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Things to learn from brass clock makers
« on: September 08, 2005, 07:11:26 PM »
The most valuable source for information on clock making comes from those who build brass movements.  Aside from the material we use, just about every other aspect of our obsession is the same.  Two gentlemen who have helped me immensely are Bill Smith and John Wilding.  They have both fogotten more about clock making than I will ever know.  Their books are  EXCELLENT You can find them on the internet at


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first clock book?
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2005, 01:16:19 PM »
Looking at all their titles caused me the same paralysis the first time I discovered their books... where does one who has never made a clock start, especially if they know they want to head towards wooden clocks?

Should I start by building a brass clock just to learn some basic clock making skills/techniques, or jump straight into wood?

Which design is best adapted to wood? Clearly Bill Smith's grasshopper clock is the closest to what JR has built (two of). But never having read any of Bill's books, is each one a "beginner's guide"? Or do they presume you've built other clocks and are just plans for a particular clock?

Or do I need to get Bill's two workshop techniques books plus the grasshopper book?

Guidance appreciated.