New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Fall Meeting, Saturday, November 5, 2011

Auburn Elks Lodge, Auburn, MA
754 Southbridge Street (Route 12), Auburn, MA


9:00 AM. "The Restoration of an Unusual Animated French Diorama Clock." Les Tyrala will give a PowerPoint presentation of his recent restoration of a mid-Victorian diorama clock. The restoration included the background-painted diorama of a French coastal village and the foreground village 3D buildings, the 8-day T/S movement for the church steeple, and the clockwork mechanism that animates two ships, a painted cloth that moves to simulate waves, as well as the background windmill. While working in London as a minerals exploration geologist in the late 1970s, Les received his initial clock and barometer restoration instruction and training in a two-semester evening class while living there. He continues his geological consulting, and clock and barometer restorations, from his home. Les is the current Chapter 8 secretary.

10:30 AM. "Horological Dentistry." Marty Cohen states he has reached that stage in life described by, "Them as can, does; them as can't, teaches." His talk will discuss the necessary tools and explain the techniques to carry out this type of gear tooth repair. Marty is one of the current Chapter 8 directors and an amateur horologist. He is a retired technical consultant having worked for 32 years at Arthur D. Little. Also, he is a toolmaker and an active volunteer at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation, Waltham, MA.

12:00 Noon. Luncheon.

12:45 PM, Luncheon Program. "Women in Clockmaking." Jennifer Carroll, the new Executive Director of the American Clock & Watch Museum, Bristol, CT, will do a program about women in clockmaking during the last 300 years. This presentation examines the important contribution that women have made to the American system of clock and watchmaking. In most instances the names of women and their role in America's horological trades have been forgotten and information is scarce. Using available information, the American Clock & Watch Museum has attempted to reconstruct the role that women played in this industry. Jennifer holds a BA in American History and Women's Studies from the University of New Hampshire, and a MA in History Museum Administration from Eastern Illinois University. She has been working in the museum field for more than 15 years, mostly in New Hampshire and Maine.

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From the East or West: Mass Turnpike (I-90), take Exit 10, then stay to the right after exiting the toll plaza and to Southbridge St. (Route 12) going south. The Elks Club is about 0.6 mile on the right.

From the North: follow Route 290 to Exit 6, then to Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 to the 4th set of lights (Route 12 intersection). Turn right (north) on to Route 12. The Elk Club is about 0.3 mile on the left. Note: the exit for Route 20 West off of Route 290 is the very first exit after the Mass Turnpike. The exit comes up quickly, so be aware of this situation.

From the South: follow Route 395 (becomes Route 290 in Auburn) and take Exit 6 for Route 20 West. Proceed to the 4th set of lights (the junction of Routes 12 and 20) and turn right on to Route 12 North. The Elks Club is about 0.3 mile on the left.

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