Black Marble Magic
If you’ve ever been vexed by an otherwise beautiful black marble clock that had an unsightly (and depreciating) chip in the marble, the guest speaker at our January meeting, Jim Glidewell, has the solution. In a live presentation that was “broadcast” on the big screen, Jim demonstrated for us how he goes about bringing such a clock back to its original beauty.
He began by showing a diagram of how to prepare the marble to repair a large chunk where, for example, a corner had broken off. His method starts with a wire brush on a Dremel tool. He uses the brush to clean off the surface of the break, making sure no surface dirt remains. He then drills a series of small holes into the break surface. Into these holes small pins (he recommended taper pins) are inserted, their lengths determined by the shape that needs to be filled. These serve to reinforce the epoxy he uses to rebuild the corner.
Devcon is Jim’s epoxy of choice, and after building a little retaining shelf underneath the missing corner using masking tape, Jim builds up a new corner using the Devcon. It should be built a little larger than needed so there is material available when filing the corner to the proper shape.
We all got a good, close look at Jim’s filing and finishing techniques. Once the corner is filed and then sanded with progressively finer emery, the final touches are applied. For black clocks, ebony “Rub-n-Buff” is applied, then buffed with a bristle brush Dremel tool. One of our members also suggested black shoe dye.
Rub-n-Buff comes in a variety of colors if the clock is not black. Jim suggested using a clear epoxy with grout coloring added to patch material like green and white onyx. A gold colored Rub-n-Buff can be used to fill in the recessed flourishes that usually decorate black marble clocks. (Information on Rub-n-Buff is available from its manufacturer, American Art Clay, at 800-374-1600.)
Our sincere thanks to Jim Glidewell for an excellent, highly informative program.
In other news...
2002 convention chairman Bill McNelis took a moment from his busy schedule to fill us in on the latest progress on convention preparation. He noted that several committees are now holding their own meetings, making sure that this will be a very well planned event. He told us that mart tables will go on sale at the New Orleans convention this July, and discussed the participation of other local chapters, notably #56, whose help will be invaluable for the exhibit. The exhibit is tentatively titled, “The California Collections.” Roy Irick asked for photo submissions for exhibit consideration.
Show and Tell featured the letter “E”. Gene Osten brought in a watch from the predecessor of the Elgin Watch Co., National Watch Co., from about 1867. He related some interesting historical facts related to the watch and the company. Jay McAlister brought a pedometer in a watch case, which he recently purchased in Kansas. Roy Irick displayed an Engraved, 8-day boutique clock. Doug Adams showed an interesting early Hamilton electric watch in a solid gold case. We got to take a close look at the movement as he explained that it was a mechanical movement with a coil on the balance wheel. Tiny wires were used to feed electrical impulses to the coil to keep the movement running.
General Meeting Minutes
President Roy Irick started the meeting at 8:00 p.m., and thanked Ray and Alvina Marsolek for providing refreshments. The following guests were welcomed: Ed Bryant, Sharon, Joe Tsentz, Paul Campbell, and Tham Vu.
Mary Ann Wahlner introduced the new members: Dr. John Kaupke, Jim Riley, and Tim Harriman.
Roy publicized the upcoming marts, including the L.A. Regional and the Arizona Sunshine Regional.
Dave Weisbart displayed a wanted poster for the man who allegedly shot two of his fellow employees at the Time Masters watch shop in Torrance. Since this man is a watchmaker, he may be looking for work. [More information can be found at http://www.da-trading.com/findthisguy.htm]
Roy announced the date and location of the directors’ meeting, and reminded everyone to fill out the survey forms that went out with the Tic Talk Times.
Bill McNelis spoke about the ongoing preparations for the 2002 National. He and Roy also discussed requirements and plans for the exhibit. Roy solicited submission of photos to be considered for the exhibit.
Everyone was reminded that the February meeting will be held on the second Friday of the month to avoid conflict with the L.A. Regional.
It was announced that February’s program will be on Royal Bonn clocks.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as published.
Jim Glidewell presented an informative program on repairing black marble clocks.
Terry Cunningham asked for volunteers to do 5-10 minute Beginner’s Corner presentations.
Show and Tell featured Gene Osten with a National Watch Co. pocket watch, Jay McAlister with a pedometer in a watch case, Roy Irick showing a boutique clock, and Doug Adams displaying a Hamilton electric wrist watch.
Door prizes were won by Elsa Glidewell, John Vigilone, Elaine Irick, and Derald Kliem.
Respectfully submitted, David Weisbart, Secretary
Directors' Meeting Minutes
President Roy Irick called the meeting to order at 7:40 p.m. In attendance were: officers Terry Cunningham, Bob Linkenhoker, and Dave Weisbart; directors Doug Adams, Ed Athey, Sally DiMino, Cora Lee Linkenhoker, Ray Marsolek, Julie Stevens, and Mary Ann Wahlner; and guests Marsha Cunningham, Angelo DiMino, Alvina Marsolek, and Bud and Pat Saiben.
After a reading of the minutes by the Secretary, they were approved.
Terry announced he would provide February’s program on Royal Bonn clocks. Ray was tapped to do the Beginner’s Corner on spring lubrication.
