New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Saturday, May 19, 2007, 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 bargain-priced registration fee of $45.00 ($60 for non-members) 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 what makes up a clock.


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

9:00 a.m. Intros: Larry Chelmow, Pres. Ch. 8, and John Stephens, Dir. of the Willard Museum.

9:15 a.m. LATHE TECHNIQUES AND POINTERS - John Losch, FNAWCC. John will demonstrate a range of techniques and pointers (tool sharpening, lathe adjustments and usage, etc.) regarding the use of a watchmaker's lathe and a micro-lathe for clock repairs. He will be assisted with the use of Chapter 8's new video camera and monitor. As time allows, John will demonstrate inverting a worn main wheel and review some pivot polishing techniques. Attendees are invited to bring problems and questions related to these subjects.

10:30 a.m. Coffee break and snacks

11:00 a.m. CLOCK CASE CONSTRUCTION TECHNIQUES - Don Irving. Don will present an overview of some of the tools, materials, and techniques used in clock case construction. Topics will include wood preparation, basic case design considerations, mouldings, beading, stringing, banding, inlays, hammer veneering, fluted corners, ogee feet, hardware, and finishing. The objective is to demonstrate how easily some of these procedures can be done to stimulate enough interest and confidence so people will try them on their own. The content should be of interest to both the novice and seasoned clock enthusiast. The focus will be primarily on tall case clocks but most of the procedures are applicable to other styles.

12:15 p.m. Catered box lunch

1:00 p.m. EARLY CLOCKMAKING IN SOUTHEASTERN MASS - Gary Sullivan. Gary will present the results of his last two year's research on early clocks and clock making in southeastern Massachusetts in preparation for a book (Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710-1850) that he is co-authoring for the Winterthur Museum. Approximately fifty clocks from this region will be illustrated and discussed in the book. The Bailey family of Hanover was at the center of clock making in southeastern Massachusetts. Also, clock making in New Bedford, Taunton and on Cape Cod will be discussed. Regional variations in the style of tall clock cases and movements will be covered. Gary will bring along several examples of southeastern Massachusetts clocks, including dwarf, tall case and banjo clocks.

2:15 p.m. Tour of the Willard House Museum. If you have never been to a Willard House Workshop, and you are interested in the listed topics, this is an excellent opportunity to hear three talented and skilled presenters in the authentic setting of the Willard home and workshop. The Willard House is located in a scenic rural area where a priceless collection of Willard clocks can be viewed.


John Losch has been repairing clocks for more than sixty years. He worked and trained at the Howard Clock Products Co, Waltham, MA and studied with the late H. J. Olsen of Watertown, who learned clock making in Roxbury and Boston from 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 ran his own clock and instrument restoration business from 1954 to 1997, followed by a short interlude as an instructor at the NAWCC School of Horology. He is now retired, but maintains his workshop out of habit. He is a trustee of Willard House and Clock Museum.

Gary Sullivan is a nationally recognized authority on early American clocks with more than 30 years experience in the antiques business. He has shared his expertise in ongoing guest television appearances on PBS shows, The Antiques Roadshow, Find! and, most recently, The New Yankee Workshop. Also, Gary has lectured on early American clocks and has contributed to books and research on this subject. Working as an independent scholar, Gary has been gathering information on New England clockmakers, particularly those working in Southeastern Massachusetts, for more than twenty years.

Don Irving has studied prevalent clock case styles associated with different periods and regions, then built appropriate cases using traditional tools and techniques. He has studied tall clock cases in the NAWCC collection, studied and practiced inlay and marquetry at the North Bennett Street School in Boston, and attended numerous workshops at the Williamsburg Museum in Virginia. Don has been building clock cases for about 20 years. Don received First Place at last year's NAWCC crafts contest in Cleveland, OH for a clock case he designed and built.

Registration for May 19, 2007, Willard House Workshop

Registrations @ $45.00 each ($60 non-members)                       Total enclosed $______



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Mail by May 14 with check payable to "New England Chapter #8" to Wayne Paskerian, 5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890

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