Clockmaking related sites

Compiled by Douglas Vogt, 1/9/12

 

Timesavers

http://www.timesavers.com

Box 12700

Scottsdale, AZ 85260

1-800-552-1520 (orders)

Movements, many tools, lots of parts & supplies.

 

Cas-Ker Co.

http://www.casker.com

2550 Civic Center drive

Cincinnati, OH 45231

1-800-487-0408 (orders)

Full line distributer of tools & supplies for jewelers & watchmakers. Large selection of files and other tools needed to make clock movements.

 

Merritt's Antiques

http://www.merritts.com

1860 Weavertown Road

P.O. Box 277

DouglassVille, PA 19518-0277

1-800-345-4101 (orders)

Has movements and parts and tools. Has special catalog of reproduction clocks. 

 

Small Parts Inc.

http://www.smallparts.com

13980 NW 58th Court

P.O. Box 4650

Miami Lakes, FL 33014-0650

1-800-220-4242

1-305-558-0509

Small tools, metals, fasteners: "The Hardware Store for Researchers and Developers"

 

P.P. Thornton (Successors), Ltd.

http://www.ppthornton.com
New Owner - Moved to new location August 2011
The Old Dairy
Prescote Manor Farm
Cropredy, Oxon OX17 1PF
Phone/Fax 01295 758092
Email Info@ppthornton.com
Horological cutter makers: wheel and pinion cutters

 

Little Machine Shop

http://www.LittleMachineShop.com

396 W. Washington Blvd. #500

Pasadena, CA 91103

Email: Info@LittleMachineShop.com

800-981-9663

Supplier of tools and accessories for the bench top machinist. Catalog is over 120 pages.

 

A2Z Corp.

http://www.a2zcorp.us/store

3955 S. Mariposa St.

Englewood CO 80110

Info@A2Zcorp.us

720-833-9300

Model Airplanes, Authorized Sherline & Taig Dealers. Accessories for the bench top machinist.

 

Victor Machinery Exchange

http://www.victornet.com

56 Bogart Street

Brooklyn, NY 11206-3817

800-723-5359

Email Sales@Victornet.com

Machinery & accessories

 

McMurray Metals

http://www.mcmurraymetals.com

3000 Elm Street

Dallas, TX 75226-1511

(214) 742-5654

Distributer of metals including leaded brass for clockmaking.

 

MSC Industrial Supply Co.

http://www.mscdirect.com

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

75 Maxess Road

Melville, New York 11747-3151

1-800-645-7270 - General Customer Service

1-800-753-7970 - E-Commerce Customer Service

1-516-812-2000 - General Offices

 

OnlineMetals.com

http://www.onlinemetals.com

366 West Nickerson, Lower Level

Seattle, WA 98119

E-mail: sales@onlinemetals.com

Phone: (800) 704-2157 • Or • (206) 285-8603

Fax: (800) 533-6350 • Or • (206) 285-7836

 

McMaster-Carr

http://www.mcmaster.com

P.O. Box 740100

Atlanta, GA 30374-0100

atl.sales@mcmaster.com

Plant locations in major cities. All sorts of metalworking tools.

 

Meadows & Passmore

http://www.m-p.co.uk/

"One of the world's major distributors of parts, tools and supplies to clockmakers"

1, Ellen Street, Portslade, Brighton, East Sussex BN41 1EU.

United Kingdom

Telephone 01273 421321

(from outside the UK +44 1273 421321)

Fax 01273 421322.

Email address is sales@m-p.co.uk

 

National Jewelers Supply

http://www.nationaljewelerssupplies.com/

101 Mystic Avenue

Medford, MA 02155

888-657-8665

Jewelry cleaning supplies, ultrasonic jewelry cleaners, jewelers tools & gold testing equipment)

 

Ian T. Cobb

http://www.iantcobb.co.uk/index.html

8 Poplar Avenue

Birstall, Leicestershire, LE4 3DU

England

Tel. +(44) 0116 2676063

Supplier of Brass & Steel for the Clockmaker.

