Port Dover's iconic clock tower now telling time
Undaunted, he returned the next day to look more closely at the pendulum drive mechanism. Once removed, it was obvious that a crucial pin was missing, and after making further repairs and adjustments, he began to stack the 50 lb plates back onto the ...
May 20, 2015
Pendulum clock chimes at wrong times
Q: My husband and I purchased a beautiful Howard Miller pendulum wall clock in 1994. It worked well until a few months ago, when it began adding two chimes, one at five minutes before the hour and one at 25 minutes after the hour. It continues to chime ...
February 27, 2013
Always on the clock: Amherst clock maker Hermle keeps ticking
The façade of the clock is made with brass or nickel-plated brass and its case is framed with Doric columns and filled with chimes and a finely crafted pendulum. What the clock is to man is what the compass is to a sailor: a way of measuring not the ...
April 19, 2015
Massive gift keeps nation's last clock school ticking
And clocks. More than 400 from all around the world. Cuckoos. Hundred day clocks. Grandfather clocks. Nautical clocks. Regulator clocks. Wall clocks. Mantel clocks. Alarm clocks. Some worked and others didn't. The collection represented numerous styles ...
February 27, 2015
Clocks' many duties stand the test of time
Austrian open well wall clock in Steve Overstreet's clock collection. (March 3, 2015) | Mike Hutmacher The Wichita Eagle. It whirs, strikes, tick-tocks and chimes all around you. The top of the Examples can be found from any decade from 1820 on up ...
March 6, 2015
Big challenges in Martinsville
The traditional Martinsville grandfather clock stands taller than any driver and chimes nearly as loud as the 750-horsepower engine they used to get it. You only need to reflect on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s reaction to finally winning the race last fall to ...
March 28, 2015
Clock maker winding down
Grandfather clocks, wall clocks and mantle clocks become heirlooms in some families. People get attached to The basic mechanical clock mechanism involves a power source (spring or gravity-driven weight), gears, an escapement (to create accuracy), a ...
February 10, 2015
Time is no longer standing still in Port Dover’s iconic clock tower. Richard Dupp climbed the ladders to the tower last Monday, May 11 and had the clock ticking by Tuesday, May 12. He has been making fine tunings since and Richard still has more work to do. Many in the community are celebrating the operation of the... Richard, who played Igor in the Lighthouse Festival Theatre’s 2015 community production of “Young Frankenstein”, told the Maple Leaf he started thinking about the clock during rehearsals for the play. Every time he looked up, the time was the same, 4:15. Richard, who turned 60 on Sunday, May 10, decided “my first priority would be the clock,” he told the Maple Leaf. During an initial visit with Derek to the tower, Richard swung the pendulum to see what would happen. The pendulum is kept in motion by a series of gear trains powered by 350 pounds of weight (seven 50 pound plates) that slowly travel down a 30 foot long chute at the Main and Market corner of the tower. Once repaired, he impelled the six foot long pendulum and it marked time for two hours before once again grinding to a halt.
Q: My husband and I purchased a beautiful Howard Miller pendulum wall clock in 1994. It worked well until a few months ago, when it began adding two chimes, one at five minutes before the hour and one at 25 minutes after the hour. A: Howard Miller has authorized two shops in the area to service its clocks. They are Gold N Time in Stafford (540-720-3366. clock_doc_2000@yahoo. Pendulum clocks need to be cleaned, lubricated and adjusted periodically, and if your clock has gone nearly 20 years without servicing, it’s long overdue, said Vic McCoy, owner of Gold N Time, and Frank Palasciano, owner of Eastern Standard Time. Both horologists (the term for clock experts) make house calls for $125, or a little more if a home is far away. They both recommend in-home servicing of grandfather clocks because disassembling and moving them is difficult and risky. For wall clocks, customers usually bring the pieces to their shops for free repair estimates. McCoy said servicing a three-arbor wall clock, the type that chimes at quarter-hours, typically costs $106 at his shop. Cleaning and oiling a one-arbor model, which just marks time, usually costs $72, and working on a two-arbor wall clock, with what he calls a “bim-bam” to signal the time, is usually $96. If parts are broken or so worn that they need to be...
Our clock within and our clock without will soon be ticking away the final hours of 2014. As the year began 365 days ago, we felt a surge of hope for Israel and the world. As one writer put it, “when you are backed up against the wall, constant itching and scratching, you have only one choice but to act. With all that has been written about innovative timepieces this year, what many miss is the old grandfather clock. Its chimes rhythmically marked the hours of the day. You watched closely, fascinated, as the long pendulum swung to and fro never out of range of its limited arc. Most important, the clock kept perfect time. The challenge, which is ours alone, is to channel our varied feelings so that we can gently and gracefully swing through each day in the year ahead. At the beginning of the year, our faith reminds us that the Torah has two paths: one, fire, one ice. For Israelis, one of the ways in which we measure the calmness leading to achievement is through the Israel Prize award. On Israel Independence Day, I watched the presentation to the Israel Prize laureates. Exhilaration was the mood which overcame me. I recalled Professor Friedman, 52 years ago, teaching a class in the essentials of Rashi’s commentary on.