This is the fist time this much information has been available and compiled on the subject of wooden movement restoration and repair. There are no other currently published books or video programs available on this repair subject.
It is very exciting to finally have a comprehensive educational program on the subject of wooden works movement repair!
So many wooden movements in the past have suffered from poor quality repairs. With proper repair knowledge, many discarded movements that were thought to be beyond repair, can now be restored. Hopefully, future repairs will be more historically accurate and be acceptably completed.
Broken wheels, wheel teeth, pinion leaves, movement plates, retainers, pivots, levers, complete time and strike systems can be repaired and restored. With this repair knowledge, many of these restorations can be accomplished. Most of these movements have been in existence for 165-200 years. These should continue to provide enjoyment and service for at least that much longer with proper maintenance.
The basic principals of time and strike mechanisms remain constant. Working with movements made of wood cannot always be repaired and serviced in the same manner as brass. Wood presents different challenges that must be addressed in a way that accommodates the various characteristics of wood. Therefore, experience in brass movement repair does not fully qualify one to repair wooden movements. Many different techniques and procedures need to be used in the repair of wood movement.
Learning from books and manuals can be confusing and frustrating. It can be difficult trying to recall what you previously learned in a class. That is why I have created these video courses for you. Even though I have learned from many books and manuals, nothing beats someone showing and telling. For over the last 15 years people from all over the world have been learning from my video courses. You can learn to repair antique clocks and watches.
My interest in clocks, watches and antiques started 25+ years ago. My wife Cynthia wanted to buy an antique tambour (camelback) clock like the one her parents once had on their mantel. Before that time, my grandfather gave me his antique pocket watch.
Since then we have accumulated several tambours and a wide variety of other antique clocks and watches.
Most of the clocks and watches we bought needed some work, or did not work at all. That is where I came in - to learn to fix them all!
I still continue to buy, sell, repair, and collect many antique clocks and watches.
For most parts of the U.S., and outside of the U.S., there are very limited resources to learn clock and watch repair. These videos are for those people who have some or no access to antique clock and watch repair and restoration training.
There are 3 ways to learn clock and watch repair.
See the testimonials below from some of the students that have commented about the courses.