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Some useful practical articles

On this page are links to a selection of practical articles which have appeared in Clocks in recent years. We also feature regular antiquarian articles and articles of general horological interest.

Renovating clock pulleys
by Dennis Haynes, UK, August 2012.
"While browsing idly through Ebay one day I came across a box of longcase pulleys offered for auction, figure 1. Spare pulleys are often useful so I decided on a speculative punt and to my surprise and delight ..." more

Making a grandfather clock case
by Clive Pickering, Australia, May 2014.
"This story began with an evening phone call from a well-respected clock restorer in Sydney. He was enquiring if I was still interested in building cases for clocks ..." more

The making of a tipsy key
by John Wilding, UK, June 2007.
"A tipsy key is one that will only wind in one direction. It is used on quality clocks and chronometers..." more

Replacing calendar wheels in longcase clocks
by Dennis Haynes, UK, June 2011.
"I wonder if restorers who handle brass-dial longcase clock movements are as amazed as I am by how many are missing their calendar-drive 24-hour wheels..." more

Restoring the case of a black marble clock
by Ian Beilby, UK, March 2010.
"The photographs in figures 1 and 2 show what remained of a clock which was described by a dealer friend of mine as 'just what I was looking for'. Well, there was some truth in that..." more

Replacing missing teeth on clock wheels
by Alf Wilford, Australia, August 2011.
"Believe it or not, the owner of the carriage clock shown in figure 1 bought it for five dollars ... When I dismantled the clock I found that the intermediate wheel was missing two adjacent teeth..." more

Making and repairing clock dials
by Brian Barkworth, Australia, April 2011.
"English dial clocks invariably have large dials so the condition of the dial, being the face of the clock, is even more important than usual ..." more
Repairing a clock dial pillar
by Ian Beilby, UK, April 2010.
"Taper pins provide a quick and reliable means of holding together clock plates and dials ... You can, however, have difficulties with them..." more

Making clock spring barrels
by David Creed, UK, August 2004.
"For the past few months I have been making my own clock barrels. This came about as a result of being frustrated by the limited stocks available at the suppliers. The process is not as hard as people may think..." more

Splicing a clock rope
by Geoff Levy, UK, December 2006.
"Most of us are somewhat daunted by the sight of a broken or unusable 30-hour clock rope and tend to reach for the catalogue of chain conversion kits..." more

Repivoting without special tools
by Gavin Leach, UK, September 2005.
"A lot has been written about the technicalities and problems of renewing damaged privots on clock arbors - to the point that the average new started to horology tends to avoid the subject entirely..." more

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