Why come here


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This blog is intended for those who have an interest in horology and more specifically, antique and vintage mechanical clocks.

In horology, time is studied scientifically, just as a geologist studies the earth and a biologist studies life. Horology is very practical since it involves the design and construction of clocks, watches, and other devices for measuring time. Someone who studies horology is a horologist.

Do you have a general interest in all things vintage antique, especially old clocks? If you recently inherited your grandmother’s mantel clock or acquired an interesting vintage or antique clock and you want to know more about it, you have come to the right place.

If you are not afraid to get your hands dirty and you relish the challenge of working on antique or vintage clock movements or want to make simple repairs to an old case/cabinet, you might find what you are looking for in this blog.

Sessions electric table clock

I write 7-9 articles per month, on average every 4 days, on everything from specific clock repairs, experiences shopping for clocks, perspectives on the history of antique clocks, internet finds and of course I profile my growing collection. I live in Canada, so naturally, there will be a focus on clocks made or sold in North America though if you browse my collection, clocks from other parts of the world are included.

I am a self-taught horologist and over the last 10 years I have gained knowledge and experience working on a wide variety of old clocks. Cabinet or case restoration is also an interest. I do not operate a clockmaking business and I am not in the commerce of selling clocks though I will sell the odd clock locally to thin my collection.

If you regularly use a lathe to cut gear teeth, re-pivot arbours, bush mainspring barrels on a weekly basis, fashion new wheels from raw stock or make advanced repairs on complicated movements and cases, this is probably not the place for you but you are welcome to browse my articles and if you have a comment or suggestion, please let me know.

My work area, 2019
Elements of a clock dial

Write to me about your specific clock question. I may have the answer you are looking for. Whether you are a novice clock collector or are a little deeper into horology, I will answer all emails. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circle for the best possible answer.

There are times in the year when I am travelling that there may be a slight delay responding to you.

Contact me at ronjoiner@gmail.com