Come to AWCI in our well-equipped machine shop and join David Lindow in the second offering for this practical, hands on class where gearing and gear cutting will be practiced. Not only will the student learn the basic set ups involved cutting horological gears but multiple approaches to tooling will be explored as well as theory from a practical standpoint. The student will learn about wheel and pinion engagements and gain a fuller understanding of horological gearing in general. While the focus of the class will be on making gears and pinions the skills taught will transfer to general repair and improve the success rate of anyone that repairs clocks even if they never plan to cut gears in their shop.
Michael Gainey CC21
Herschede Tubular Bell Restoration Class
August 11-13 2021
Location: AWCI Headquarters in Harrison, Ohio
Cost of class: AWCI members – $595 Non-members – $745
Michael will share his hard earned knowledge gained from forty years of experience through his extensive power point presentation with over 200 photos that focus on dozens of examples of those issues, both before and after a rebuild, that are unique to the most common Herschede Tubular Bell movements. This is not a simple discussion of disassembly, restoration and reassembly but an in depth look at all the problems associated with these high quality but often troublesome movements. Just a few of the topics include the dead beat escapement, anchor replacement, bushings, polishing and adjusting of levers and pins, hammer dampers, the chime cylinder, chime lift lever, gathering pallet adjustments and replacement, rack hooks, minute wheel issues, the main wheels and maintaining power system, cable replacement tips, self adjust chime adjustments, delivery and installation tips, parts availability, pricing concepts and repair times as well as special considerations for the two weight Herschede tubular bell clock. The class will also include an actual demonstration of restoration techniques on a Herschede tubular bell movement.
Attendees are encouraged to bring any Herschede movement they may have for inspection or possible trouble shooting help.
Expected Class Schedule
- General Info/Introduction
- Specific Repair Issues
Proper bushing installation
Chime gathering pallet engagement
Chime release lifting lever issues
Gathering pallet, rack, and rack hook shape for proper operation
Minute wheel and lift pin issues
Minute hand pipe
Dead beat escapement adjusting rules
Lock, drop and lift
Polishing out ruts
Step to reset escapement
Mounting a new set of pallets
Maintaining power system on time main wheel
Bushing and broaching technique
Inconsistent diameters and depth issues
Levers and pins
Chime second wheel depth control
Chime cylinder and hammer superstructure
Bent cylinder pins and how to straighten
Techniques and knots
Sagging tube racks
Moon dial issues
Self adjust chime issues
Strike hammer lift pins
Chime lift release lever and minute hand
Proper alignment and techniques
Fitting new gathering pallet
III. Finishing the Job
Restringing hammers and tubes
Tubular bell cosmetics
Weight and disc appearance
- Delivering the Repaired Movement
Level and stabilize
Customer care instructions
- Initial Diagnosis
Wear – where to look first
Available parts references
Examples of Herschede movement varieties
Discussion of two weight Herschede tubular chime movements
Demonstration of restoration techniques on actual movement
Demonstrate synchronizing process
Place on testing stand and perform final adjustments
Examination of any participant Herschede movements
Demonstrate proper set up of full 9 tube movement
Demonstrate customer instructions
Review of critical areas when restoring these movements
Michael Gainey CC21
Michael’s career as a clockmaker began in 1978 when he took a job with a local clock retail shop delivering and setting up grandfather clocks. This soon led to a five year clock repair apprenticeship. He eventually established his own shop, Master Clock Repair in Columbus, Ohio in 1994. Once on his own his hunger to expand his clock repair horizons prompted him to become more and more active with AWCI and its Ohio affiliate, WAO. Through these organizations he began to attend every available clock class. This led to becoming a Certified Clockmaker in 2001. From 2004 to 2011 he served on AWCI’s Education Committee where he helped write the first ever Standards and Practices document for clockmakers, helped rewrite the certification exam and trained to become an assessor for the exam. He achieved CC21 status in 2010. He has also served on the AWCI Board of Directors, Affiliate Chapter Chairman, Honors and Awards Chairman, the Board of Clock Examiners and has been President of WAO for four terms. During his career he has repaired over 40,000 clocks, has often taught classes for both AWCI and WAO and is a published author of over 15 articles in the Horological Times. He has an extensive web site at masterclockrepair.com.
Come to AWCI in our well-equipped machine shop and join David Lindow for this practical, hands on class where gearing and gear cutting will be practiced. Not only will the student learn the basic set ups involved cutting horological gears but multiple approaches to tooling will be explored as well as theory from a practical standpoint. The student will learn about wheel and pinion engagements and gain a fuller understanding of horological gearing in general. While the focus of the class will be on making gears and pinions the skills taught will transfer to general repair and improve the success rate of anyone that repairs clocks even if they never plan to cut gears in their shop.
Join AWCI and Kenneth DeLucca for this great upcoming webinar.
The purpose of this webinar is to discuss the parts that make up the strike train of a clock movement. It builds off of the webinar, A Clock Movement-Time Train Side: Pieces & Parts! The instructor will examine each part and describe the function of the part and how it is used in the clock. Additionally, the common term or name used to describe the part will be presented. Potential areas for problems will also be introduced in the presentation.
Free for AWCI members
$15 for general audiance
Learn how mechanical clocks work while assembling your very own clock.
Your introduction to clockmaking begins with a tour of the Cincinnati Observatory and a short lecture about timekeepings relationship to astronomy. Then you will sit down at a clockmakers bench and the experienced clockmakers at the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Instititue will show you how to assemble your own clock. You will learn about all the different parts of the clock, what they do, and how they do it, as you assemlbe the clock movement and then install the dial and hands. You will make adjustments to regulate the clock and then take it home to proudly display on the mantel.
No prior experience is necessary.
Where Else Can You Meet With So Many Watchmakers & Clockmakers at Once?
Only at the AWCI Convention/Educational Symposium in Denver, August 3-4, 2012!
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$349* – Two 8’ tables for two half days including internet and electric, (plus your convention registration fee and hotel cost)
What is the Vendor Fair Schedule?
Friday, August 3rd, 1:30 pm- 5:30 p.m
Saturday, August 4th, 8:30 am to 12:30 p.m
What Does My Vendor Space Include?
• Free editorial to showcase your products and services prior to the event in the Horological Times July issue and on www.awci.com. Editorial information needed by 6/22/12.
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