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oldhippy last won the day on November 17

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About oldhippy

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  • Birthday 08/27/1954

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    Mid - Devon
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    Genealogy, History, Austria, Chess, Philately Queen Victoria and Austria. Music Pink Floyd,Captain Beefheart,Neil Young and many more. Favorite clock antique Longcase Clocks and antique French Carriage Clocks. Worse clock and watch anything with a battery.

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  1. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  2. 3 hours plus of sheer enjoyment. Try and make it a whole day.
  3. Thank you Mark. I love this site and helping out. It keeps me sane.
  4. Looks good. How long have you got in teaching this?
  5. Are you sure the pivots are OK on the escape wheel. If you just have the wheel between there plates and screwed down, does the wheel run true?
  6. My master taught me by demonstration, sitting down next to him; he would explain what he was going to do. From teaching me how to sharpen the gravers, how to cut, what types of gravers to use and why, types of metal. For me that is how I learned. You learn by your mistakes and I had plenty of those. The type of lathe is very important. You have to know the lathe; I had a foot control which helped a lot. I started by cutting a very large balance staff, working down to a Pocket Watch size and finely to a small cal Ladies watch. It was a Lathe made by Boley. Don’t forget back in the early 70’s we didn’t have computers to help you out with the measurements you had to know the math. Pocket calculators were only just coming on the market. I do sound out of date. I wish you luck. I know teaching a class is different to what I have added. This might help in some way. I used to teach IT many years ago to uninterested didn’t want to work students, at least you will be in front people willing to learn and will find the subject interesting.
  7. Did you remove the end stones if any? If so have you put them back in the right order. I would like to see some photos as I can't remember much about this cal movement, both side of the plates please.
  8. Most members on here use Moebius watch oil. Here is a link to their chart. Follow that and you can't go wrong. https://blog.esslinger.com/moebius-oil-charts/
  9. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  10. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  11. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum.
  12. Lovely photos and very nice work. When you are gifted with skill and you have the right tools and plenty of old stock, it makes life easier.
  13. Thank's Mark for the reply and nice photo. That's a new one on me I'll look that one up. Is it the Light Duty Lathe Optimum TU2004V 240v Variable Speed?
  14. For starters you will need a clock mainspring winder to remove the three springs. The chiming spring will be very powerful so you need to take care. The tool will not be cheap, I see second hand ones on ebay and they fetch over £100, there are youtube videos that show how to make your own, I don't know how good they are. I can talk you through in a complete repair, but you need to send good clear photos so I know what the movement is like.
  15. Thank you for your introduction and welcome to this friendly forum. You have some very bad weather around parts of Yorkshire. Hope its not to bad around you.
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