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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Upcoming Engine Turning Classes

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I’m so excited to announce engine turning classes here at the Memoria Technica workshop! It’s been a long time in the making, but I’m finally set up to start holding regular classes. If you’re interested, please sign up on the Classes page found on the top menu bar. There you will find full course descriptions, dates, and costs. We are presently accepting applications for our January/February classes.

Click here and here to see what we got up to in our previous sessions. Students will have the opportunity to learn on both the rose and straight line engines. These two beautiful antique machines are from the Bulova watchmaking factory.

Here’s a quick description of the three upcoming classes:

January 23/24 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

January 30/31 – A 2-day Intro to Engine Turning class, geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloché work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

February 6/7 – A 2-day, more intermediate Engine Turning #2, includes lessons on blank preparation, integrating divergent patters, and laying out work that requires multiple centers.

If you have any questions on the classes, be sure to get in touch!

UPDATE: due to a number of recent inquiries – we added another Beginners Class on the weekend of January 23/24.

Estate Auction

Hi all – if you missed out on the Harmon Estate sale – you can still get in on the action! Cabin Fever took over the estate when I returned to Seattle last year. They have been slowly selling the inventory over the months following the sale in June of 2014. BUT! They have saved some of the best stuff for their annual Expo and the upcoming sale on March 22. Check out the inventory here.

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The Harmon Workshop

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!

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.