New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Saturday, May 23, 2009, 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 registration fee of $45.00 ($60 for non-members), includes three horological presentations, morning refreshments, a box lunch, and access to the museum's excellent collection of Willard Clocks. Space is limited, so please register promptly.

THIS YEAR'S WORKSHOP: We are pleased to have speakers noted for their knowledge, experience, and their ability to give informative and interesting talks. Even if you do not perform repairs or restorations, you will still benefit as a clock and/or watch collector by gaining a better understanding of what makes up these pieces.


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

9:00 a.m. General Introductions: Peter Nunes, President of Chapter 8, and Cynthia Dias-Reid, new Director of the Willard House & Clock Museum

MORNING SESSION. John Losch will again open the program with introductory remarks, introducing speakers and serving as the "Talk Show Host" for the workshop.

9:15 a.m. Marine chronometers and other Navigation Instruments - Don Irving

There have been very few mechanical devices that have had such far reaching impact on mankind as the marine chronometer. This presentation will explore the development of the chronometer and its relationship with other navigational instruments over the past 250 years.

10:30 a.m. Coffee break and snacks

11:00 a.m. The Versatile Watchmaker's Lathe - Moritz Elsaesser

By use of video images Moritz Elsaesser will demonstrate a range of watch and clock work that can be done with a watchmaker's lathe. Topics will include how to hold a graver and how to sharpen it. He will show how to use a faceplate, a slide rest, a milling attachment, and will discuss the set up and tools required for gear cutting. As time permits, Moritz will show other uses helpful to both clock and watchmakers.

12:15 p.m. Catered box lunch

1:00 p.m. Clockmaking in Southeastern Massachusetts; the Relationships between Clockmakers and Cabinetmakers - Gary Sullivan

The information to be presented will explore the relationship between the local clockmakers and the cabinetmakers who produced the cases. These transactions will be highlighted by way of images as well as specific entries in period account books.

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 trained and worked at the Howard Clock Company. He was associated with the Harvard Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments for thirty five years as a restorer of the collection. John ran his own restoration business from 1954 to 1997, followed by a short interlude as an instructor at the NAWCC School of Horology. He is now retired.

Don Irving has been building clock cases for about 20 years.  Don received First Place at the 2005 NAWCC crafts contest in Cleveland, OH for a clock case he designed and built.  Don lives in Westminster, MA and has been a certifiable "clock nut" for many years.  He has previously given presentations to Chapter 8 on brass clock dials, wood case construction, dial waxing and silvering, and the history of clock dials.

Moritz Elsaesser is an accomplished watchmaker with extensive training in the U.S. and Switzerland.  He has been collecting pocket watches for thirty five years, and now runs a repair and restoration trade shop in Holliston, MA.  In 2005 Moritz received the prestigious Henry B. Fried Award for excellence in watchmaking.

Gary R. Sullivan has shared his clock expertise in ongoing guest television appearances on PBS shows Antiques Roadshow, Find!, and The New Yankee Workshop.  Also, he has written and lectured on early American clocks and has contributed to books and scholarly research on that subject.  Born in Newton, Massachusetts, he attended Wentworth Institute of Technology in 1975-76.  Gary is co-author of Harbor & Home; Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts 1710-1850.

Registration for May 23, 2009, Willard House Workshop

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



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Mail by May 16 with check payable to "New England Chapter #8" to Wayne Paskerian, 5 Warren St., Winchester, MA 01890

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