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Introduction To Clocks WS-109

Introduction To Clocks WS-109
Introduction to Clocks (4 Days) This course will introduce students to the fundamental knowledge, skills and practices needed to become successful Horologists. An emphasis is placed on quality work and professionalism. In addition, students will experience the benefit of intimate contact with the NAWCC Museum and Library. The professional clockmaker is both a trained, conscientious craftsman and a knowledgeable, capable steward of our horological heritage. The NAWCC School of Horology is dedicated to preparing students who are respected for their craftsmanship and to become leaders of the horological community. We will began our study by working with a typical American 8 day time and strike movement similar to those found in kitchen clocks, black mantel clocks and humpback clocks. THE STUDENT IS RESPONCABLE FOR SUPPLYING A SUITABLE MOVEMENT OR COMPLETE CLOCK FOR THIS CLASS. Suggested movements are those made by Seth Thomas, Sessions, Gilbert, New Haven, or Waterbury.

Please contact the instructor, Al Dodson with any questions at adodson@nawcc.org . All necessary tools are provided.


Upon completing the course the student should be able to:

  • Name and identify the parts of a clock 
  • Document the condition of the clock before it is disassembled
  • Remove the movement from its case and completely disassemble it.
  • Identify needed repairs
  • Safely service both open mainsprings and those in barrels
  • Assemble and synchronize the movement.
  • Adjust both countwheel and rack and snail strike trains for correct striking
  • Calculate the number of teeth for missing wheels and pinions 
  • Calculate pendulum lengths and frequency


Please contact Education at education@nawcc.org or (717) 684-8261 ext. 237 with any questions.

Workshop Fee:
NAWCC Member

$760 Early Bird (before 10/12/2018)
$820 Regular

Non Member

$810 Early Bird (before 10/12/2018)
$865 Regular

Lab Fee: $30.00 (included in the price of the workshop).

11/12/2018 - 11/16/2018
514 Poplar St. Columbia, PA 17512 UNITED STATES
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