Workshop: How to Keep Your Clock Running
(and save some $$$ too)
The local chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC), a group of people in all things horological: we collect clocks and watches, or repair/restore them, or build them from scratch, or do case refinishing, or study their science and history…
The NAWCC issues a bi-monthly magazine with truly fine articles on collecting, repairing, and history; has extensive on-line forums for communicating with others; and a world class lending library (available via U.S. mail for a nominal cost) with thousands of books and other media types, many being very rare and difficult to obtain.
Our local chapter 31 meets at the Beaverton library at 2:00 on the 3rd Sunday of every month; we have a “mart” where folks bring items to buy and sell, followed by a program, usually a presentation on some aspect of horology.
In October, we are throwing the doors open and inviting all those who want to keep their clocks running and in good repair to come and start learning the fundamentals. If you have a clock or two that’s sitting idle because of it’s too expensive to service, come on the 15th and learn if you can save that money and do the work yourself.
Our Web site: nawcc31.org
Treasurer & Sunshine
Ron Dusek (2014)
Tom Hammond (2014)
Stoddard Smith (2016)
Dick Vigal (2016)
4-Officers, Past President,
& 4 Directors
Webmaster & E-Mailings
Program & Publicity
Mary Elizabeth Harper
Nominating & Elections
Raffle & Door Prizes
NAWCC Bulletin Coordinator
Leo & Kris Freiermuth
Chapter Event Photographer
Your Chapter has had a busy month.
We had an Excellent Picnic thanks to our gracious hosts the Holstroms and planning by Mary Elizabeth Harper.
Meier and Frank Master Clock and Subsidiary Dial: These two items the Mayer tall case master and "slave" are now side by side at the Gresham Museum. This was accomplished under the leadership of Bill Butcher who arranged for the production of the supporting subsidiary dial cabinet which he beautifully finished to match the tall case. In addition Bill acquired two analog mechanisms and wired their remote battery system within the base cabinet. Best of all, in the absence of the subsidiary mechanism, Bill installed two movements that take their time signal from Colorado. So, for the moment the Master will be set to agree with the slave or subsidiary clock.
OMSI: Al Pohlpeter and I visited the Oregonian Clock again the end of August and made some progress in diagnosing its stopping problem. Rob Kondos of OMSI made a fine adjustment to the strike counterweight which eliminated the hammer bounce.
I will be calling those interested in manning the Chapter 31 information table at OMSI for the purpose of educating/demonstrating time related items. This is great exposure for our chapter.
Street Clock at the Beaverton Bakery: Al Pohlpeter re-installed the mechanism and the clock is running and keeping time just as we knew it would.
The Makers Faire is back- Sept 14 (15th is our Chapter meeting at the Beaverton Libray) in the OMSI parking lot. It's not all robotics, last year I went home from the Makers Faire and made a cell phone microscope $ Free. See the "unusual" adapted from the usual. Negotiate a reduced entrance fee with your NAWCC membership card.
Northwest Auction? Yes the third annual Horological Auction will be held at the Edmonds Senior Center just north of Seattle on October 13. This is another opportunity to both buy and sell time related items right here in the NW.
Directors Meeting: If your name is on the list to the left.as a director, plan on making this meeting on Sept. 15th at the Beaverton Library, 1:00PM. Agenda items are being assembled and will be sent to each of you in advance so make any recommendations in the meantime. As always all members are encouraged to attend these meetings conveniently held before the Chapter meeting.
Respectfully, George Matto
September 15th, 2013
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Chapter Picnic in August so no sectaries report for this month.