Mary Ann reported 3 new members and two renewals in the preceding month. She said that 60 members had not renewed their memberships. This led to a discussion of increasing attendance and ways to get the members who attend the mart for wrist watch trading to stay for the meeting.
Mary Ann also stated that several people who were current members had not picked up their membership cards at a meeting. Methods of getting their cards to them were discussed, and Bud volunteered to staple them into the next issue of the Tic Talk Times.
The California Council of Chapters is sending invitations to all new national members to encourage them to attend local chapter meetings, Mary Ann reported. Their mailing includes a map showing all the state chapters with contact information.
Dave Weisbart discussed preliminary survey results. The number of survey forms received at that point was disappointingly small, and possibly statistically skewed. Nevertheless, some trends were obvious and these were shared. One topic, door prizes, spawned a discussion of just what kind of prizes people would enjoy winning. Doug took all suggestions under consideration.
All were reminded that the next general meeting would be on the second Friday of the month, February 9, so as not to conflict with the L.A. Regional. The next directors’ meeting will be at Doug Adams’ house. The regular Wednesday schedule posed a problem for some members, so Tuesday, February 13 was agreed upon. Mary Ann moved and Ray seconded that directors’ meetings be moved to the Tuesday following the general meeting for the next 6 months. After a brief discussion, the motion passed.
The topic of workshops was discussed. Dave read the survey responses regarding workshops. Several members offered input on workshop topics, locations, number of people, and number of days. In the end, it was agreed that Roy and Terry would work out a series of connected workshop topics that could be taken as a course over several weekends, or a la carte.
Sally noted that she saw better member retention at the meetings with the camera and projector being used. The board discussed the possibility of the chapter buying a new camera, since the ones being used so far have belonged to members and were older units with less advanced technology than was currently available. Dave agreed to explore features and prices of currently available cameras for future consideration by the board.
Bob explained the particulars of insuring the new video equipment against damage or loss while being used for chapter business. Dave moved and Sally seconded that the chapter buy the additional insurance for the projector. After some discussion, the motion passed.
A discussion of the chapter’s operating deficit ensued. Possible remedies, such as raising door admission or annual chapter dues were offered. It was agreed that member input would be important and that this topic would be continued at future meetings.
Bob noted that the December Certificate of Deposit that was supposed to go to the 2002 committee was renewed instead due to slow mail service in December. The CD that matured in January would be transferred instead. Mary Ann moved and Doug seconded a motion that Bob be given discretion to handle the CDs as necessary to maximize our investments and keep our commitments to the 2002 convention. Motion passed.
Bob said that chapter 81 would not be holding a mart this year, and they have asked for a “gentlemen’s agreement” to coordinate with us on alternating mart years. Since this would be the de facto arrangement for the next few years anyway (due to 2002 convention), no one objected.
Bud announced he was relinquishing all responsibility for our own Goodtyme Supermart. He had talked to Tustin about reserving the room and said it was available on May 12. Since a new mart chairperson would be needed, Roy said he would look into it.
Terry suggested that we acquire the newest Ly book on Gilbert clocks. Ray so moved, Mary Ann seconded, and the motion passed. Librarian Ed Athey will be responsible for buying the book at the L.A. Regional.
After extensive discussion, a policy regarding the use of the projector by qualified members for chapter business at venues other than our regular meetings was agreed upon.
Bud reminded everyone that the Bulletin and the Mart will be mailed in the same poly bag every other month. This is a cost saving measure for National.
Motion to adjourn passed at 9:40.
Respectfully submitted, Dave Weisbart, Secretary
South County Meeting Minutes
The South County sub-chapter meeting was held on Sunday, January 14, 2001 at 2 P.M. at the ParaTech Coating building in Aliso Viejo.
Minutes of the December 10, 2000 meeting were approved as circulated as well as the financial report.
A 25 minute video “The Holroyd Family Festival Exhibition” of the display of the first Australian Regional, narrated by Douglas Minty was shown.
Show and Tell consists of whatever members choose to bring or discuss. Member John Meiling collects watch holders. He brought 6 pocket watches purchased from the catalog of S. LaRose for display in his watch holders. These were new Chinese and Japanese quartz and mechanical watches. Jeffrey Stewart had written a letter to CLOCKS magazine regarding an electrical diagram search for a Thomas Mercer chronometer he was having difficulty repairing. His letter and 4 photographs appeared in the December, 2000 issue of the magazine. Jeffrey hopes someone will respond with the information needed. Mary Ann Wahlner brought an eight inch dial octagonal Ansonia lever clock recently purchased at the Ft. Wayne Regional. It had a broken bezel closure which Mike Taylor offered to repair. A discussion of products to remove lacquer was held including the use of methalyne chloride or ammonia.
The next meeting will be held on February 11, 2001. at ParaTech at 2 P.M.. Any NAWCC member is welcome. For information call 949-859-7784. ParaTech may be reached from El Toro Road by going south on Moulton Parkway; right on Glenwood Dr; left on Argonaut to #35.
—Minutes submitted by Mary Ann Wahlner
These were the minutes as published in Chapter 69's official newsletter, the Tic Talk Times.
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