Clocks' many duties stand the test of time
Austrian open well wall clock in Steve Overstreet's clock collection. (March 3, 2015) | Mike Hutmacher “We have digital grandfather clocks that use media cards and have digital sounds from music boxes,” such as a recording of the sound of the bells ...
March 6, 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
The right flooring for a coastal getaway
The house, which we use on weekends and holidays, came with light beige wall-to-wall carpeting. After lots of guests and two dogs, it's now When you say you've adjusted the pendulum “to the max,” are you certain you have turned the adjustment nut ...
August 13, 2014
There's always room to play at work
WHAT IT IS: A clock with a shell and leaf overlay on the arched bonnet, polished brass pendulum, chain-driven Westminster Kieninger chime movement with chime silence option, and in a golden oak finish. GET IT: $1,787.80, Grandfatherclockco.com....
August 13, 2014
CES 2015: Why The Big New Trend In Tech Might Be... Not Using It Anymore
figure out how - instead of losing weight - how to gain space in your brain.” And if that idea exists, it's probably here at CES, nestled between a fifty-foot-high wall of speakers, four hundred smartwatches and a hundred thousand blinking ...
January 6, 2015
The Attraction for Nautical Folklore in Watch Design
Traditional, often clunky, clocks on ships during the early years of European expeditions used weighted chains to provide the power, and swinging pendulums to provide accuracy. These were both nearly nullified by a rocking ship. The chronometer, on the ...
March 27, 2014
These clocks go silent to mark time change
Wall clocks, floor clocks, grandfather clocks, balcony clocks, shelf clocks, clocks made of alabaster, bracket clocks, Gothic clocks, Second Baroque, Biedermeyer style, open-well, categories and sub-categories — Paddock can identify each one ...
November 1, 2013
The house, which we use on weekends and holidays, came with light beige wall-to-wall carpeting. I’ve gone to flooring stores, but get overwhelmed by the choices: laminate (good for our dogs but bad for resale. wood (so many different kinds and price points, bad for dogs, not good for areas near a beach. What is the best flooring for this near-the-beach house. You might want to focus on the types of vinyl that manufacturers market as “luxury vinyl. ” Available as planks, tiles and sometimes sheets, it comes in styles that mimic hardwood, stone or ceramic tile. The designs are high-definition photographs of actual wood, stone or ceramic tiles, so the resemblance is very close. Installing vinyl that looks like pricey tropical hardwood flooring could seem a little odd in an informal, simple house. Many of the designs that look like stone or ceramic tile look less pretentious. If you don’t like the idea of vinyl or can’t find a style you like, other good options include bamboo, which is harder than most hardwoods, and stone or ceramic tile, provided you choose a style that’s slip-resistant and rated for use as flooring. Instead of spending several weekends looking through samples at home centers or flooring.
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For 11 weird hours, Paddock will go without the ambient drone of the classic machinery that has provided a soothing soundtrack to his life since he was a teenager. Today, Paddock and partner Terry Tubaugh share their immaculate gated home with 58 timepieces in a veritable museum of history and craftsmanship. Unwilling to risk damaging their fragile movements by cranking the hands back an hour, Paddock will turn them off for nearly half a day and wait for time to catch up. When the house goes quiet for that long, Paddock says, one word applies — "odd. “Well, they're like having elderly children in your home,” he says of the eclectic clocks, some of which have been marking time since the mid-19th century. They don't like humidity change. Far from being inanimate objects, these clocks move, they chime, Westminster tunes and more. Wall clocks, floor clocks, grandfather clocks, balcony clocks, shelf clocks, clocks made of alabaster, bracket clocks, Gothic clocks, Second Baroque, Biedermeyer style, open-well, categories and sub-categories — Paddock can identify each one... In fact, there's even a Grand Sonnerie, a "blind-man's clock", that dings different tones each quarter hour to notify the blind. They can be as delicate as the filagreed leaves etched into their brass pendulums, and as tough and durable as their walnut and mahogany cabinet housings. Paddock sets aside 45 minutes on Sunday afternoons, usually after church, when he rewinds each one.