I hope you all are enjoying your summer. Here are some announcements:
The annual Chapter 31 Picnic: Aug. 21 -- starting the coals at 1:00 PM, at the Pohlpeter's. See full description and info below under Coming Meetings. A great venue!
Email abuse: please treat with suspicion and caution any emails you see from the chapter officers; scoundrels have been using our email addresses listed on our site in various ways to solicit money.
Auction: There is an estate sale of Anton Larsen's (chapter 50) horological belongings. From an email sent by his daughter, Lisa Greenough: "We will have 3 rooms of pocket watches, wrist watches, fobs, chains, clocks, tools, parts....a life time collection and lots of very interesting stuff. Everyday will be different because we can't put it all out in one day."
Web site: https://www.estatesales.net/WA/Seattle/98117/1243338
Lisa Greenough 206-465-8840
Jan Jarvis 425.941.2372
Jeanne Klein 425.888.1902
In other news: we have a new member, Christine Griffen, who many of you will have met at the July meeting at the Ford's clock shop. Welcome Christine! In addition, Christine is going to be volunteering for 1000 hours for us and the National organization; we have several things in mind for her to work on, such as: helping to transition the files from our outgoing Historian, working on public outreach and membership building, and writing articles for the NAWCC Bulletin.
A sincere 'thank you!" to the Fords for their generous hospitality last month; a fascinating tour of their spring manufacturing and clock repair facilities.
Speaking of shops: I've been having fun progressing along on my build of John Wilding's 'Great Wheel Skeleton Clock' (here's what it should look like when complete in a year or so: http://www.craftsmanshipmuseum.com/images/Wilding17.jpg). I've got the three pillars done, and 5 of the six screws; now I'm 'screwing my courage to the sticking point' and preparing for machining the Great Wheel itself, all 290 teeth. Lots of interesting prep work for this operation: obtained a nice flat piece of 3/8" plywood for mounting the wheel blank, for use in both the turning to size operation (8.6" diam.), and for backing while cutting the teeth. How to mount this big boy REALLY firmly so it never slips during tooth cutting; how to make sure it's pretty flat so it does not wobble in operation; etc. And then, once it's cut, protecting it while crossing out; at only 1/8" thick, it will be pretty fragile. And I'm clumsy...
An idea: send me a paragraph or a page on what you've been doing: restoring, collecting, building, reading..., and I'll include it in the next TO.
See you at the picnic, and best regards,