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About - Clock 5ClockOwner.com is about promoting the amazing experience of clock ownership. It’s about experiencing, learning and valuing mechanical clocks beyond seeing them just as a display, hobby or venture.

We want you to value your clocks and preserve their place in history, culture and into the future.

There is much more than just clock repair, restoration and identification.  We’ll cover that, but the experience should also include: art, history, mystery, sound, presence, conservation, preservation, and significance.

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About Me.

My name is Guillermo. I’m a husband, a father, a mountain biker, a runner and a clock enthusiast.  Unashamed, I’m a master of none of these endeavours, but I’m always working to do better.  I have much ground to cover!About - Family in Athens

I’m not a clockmaker, or pretend to be one.  But I am a high-speed, low drag clock apprentice who is learning with every new clock I have the privilege to experience.  This blog is definitely taking me to the next level.

I became a clock aficionado several years ago during one of my military assignments in the Netherlands. Before that, I was completely ignorant and impervious to the world of clocks. In fact, I thought they were noisy, bad at keeping time, and not worth my time at all.  I was wrong.

Now, I haven’t found a clock I didn’t like.  Every clock, regardless of its simplicity or elegance, is worth my time.  Why?  Because each one is vastly different from the last.  Each one introduces something new – a challenge, a mystery, an experience, a learning opportunity.

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  1. James Macleod February 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm #

    Thank you for your practical website. Some years ago I inherited a nice 1925-30 walnut case grandfather clock with an Embee brass movement. I had it overhauled and the synthetic lubricant now makes it run very quietly. But, the lovely Westminster chime on each quarter hour continues to be noisy. The hammers chatter/vibrate against each other which is annoying. I thought that the worn leather hammer pads should have been replaced to keep the hammers striking accurately and thereby reducing the errant vibration. Is this an incorrect assumption?

    • G.Palos February 20, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

      James, Thanks for the kind feedback.
      On your question: Yes, absolutely, it sounds that the leather (or plastic) pads may have worn or deteriorated down to where metal strikes metal – which will result in an unpleasant strikes (on the chime rods, or tubes). Servicing should have included replacing the leather (easy fix) or replaced the hammers with new leather tipped or plastic tipped hammers. The leather or pre-made hammers can be found on any clock supply site.

      Bottomline, your grandfather clock should provide you and your family continued joy….and the strike and melody is without a doubt the most remembered memory. I encourage you to have the hammers repaired or replaced to protect your treasure.
      Best of luck with this!

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