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Wooden Works Movement Repair

Intermediate Clock Repair Course - 15 video modules and a course manual.

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.


Your Instructor


John Tope
John Tope

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.

  • You can go to school in Columbia, PA and pay up to $1000 per classroom course. There is no guarantee that you will remember all you learned or recall the information when you need it. Also, there is the cost of travel, lodging and meals. This is the most expensive method considering the costs and the loss of information you may not remember.
  • Do it yourself by looking up some information on the internet, read some books and piece the information together. Experience a lot of trial and error which consumes much your time and can lead to frustration and disappointment. This is the long and hard road.
  • Learn from The Tick Tock Productions Online School where the lessons are organized, you have a resource library and the ability to recall all the information when needed. You don’t need to struggle to remember everything, no trial and error from incomplete information and no travel required. This is the most economical and convenient choice.

See the testimonials below from some of the students that have commented about the courses.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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