Because of advanced age (94) and health problems, this will be the last written text that I will be offering to the Horological group. I have tried to include information that will make work in the shop more productive.
The book is 8½ by 11 with a spiral binding, 91 pages, with 186 photographs and drawings. The chapters cover refinishing rusted steel screws, making a Jacot tool for refinishing clock pivots on the watchmaker’s, Sherline and Myford lathes, lathe tools for holding small screws while shortening them, doming the ends and polishing, pallet warmers and how to build one of my design and using the Albrecht chuck to replace the use of collets. Also, for the curious, the disassembling, cleaning, oiling and reassembling a pocket watch without harm to the parts. Removing the spindle key from a lathe to achieve better centering of the part when mounted is shown. The 22 function quartz analyzer I designed is included, as I have many requests for the information, even though it has previously been published in other Horological literature. There is a chapter on the tools others have made which I found interesting and l’ve included some of the things I have made, letting the reader see some of my past ventures.
A DVD clarifying the adjustment of a recoil escapement lecture by Dr. David Goodman is given as a gift with the book. He built an oversize model of the escapement in order to better understand how to adjust it. The literature that was available was confusing and in some cases conflicting. The presentation uses the escapement model to illustrate the process. He asked me to share the information by duplicating the VHS tape he gave me many years before his death. I feel the information is so valuable and so well presented, I am giving the free DVD with the book. The book is copyrighted but the DVD is not, so feel free to share the DVD with your clockmaking community.
Many have helped me in this effort due to my poor sight, my loss of depth perception and typing skills. I sincerely appreciate all who have contributed their time and patience in helping me get my thoughts on paper.