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Antique clock repairs, restoration and conservation.

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Making an accurate tide clock

This is the first in a series of blog posts where I will record the progress with the construction of a long case clock which aims to accurately predict the tides for Fidra, North Berwick on the East coast of Scotland or indeed anywhere in Northern Europe. There are many quartz tide clocks available on…

Safely drilling brass

Brass is a fantastic metal to work with, it machines, files and cuts easily and it can be polished to a mirror finish for the highest grade of clock making.  However, to the uninitiated engineer there is a hidden peril to working with this metal: drilling it! If you’ve even taken a standard twist drill…

Replacing a missing screw

It is fairly common when working on antique clocks to find a missing screw. I’ve been working on a high end longcase clock movement recently where a previous repairer had replaced a missing screw with a machine screw. It looked terrible and didn’t even have the same thread! Fortunately in this case the original tapped…

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