New England Chapter No. 8 NAWCC

Winter Meeting, Saturday, February 4, 2012

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


9:00 AM. "Why is There a Watch in My Clock?" Chris Carey’s continuing presentation (Part 3) will cover repair tips for working on the Waltham 37 size clock movement. The talk will include information about cleaning and oiling, the mainsprings, bushing / jewelling, how to handle the balance, and the setting and winding configuration. Or, if people prefer, we can delve even deeper into the balance wheel and the lever escapement as a continuation of the previous talk. Chris is the owner of Watertown Watch and Clock Company in Newton, MA specializing in the repair of vintage and antique watches and clocks for more than 17 years. He is the President of The Massachusetts Watchmakers-Clockmakers Association, a member of AWCI, NAWCC, and The Greater Boston Watch and Clock Collectors.

10:30 AM. "Hands-on Wood Carving." Joel Warren’s program will focus on carving and finishing relating to wooden clock cases. The final carved pieces are colored to match the surrounding area by the use of oil based stains, solvent tints and thinned out paint. The finished piece is coated with any number of finishes depending on how the rest of the clock is finished. There will be class participation and time for questions after the presentation. Joel is an NAWCC Fellow and a 35-year member of the association. He has won two National Craft Competition Peoples Choice Awards as well as many First Place Honors. Joel has been actively making clocks and supplying Restoration Components for Ithaca Calendar Clocks since 1976.

12:00 Noon. Luncheon.

12:45 PM, Luncheon Program. "History of Art Conservation and How It Can Relate to Horology." This presentation by James Moss will encompass the impetus by museums to create the fields of preservation and conservation to preserve their objects. This effort began as a scientific examination of the reasons for the failure of the treatments as well as the cause of the objects’ deterioration. The general public holds approximately 75% of the world’s most valuable historical treasures in private collections or as family heirlooms. Thus, the conservation of privately held historical objects including clocks and watches needs to be explored. James has been in private practice as a horological restorer since 1969 and a conservator since 1993. He is a current member of the AIC (Am. Inst for the Conservation of Historic and Artistic works). He was a cofounder of NAWCC Chapter 87, and he lectured for many years on the technical aspects of clock repair and restoration for NAWCC Chapters 8, 87, and 89. James is currently semi-retired.

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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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