Why come here

Fully serviced E N Welch time and strike movement

This blog is intended for those who have an interest in horology and more specifically, antique and vintage mechanical clocks. Recently I have begun to dabble in electric horology.

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.

Did you recently inherit your grandmother’s mantel clock? An interesting vintage or antique clock caught your eye at a flea market and you want to know more about it? Do you have a general interest in all things vintage antique, especially old clocks? Perhaps this is the place for you.

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 will find something of interest 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, my experiences shopping for clocks, perspectives on the history of antique clocks, my internet finds and of course I profile my growing collection. Since I live in Canada the focus is on clocks made or sold in North America though if you browse my collection clocks from other parts of the world are also 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.

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. There are times in the year when I am travelling that there may be a slight delay responding to you. For those comments and questions that stump even me, I consult within my clock circle for the best possible answer.

Contact me at ronjoiner@gmail.com