PRE-CUT Wheels for clocks designed by Wilding, Smith, Timmins, etc.

 

R&M Imports

http://www.randmimports.com

P.O. Box 60

Harveysburg, Ohio 45032

513-897-5015

Parts, materials, tools, Hermle & Urgos Movements

 

 

Clock Movement Plans: Books on Brass Movements

 

The major writers are England's John Wilding and Alan Timmins, especially the former. In the U.S. it's Bill Smith. Both Wilding and Smith produce comb bound manuals of their clocks and both are available from the British Horological Institute and from Bill Smith himself. Wilding has turned over the business of distributing his manuals to a private publisher. Generally, anything available from the BHI is also available from W. R. Smith.

 

 

W. R. Smith,  BSME, FBHI, FNAWCC, CMC, CMW.

W. R. (Bill) Smith

8049 Camberley Drive

Powell, TN 37849

Phone: 865-947-9671

e-mail WRSmith2@aol.com

 

Books available from The Hands of Time, jerry Kenney’s site

http://www.clocktools.com/joomla/

 

How to Make a Skeleton Wall Clock

This is an unusual lyre shaped skeleton clock because it is weight driven and made to be wall-mounted. Uses the anchor escapement.

 

Clockmaking & Modelmaking Tools and Techniques

How to Make a Grasshopper Skeleton Clock

This is a spring driven fusee movement with a compound pendulum and Bill Smith's version of John Harrison's grasshopper escapement. For the experienced clockmaker, this is a real showpiece.

 

How to Make a Lyre Skeleton Clock

This is Bill Smith's contribution to lyre-shaped skeleton clocks. This is a typical English design for a spring wound fusee movement.

 

Clockmaking & Modelmaking Tools and Techniques

A collection of Bill Smith's articles on care and use of the graver, super glue arbors, fusee grooving attachment, use of piercing and fret saws, pinion head depthing tool, filing buttons, sheet metal drills and more.

 

How to Make a Gearless Gravity Arm Clock

Bill Smith's most recent construction manual

 

 

John Wilding FBHI

All Wilding’s books available from http://www.ritetimepublishing.com/

 

8-Day Weight Driven Wall Clock (Original,)

Wildings first! A time-only weight-driven movement build on the Myford ML7 lathe.

 

8-Day Weight Driven Wall Clock (Update)

An update of the original movement with optional Henry Ward striking (off the pendulum power without a separate train), simple datework or the Rev. Ludlum's perpetual datework. Made on the Myford.

 

How to Make a Replica of an 18th Century 30 Hour, Weight Driven Alarm Clock

This is Wilding's third book and covers the construction of a "birdcage" type movement with the trains from front to back as opposed to modern practice of side-by-side trains. As befits the actual time one of these clocks would have been made, there is no minute hand. Made on the Myford.

 

The Construction of a Congreve Rolling Ball Clock

The Congreve clock's timekeeping mechanism was a ball rolling down a tilting square table. Wilding has revised the design to make it somewhat more accurate and increased the power by skeletonizing the table.

 

How to make a Battery Driven Electric Clock

Wilding has developed a clock based on the design of a battery powered domestic clock of the early 1900's where the short pendulum swung back to front instead of side to side.The pendulum is impulsed by the Scotts "notched tooth." Made on the Myford.

 

Simple 16th Century Style Clock

The first of Wildings movements built on the Unimat, this is a foliot weight-driven timepiece representative of something found in the 16th Century.

 

Castle Clock

A weight-driven partially skeletonized frame movement with the frames in the form of a castle with other elements following the castle design. Has a passing strike. Made on the Unimat.

 

Scissors Clock & Fusee Grooving Tool

A copy of an old design using the Unimat lathe. The contra oscillating compound pendulums are brought forward to the front of the movement. Uses the crossbeat escapement. Royer-Collard's book "Skeleton Clocks" shows an 1820 French scissors clock using the Dutertre's escapement. These may be the same.

