Copyright 2010 NAWCC San Jacinto Chapter 139
Tech Sessions of January through March 2019
Tech Sessions of April through June 2019
Ken Arnold showed everyone how to disassemble a kitchen clock movement for servicing and Bob Holkan brought in his results of dial restoration and gave attendees the steps on how it was reproduced. View the gallery below to get more information on what and how it was presented.
Val Link gave a demonstration of how to solder watch cases and other items when using acetylene and silver solder.
Bill Hardy told us about his adventures on 3D printing with examples and suggested some references.
Drew brought in some wire bending tools he uses to tweak clock parts. Some pendulums can also be tweaked with it.
Drew Lundgren's presentation on reverse glass painting titled "Reverse Painting A Tablet For The Beginner Or Saving An Old Clock" was well received by all. He brought in several examples of the steps he uses which made it seem straight forward and easy to understand. We all know it takes a little practice but Drew's suggestions should make the process quite a bit easier to perform. Great job!
Desmond Rolf also brought in a wood movement he is converting from short drop to long or vise versa (I forgot what conversion he wanted), I don't rmemeber which. He raised the question of what would result in swapping escape wheels to alter tooth count to accomodate the pendulum switch. A consensus of what wheel to use was made for him to try.
Andy Staten presented an interesting talk on that big ugly iron framed clock.
Desmond showed reverse painted glass and instruction on how it was done. He also showed how to use case moulding for securing glass.
Stephen Egloff brought in a watch key box that was extremely well made, dovetails and all.
There are a few wrist watches shown below that will be in the All Texas Chapters Regional Silent Auction.
John Trego gave a demonstration on reversible repairs for French and German escapement and pendulum crutches. He explained various applications of thread-locker and discussed their different types.
Tech Sessions of July through September 2019
Tech Sessions of October through December 2019
Shaun Clarke who has been an Officer (VP twice), Director, presenter and instructor, will be leaving us in August, as you were previously informed, to persue his career in Brisbane, Australia. That is just a mere two days flight from Houston. He and his wife Katrina (remember the clock and watch cakes that were auctioned off at the All Texes Chapters Regionals?) have been 100% supporters of Chapter 139 in both actions and word and we thank them. In so doing, the Chapter will be sponsoring a going away catered early afternoon luncheon at Edward and Marnie's home on Saturday the 20th of July.
Mike Fell who has recently joined the association gave a presentation on a watch that originated from California and found its way into Texas history, something new owner was not aware even though he has lived in the state for over 55 years.Mike Fell. According to Mike, the Thurber Mining company and mercantile store in Thurber, Tx and how the owners ran (controlled employees) the town. The company was a huge coal mining operation that began around 1873 and fiercely fought against labor organizing. They were also famous for brick manufacturing too. They fought to isolate the population from outside influence especially organized labor until petroleum defeated the coal business. The watch that peaked Mike's curiosity about the town is a private label South Bend 16s 15j cased movement that has the inscription T.P.M & Co. and is believed to have been sold in the store at that time. Thurber lasted about 40 years and then became a ghost town.
Members were notified that Chappell Jordan Clock Galleries will not be going out of the picture just yet. We were informed that a long time employee, who served as a clock repairer, has decided to continue the tradition and purchase the operation including its name. It will be located somewhere on Sheppard St.
Lastly, the San Jacinto Chapter 139 charter was brought to the Tech Session site for safe keeping.
Bill Eiland brought in several items he obtained at an auction, some of which were a Horolovar ticket clock, black face clock, Holland clock pic, E. Howard clock dial printer plate, etc.
Ken Arnold showed a British Jerome clock to the group.
Ken Arnold shared an early French pinwheel escapement movement that was modified (encased in a case) to prevent dust from entering the movement. He purchased Plexiglas and attached it to the movement with Velcro. Holes were drilled in the front piece for the hand and winding shaft.
Secretary Notes: Geoff announced his resignation due to move out of state Chattanooga Tn.
Bill Hardy voted in as treasurer. Steve 1st, Ken 2nd, Nita 3rd.
Gene Bruce offered to assist Bill and Darrah on doing web work.
Announced Hubby yard sale
10-26-19 Statue refinishing class
LA regional feedback- not sure it will survive
Show and Tell: Tim shared example of electro polishing to the group; Bill Zukley showed a belt driven drill and Atmos clock; Anne Jurescke shared post cards and brochures of mid evil clocks obtained during vacation; John Katz showed his restoration of an Ingraham kitchen clock that he bought at the regional; and Andy Stanton shared a flat top clock that he got in parts from various tables at the One Day show.
Gordon Shahin ran the session due to Ken Arnold's absence.
A few items from Secretary Notes: New member Kurt Keelan was introduced.
The Christmas party will be Saturday, 8 December, 2019 at 2 pm at Bob H.’s home. There will be a white elephant exchange; horologically related gifts with an upper limit of $25.
Drew Lundgren’s Advanced Clock Repair class was discussed and the Basic Clock Repair class for six people at TurnKey Coatings was scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 30 November and 1 December 2019.
It was noted that the chapter membership list has not been updated and that folks must provide Darrah with new information.
Ben F. showed a Reagan memorial quartz PW; and cautioned against using solvents on plastic domes.
Desmond showed his skeleton clock project and described the effort that went into making the octagonal pendulum.
Darrah showed and spoke about purchasing and servicing an Illinois PW. As usual, an excellent, but simple piece to work up.
Review of handout on how to Make Your Own Hand Tools.
Gordon then did a demonstration of how to “bronze” a statue. This was a quick summary of the Statue Bronzing class.
Tim Glanzman gave members a treat and let members hold the Tech Session in the cafeteria since many employees were off work during the holidays. Check out the photos of the Tech room when not in session. Oh those poor furniture mover employees. Tell them we really appreciate it.
Gordon Shahin gave a very nice presentation on precision dimension blocks that often accompany highly precise measuring instruments.