Behind the case of every clock is science at work; simple, complex and artful. I can’t imagine the genius of the early pioneers of horology that incrementally perfected this technology.
As a clock enthusiast, it’s important to have a fundamental understanding of how a clock works. You don’t need to have the deep knowledge of a clockmaker, but know enough to be inspired and enthusiastic to appreciate your treasure…and possibly tackle the smaller preservation and repair work.
I created a new reference to help: How it Works: A Weight Driven Wall Clock.
This is a surface level survey only…but should serve to provide that needed quick reference for a beginner or seasoned clockmaker.
We’ll keep creating new ones in the near future covering different aspects of horology and antiques; to include one on Spring Driven Clocks and a closer look at clock mechanisms.
Check out other great references posted in the References page.
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Special thanks and credit go to Steve Nelson, of SNClocks, Mike Bowers, of Bowers Watch and Clock Repair, and Darryn Clark, of Timemenders, for their contributions and professional advise in getting this completed.