 

Tavern or Act of Parliament Clock, Including case

A version of a 1760 timepiece which would have been in a tavern or other public place. An extra wheel is added to the train to minimize the fall and reduce the case size. This is an imposing wall clock. Made on the Myford.

 

English Dial Clock with Datework, Including Case

Construction of a time-only spring driven fusee movement. English dial clocks were the almost universal means of telling time during the Victorian era in England due to their relatively small size, clear dial markings and accuracy. Built on the Myford.

 

Modern Tower Clock Installation with Striking

An electromechanical clock employing the "waiting train" principle. The movement has electric striking.

 

Small weight Driven Tower Clock Movement

This clock is a movement suitable for use in a tower and is said to be able to drive hands for a dial up to two ft. in diameter. Made on the Myford.

 

Large Wheel Skeleton Clock

This has large wheels with many teeth, the largest being over 8 1/2 in. diameter with 290 teeth. Many French clocks of the late 18th Century were in this style. Made on the Myford lathe as a large swing is required.

 

Using the Small Lathe

A valuable resource for making tools and attachments required in clockmaking: filing rest, Jacot attachment, screwhead   holder, etc. Additional information on overhauling a 30 hour movement.

 

Making a "Marriage" & the Re-housing of Discarded Movements

This book replaces Volume 2 of "Hints & Tips" (out of print) while adding new material. One item is the construction of a skeleton clock from a discarded English Dial.

 

Horological Miscellanies

A collection of Wilding's articles on Rev. Ludlum's perpetual datework, modifications to a Congreve, automatic winding for a 30-hour, etc.

 

Large Balance Wheel Electric Clock

Based on the Murday-Reason battery electric clock manufactured in the beginning of the 19th century. Operates on the Hipp toggle principle as does Wilding's  3/4 pendulum electric clock. Made on the Myford.

 

Elegant Scroll Frame Skeleton Clock

This is a revised version of his second clock and the most popular of his designs. Revisions were mainly to remove references to the 8-day book and add information to allow this second book to be a complete stand-alone manual. Similar to the 1835 clock shown on page 24 of Roter-Collard's book, this is a passing strike fusee movement. Made on the Myford.

 

Some Notes on Tower Clocks - Their Maintenance & Repair

Maintenance and repair of tower clocks with an examples of a typical 19th century tower movement as well as a "potts flatbed" movement.

 

English Regulator Clock and Case

Wilding's Graham deadbeat regulator based on a design of F. Dent from the early 1900's. Hour, minute and second hands are not concentric but have their own arbors and are shown on separate parts of the dial. Made on the Cowells lathe.

 

English Regulator Clock and Case now with month going included

Wilding's Graham deadbeat regulator based on a design of F. Dent from the early 1900's. Hour, minute and second hands are not concentric but have their own arbors and are shown on separate parts of the dial. Made on the Cowells lathe.

 

Crystal Wheel Skeleton Clock

A copy of an 1830 design by James Edwards where the wheel teeth and collets are brass but the rest is glass (Edwards) or clear plastic (Wilding).

 

 

Tools for the Clockmaker and Repairer

Details the making of special tools for clockmakers and clock repairers.

 

How to Repair Antique Clocks, VOLUME 1

Contains the repair of f]pivots, overhauling a 30-hour clodk, replacing wheels, rebushing a pulley, wheelcutting on the lathe, cutting a dead-beat escape wheel, silvering. 19 chapters in all.

 

How to Repair Antique Clocks, VOLUME 2

Making a Jacot tool for the Unimat, overhauling an 8-day movement, keys, seconds hands and more, 20 chapters.

 

How to Repair Antique Clocks, VOLUME 3

Reconstructing a skeleton clock, a problematic longcase, replacing wheels, cutting wheels in the lathe, 31 articles.

 

Hints and Tips for Clockmakers & Repairers Vol. 1

Hints and Tips for Clockmakers & Repairers Vol. 2

Routine overhauls for a variety of clocks is covered in these two volumes as well as making parts.

