Finally a horology post for people who like shiny things.
August 17, 2015 6:58 AM Subscribe
“Making a clock is a fascinating and satisfying experience. From the matching of the first two components, to the moment one hears the first beats of the escapement - it is as though one has created a living thing.”Ever want to build your own clock? It might be fun, especially if you’re into home machining and are bored of small projects (like building a working steam engine). You could always buy a Clock Construction Manual by John Wilding. Or you could sit at home and watch a beautiful brass skeleton clock being made over at ClickSpring.
If you like watching how machines work, you probably enjoy every opportunity to examine skeleton clocks. With all the moving gears on display, you can directly observe the precision engineering that at one time earned pioneering clockmakers prizes of royal fortune. Clickspring takes things one step further by making a skeleton clock and beautifully shows the machining of each part of the clock, piece by piece.
The man behind ClickSpring, Chris, is a trainer at an Australian vocational college with no formal machining, horology or videography background. None-the-less he crafts videos like an expert, explores the finer points to produce a obsessively well finished machine-parts and explains the process with a soothing timbre. The first episode deals with making the frame, things get more complicated from there…
While Chris’s videos are the most pleasing to watch, he’s not alone in the online video clockmaking world.
Mark Frank is a collector who commissioned a truly epic clock by Buchanan of Chelmsford. While Buchanan is too much an artisan to have his own website, Mr. Frank has published a technical write up of the design, a website overviewing the progress and a YouTube channel with numerous clips of the build and design.
Steffen Pahlow has a lot of videos as well, with more of a focus on watches, such as the restoration of an old tourbillon pocketwatch. perlxr, a channel that includes some videos on modern quartz watches along with a few series on tourbillon clock design and construction.
- Tourbillon Model Building
- Tourbillon Detent
- Forming the Tourbillon Overcoil
- Tourbillon Test Run
- Tourbillon Run with Hairspring (and part 2)
- Tourbillon Escape Wheel
- Tourbillon Final Test
- Tourbillon Final Assembly
And if you’re ready for amateur clockmaking to take over your life, then you should probably consider joining the British Horological Institute if only to receive their lovely Horological Journal. (Previously)
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