It started with a call out of the blue, delivered in a lovely Welsh lilt from a village near Carmarthen, west of Swansea. Two weeks later, over half a century of family history had been restored. And some Bakelite was gleaming on the Welsh dresser. * “I’ve got an old clock that doesn’t work. HowContinue reading “Bakelite – and a perfect Wyn-win encounter”
Behind a painted dial what horrors await? And should I fix them? A nation turns its lonely eyes to me on the Robinson longcase clock.
Using the technology of the day to monitor workforce behaviour is nothing new. Meet the wonderful Gledhill-Brook Time Recorder clock.
The good people of West Yorkshire had come seeking truth. But history continues to defy reason. And the search for the elusive Neddey Wells of Shepley leaves us with more questions than answers.*Where to start with this story? I fell in love with the simple but beautiful longcase clock the moment I saw it, aContinue reading “A mystery, an enigma and a Yorkshire clock maker”
Patina – a word much loved by antique dealers and hopeful sellers on Ebay. But is it simply just another dirty word for… well, dirt? As regular readers know, I love a good old clock. The dirtier the clock when it arrives on my workbench, the better. It is the pleasure of the challenge, ofContinue reading “A suitable case for treatment? Dishing the dirt on patina.”
A story about one brilliant marketing idea that changed everything for the 400-day clock.
A fox can hear a ticking watch from a distance of 60 feet. But there are more extraordinary facts about foxes that deserve a mention.
Every clock has its own story to tell. This one keeps its mystery, for now. I need the help of some ancestry detectives to reveal it.
Dismantle things and will you ever manage to put them back together again? Face that worrying moment of no return.
Putting a name to a face matters. But who minds if you spell a name incorrectly? Seemingly not precision clockmaker Neddey Wells. Hard to believe.