 

The Construction of the M.E. Jubilee Electric Clock

An original design by Edgar T. Westbury in "Model Engineer" is revised. This clock is a "master" type of battery clock using the Scotts nothed tooth principle of impulsing the pendulum in contrast to weights or springs in a traditional clock or the Hipp toggle principle in other electromechanical clocks. Seconds pendulum.

 

Construction of a Weight Driven Brass Alarm Clock

Another weight-driven foliot design typical of about the 16th century, this clock features the "Strob" escapement of Richard of Wallingford. Made on the Toyo ML-210 lathe.

 

The construction of a Drum Water Clock

A clock where the timekeeping mechanism is a drum upon which water falls. Not an accurate timekeeper. Made on the Myford.

 

How to Make Galileo's Escapement

This is a copy of a movement in the London Science Museum which was made from Galileo's original drawings of about 1641. It is not a complete clock but shows the escapement and pendulum.

 

Construction of a 3/4 Second Electric Clock

As of 2002, this is Wilding's latest manual (1999) and deals with making a battery electric clock using the Hipp toggle principle. Made on the Peatol lathe.

 

 

 

Books by other authors (available from http://www.ritetimepublishing.com/ )

 

John Tyler, How to Make an English Style Bracket Clock

Construction of an English-style bracket movement by John Tyler of California. This is a double fusee striking movement with additional information on construction of a case and determining the exact shape of an appropriate fusee.

 

John G. Wright, How to make Joseph Merlin's Band Clock

This clock has rotating bands instead of the usual dial. A full description of the clock and making of special jigs and related tools is included. Not for the beginner.

 

 

Books by other authors

 

Alan Timmins, Making an Eight Day Longcase Clock (Tee Publishing), available through the BHI. Construction of a traditional English eight day movement.

 

Peter Heimann, Regulator Clock Construction (Special Interest Model Books, Ltd., 2007. Construction manual for two wall regulators: an eight-day and a month going clock complete with case instructions.

 

Laurie Penman, Clock Design & Construction Including Dial Making, London: Alphabooks, A&C Black, 1989. Designing of a clock movement from a technical standpoint. Not a construction manual for a specific clock movement.

 

Laurie Penman, Making Clocks, Called the "Master Book: the Penman Timepiece and Penman Escapement." This appears to be a classroom training book for beginning clockmakers using the author's own designs.

 

Claude B. Reeve: Clockmaking for the Amateur, Various publishers, most recently Tee Publishing. See Booksellers.

Making a chiming, striking bracket movement. Not a design for the beginner.

 

Donald DeCarle F.B.H.I.:Practical Clock Repairing

London: N.A.G. Press, 1952

A classic in the field. Includes chapters on making a fusee timepiece pendulum movement but is not a construction manual like Wildings. The subject material is somewhat dated but still valuable.

 

J. M. Huckabee, How to Build a Regulator Clock, Shop drawings with construction notes on building a shop regulator clock. Not a traditional design. Available from the AWI.

 

Steven G. Conover, Building an American Clock Movement

This is a construction manual on building a time-only reproduction of a 16850-1930 Waterbury movement. Available from:

Clockmakers Newsletter

Published since 1987, Clockmakers Newsletter is an eight page monthly newsletter for clock repairers and clockmakers.

Steven G. Conover, Editor

203 John Glenn Ave.

Reading, PA 19607

 

Individual Plans

 

Colin Thorne, LBHI Clock Movement Plans

Sold in the U.S. &  Canada by Guy Lautard

http://www.lautard.com/

Guy Lautard

2570 Rosebery Avenue

West Vancouver, B.C.

Canada V7V 2Z9

 

SKELETON TIMEPIECE

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN CLOCK

SALOMON COSTER CLOCK

JAMES FERGUSON CLOCK

HOODED WALL CASE

FROMANTEEL TIMEPIECE

DOUBLE FUSEE SKELETON CLOCK

NICHOLAS KRATZER’S POLYHEDRAL SUNDIAL

MONTH GOING SKELETON TIMEPIECE

RING SUNDIAL

Plans also available for clock tools. There is the original source for these plans in England as well but no Web site is available.