and May of 2018, with beginner’s classes in February, and intermediate and advanced in May. I will be posting registration up here shortly.

I’m also holding a small introductory turning class with Seattle’s Field Trip Society in January of 2018. Come make a guilloché spinning top with us.

For those of you who want to see what we got up to in our beginner’s classes take a look below!

Annual AIC & CAC Conference in Montreal

Hello everyone! It’s another busy week here at the Memoria Technica workshop.  I have some exciting news about the upcoming joint 44th Annual Meeting and 42nd Annual Conference in Montreal for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Canadian Association for Conservation (Association Canadienne pour la Conservation et la Restauration) (CAC-ACCR). David Lindow and I have been selected to give a joint lecture on Guilloché work in Conservation. Read more about it here. There will be a lot of exciting talks covering a variety of subject areas! I hope to see some of you there. The conference takes place in Montreal May 13-17 2016 – more info here.

Screen shot 2015-11-16 at 11.08.57 AM

What we will be talking about: “Guilloché , also referred to as engine turning, is work produced on a rose engine or straight-line engine. The rose engine was developed in the 16th century, but found wide scale popularity in the early 19th century when Breguet applied the craft to augment his watch dials, cases, and movements. Many believe it reached its apex with Fabergé. Developing a conservation methodology for Guilloché work appears to be a relatively new subject and understanding the processes by which an object was made or decorated may be the first stage in development. Little information is widely available on the enigmatic rose engine and even less is available on the process by which its patterns are created. We will briefly explore the history of these machines and their various uses through examining the steps required for accomplishing distinct patterns and looking at some of the diverse objects that employ them. The reflective quality of Guilloché work along with the effects of oxidation on this property will be examined. Through this we will identify various pitfalls in the practice of cleaning and repair. The rose engine was employed not only in horology to decorate metal objects of art, but also in other media such as pottery by Josiah Wedgwood and modern plastic injection molding patterns. As these machines were used from the early 16th century through the present, many conservators are likely to encounter objects that were either made or decorated by them. This session will seek to aid in the development of a conservation methodology for treating and working with engine made or decorated objects. ”

In other news – registration for the upcoming classes on Engine Turning at the workshop has been so popular, we’ve added another set of beginners classes. Please get in touch here to register if you’d like to join!