New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC


Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge Massachusetts

Meeting Highlights by Richard Trepp

Chapter 8 held its early summer meeting at the Host Hotel in Sturbridge Ma. About 250 members and guests attended to participate in three programs and enjoy a mart of 70 tables.

John Lelievre, a Chapter 8 Director, presented a workshop, based on his personal experiences, on Buying A Small Precision Lathe. John, a graduate of the Waltham School of Watchmaking, has had over 50 years of experience with horology and a great interest in tools. He pointed out that lathe experience was a small part of his training and most of what followed was his observations of learning by trial and error.

Both watchmakers and clockmakers lathes were covered. In the 1940's a watchmaker could find a lathe for $5.00. John eventually progressed to a Unimat 3 and then a Shoreline for small machinist type work.

John spoke about gravers, and the advantages of carbides. Collets, in particular the 8mm. and the WW (Webster-Whitcomb), which are used about 80 % of the time, were discussed and starting sizes recommended. Accessories of all types were shown from a table laden with parts.

For the do-it-yourselfer, John talked about used lathes, what to look for, and some indications that he found them easy to recondition. But-if on sale under $80.00 double check condition before you buy!

A three-page handout was given to everyone, which contains all types of information on lathes with respect to books, material sources and reputable dealers. There were many questions from the audience concerning various aspects of this presentation.

Joe Brown, FNAWCC, CC, another Chapter 8 director, then gave a fine lecture for the watch collectors who do repairs. Joe is also a trustee of the Willard House and Clock Museum, member of several chapters, and a specialist in restoration of clocks and watches. Removal and Replacement of American Pocket Watch Balance Staffs was his topic. Aided by the use of an overhead projector and a handout for the audience that matched the projections, Joe presented a step-by-step procedure to take apart this tiny assembly and replace or repair any defective parts.

As usual, Joe lectures in a completely organized, logical, and interesting manner. The printed handout had superb drawings and plenty of tips to help the repairer.

Our luncheon speaker was Chris Bailey (right), Staff Horologist for the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Ct., FNAWCC, researcher, author, and frequent guest of Chapter 8. An Old Yankee and His Clocks was the subject of a fascinating talk about Amos G. Avery. Slide picture of Mr. Avery is at left.

A Professor of Botany at Amherst College, Avery was the 4th NAWCC President from 1953-1955. He was born in 1902 and died in 1998 and active almost to the end of his 96 years. Avery was probably what you would call a real "Yankee character". He had numerous interest and abilities, among which was his penchant for early pre-1850 shelf clocks. Chris told about his personal experiences in meeting this man when Chris was just starting out. Avery bought and sold to those he approved of, and Chris finally was able to buy Avery's best pillar and scroll.

The slides that Chris showed, all taken in Avery's home in Amherst, were just amazing. The clocks pictured looked like you were going through the pages of the Brooks Palmer books- rare unique, and beautiful clocks. Avery had examples of American clocks from Ct., Ma, Pa, NY, in particular. You saw a Burnap, Willards, and other famous names. There were ripple fronts, pillar and scrolls, wagon springs, tall case, and other clocks. Many were manufactured in numerous towns throughout the Connecticut Valley.

Chris gave all of us the chance to share in this unusual personal portrait of Amos Avery.

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Sturbridge Host Hotel, Sturbridge Massachusetts

The hotel is located opposite Old Sturbridge Village on Route 20

From Massachusetts, take the Mass Pike (1-90) west to exit 9 to Rte 20 west through the lights to the Host Hotel on the right.
From Connecticut and New York, take 1-84 east to Rte 20 west in Sturbridge, through the lights to the Host Hotel on the right.
From Rhode Island, take Rte 146 north to Rte 20 west in Sturbridge, through the lights to the Host Hotel on the right.

Those desiring overnight lodging should contact the hotel directly at 1-800-582-3232 or 508-347-7393.

Registrations before June 8, 2001 are $19.
Registrations received after June 8, 2001 and "walk-ins" will be $25.
As always, registration includes your luncheon and is required for participation in any of the meeting activities.

7:30 AM Registration name tags available for those members who preregistered.
Registration table open for "walk-ins".
8:00 AM Mart area open for setup by table holders.
8:30 AM Mart opens.
9:30 AM Workshop: HOW TO BUY A LATHE: Chapter 8 Council member John Lelievre will discuss some of the finer points to watch for when you are in the market for a small lathe for clock or watch repair work. This presentation will discuss what to expect at Marts, what to avoid, the minimum practical start-up configuration for your lathe plus sources of hard-to-find lathe accessories and parts. John's vast experience in the field of horological tooling started in 1947 when he graduated from the Waltham School of Watchmaking and has continued in this field ever since. He has been a volunteer at the Museum of Industry for the last seven years, is currently a Director on the Chapter. 8 Council, the Financial Secretary for Mass Watchmakers, a member of Chapter 87, and is a Certified Master Watchmaker and Certified Clockmaker.
10:45 AM Workshop: To Be Announced
noon Lunch
Luncheon Speaker:
Chris Bailey, Staff Horologist of the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol will present AN OLD YANKEE AND HIS CLOCKS; The collection of Amos G. Avery. Amos Avery became the fourth President of the NAWCC in 1953 and his term in office took place during one of the Association's most dynamic periods of growth. NAWCC was only ten years old at the time with ten Chapters. His Presidency saw a much-expanded Bulletin, the beginnings of the Library, and an emphasis on better services to the membership. He also initiated the first steps in the resurrection of the Willard Clock Shop as a public service project .Chris Bailey is an NAWCC Fellow, Star Fellow, and a recipient of the James W. Gibbs Literary award in 1995. He has presented many memorable programs to Chapters across the Nation.
3:00 PM Mart closes, security ends.

Special Note: The Silent Auction Table will run from 8:30 to 10:30 A.M. This will allow a more orderly closing and picking up and packing up for all people involved.

President's Message - Bob Frishman

Educational Bus Trip
We are excited to announce that our Fall educational symposium this year will be a long-weekend bus trip to some great locations. Here is the itinerary:

Friday, September 28th. - Meet at bus company in Southborough, MA. Ride by deluxe coach to the new Timexpo Museum in Waterbury, CT. for lunch and tour. Ride to Wilmington, DE for overnight at Sheraton Hotel.
Saturday, September 29th - Spend day at Winterthur Museum for special clock tours, general tours, lunch, and garden visit. Ride to Strasbourg, PA for group dinner and overnight at historic Strasbourg Inn.
Sunday, September 30th - Brunch and walks in Strasbourg. Ride to nearby Columbia for tour of new NAWCC Museum. Return to Southborough.

A complete sign-up form will be included with the August meeting notice, but we encourage you to decide right away if you would like to join us. The per-person cost is just $299.00 (based on double occupancy) Because space is limited and advance planning is required, you can pre-register now by including a $50 deposit when you send in your registration form for this June meeting. All registrations must be finalized and paid for by July 25th. Please feel free to call, write or email me with questions and to reserve your spot. -- Bob Frishman

Chapter Contacts:
If you any of you have a question or wish to contact someone in the chapter, get in touch with any of these four and they will get your message to the right person if they cannot help you.

President Bob Frishman
53 Poor St., Andover MA 01810

1st Vice Pres Dave Deutemiam
81 Kingman St., Lakeville, MA 02347

Treasurer Wayne Paskerian
5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890

Secretary Dick Trepp
573 Longmeadow St., Longmeadow, MA 01106


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