New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Saturday, May 20, 2006, 8:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.

Willard House & Clock Museum, 11 Willard St., North Grafton, MA 01536, 508-839-3500
See web site for directions.

We invite you to attend this year's one-day workshop at the Willard House & Clock Museum. The This bargain-priced registration fee of $45.00 covers three excellent presentations, morning refreshments, a delicious box lunch, and access to the museum's fabulous collection of Willard Clocks. Space is limited, so please sign up promptly.

THIS YEAR'S WORKSHOP: We are pleased to have three presenters who are noted for their knowledge, experience, and their ability to give informative and interesting talks. Even if you do not perform clock and case repair or restoration, you will still benefit as a clock collector by gaining a better understanding of the dial, what is behind the dial and your clock case.


8:00 a.m. Registration and morning refreshments.

9:00 a.m. Intros: Burt Kassap, Pres.t Ch. 8, and John Stephens, Dir. of the Willard Museum.

9:15 a.m. Rebushing Clock Plates and the Use of the Depthing Tool - John Losch, FNAWCC. John will discuss use of the depthing tool as it can be applied to bushing and escapement problems. Specifics will include choosing and testing a depthing tool, substitutes for a depthing tool, ways to find and restore original bearing locations when there is excessive wear in a clock, brief discussion of proper depths of train wheels including when to break the rules, testing and matching recoil and dead-beat escapements, sneaky tricks and practical considerations, and, as time allows, points regarding laying out gear trains.

10:30 a.m. Coffee break and snacks

11:00 a.m. The Evolution of Brass Clock Dials From the 1500!s - Don Irving. Don will discuss how the clock dials were made, components of the dials (backplate, chapter rings, spandrels, engraving, calendar rings, penny moons, moon dials, etc.) and provide examples. Also, dating of a clock historically by observing the social influence that are reflected in the dials. If time permits, Don will discuss restoring dials and making your own.

12:15 p.m. Catered box lunch

1:00 p.m. A Tall Clock Case Traditional Restoration - Les Tyrala. Les will discuss the materials, hide glue, salvaged period materials, glazing putty, dyes, pigments, shellacs and waxes, as well as the methods, such as, cutting and shaping, making cauls, clamping, and the use of stick and liquid shellacs, that should be used for a wooden clock case restoration. These materials and methods are consistent with those used in the original case construction and subsequent (older) repairs. He will discuss restoration versus conservation and some of the considerations for deciding the direction to take.

2:15 p.m. Tour of the Willard House Museum. The Willard House Workshops not only affords you an opportunity to hear from three knowledgeable presenters, but also takes place in a scenic rural area to view a priceless collection of Willard clocks in the authentic setting of the home and workshop of the Willard family.


John Losch -John has been repairing clocks for over 50 years. He worked and trained at the Howard Clock (Products) Co., Waltham, MA, and studied with the late HJ. Olsen of Watertown, who learned clockmaking in Roxbury and Boston from the men taught by the Willards. He was associated for 35 years with the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments at Harvard University as a restorer of clocks and early scientific apparatus. He has run his own clock and instrumentation business from 1954 to 1997, with a short interlude as an instructor at the NAWCC School of Horology. He now maintains a full working shop and performs specialized repairs and restoration upon request.

Don Irving - Don has been collecting old dials and movements from the 1700's. He has researched where, when and how they were made, and has restored them. He has studied the prevalent case styles and wood associated with the period and area, and then built the appropriate case for the movement using tools and techniques from the 1700's. He has studied tall case and fusee movements at the NAWCC School in Pennsylvania. He has also studied inlay and marquetry at the North Bennett St. School in Boston, studied 17th century woodworking under Alien Breed, and has attended numerous workshops pertaining to the 17th century at the Williarnsburg Museum in Virginia. He has been building clock cases for about 20 years.

Les Tyrala - While working as an economic geologist in London from 1975 to 1979, Les began his interest in clocks by taking a semester-long class in clock movement repairs from an E. Dent & Co clock repairman, and several classes and workshops in furniture restoration from the Greater London Educational Authority and other organizations. His wooden casework restoration has focused on being consistent with die age and condition of the pieces. Since his London time, in addition to restoring his own clocks, Les has been providing clock case and movement restorations to individuals and antique shops.

Registration for May 20, 2006, Willard House Workshop

Registrations @ $45.00 each                        Total enclosed $______



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Mail by May 13 with check payable to "New England Chapter #8" to Burt Kassap, 112 Bullough Park, Newtonville, MA 02460

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