Bushings and Pivots WS-321

Bushings and Pivots WS-321
In this course we will learn to restore pivots and bearings by several different methods. The bushing machine is only one of several ways to bush a clock and is often unsuited to the task. A bushing machine also requires a skilled and knowledgeable operator achieve proper results. In addition to using the bushing machine, we will focus on alternate methods to bush a clock that achieve both greater accuracy and speed. Just as with bushings, there are several ways to restore and polish pivots. We will explore various methods and learn the difference between a properly polished pivot and one that is merely shinny. We also will learn to replace broken or severely worn pivots. The student must supply a previously cleaned clock movement which, hopefully, needs pivot and bearing repairs. An American style shelf clock movement, such as a Seth Thomas #89, is preferred.

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:

  • Bush a clock using the bushing machine
  • Bush a clock using the milling machine
  • Bush a clock using custom made reamers
  • Repair worn pivots to prepare them for polishing
  • Polish pivots using burnisher
  • Polish pivots using a abrasives or stones
  •  Re-pivot an arbor with a broken pivot

Instructor: Al Dodson


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

Workshop Fee:
NAWCC Member

$385 Early Bird (before 06/15/2018)
$445 Regular

Non Member

$425 Early Bird (before 06/15/2018)
$485 Regular

Lab Fee: $25.00 (is included in the price of the workshop).

7/15/2018 - 7/16/2018
514 Poplar St. Columbia, PA 17512 UNITED STATES
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