“Now put it back together!”
In February, Eric Leung presented a Beginner’s Corner in which he demonstrated how to disassemble a Lux-Keebler movement. Of course, as we all know, taking it apart is the easy part – putting it back together and getting it to run properly is the challenge. So our Vice-president, Terry Cunningham, thought it would be fun to put Eric on the spot and have him come back in March with the cleaned parts to reassemble the movement for us.
Eric was more than up to the challenge. He started by showing us how he wound the lightweight mainspring on a piece of wood with a couple of nails in it! (So much for Mssrs. Webster, Baker, et al.) To clamp the wound spring, he used the same kind of “zip” cable tie that he used the previous month.
Then Eric assembled the movement without the verge, checking to see that he had good movement on all the wheels. The camera picked up pretty good close-ups of his work.
After this was done, he installed the verge, tightened the nuts, placed the movement in its can, and attached the face. The pièce de résistance was a small painted bird that moved in front of the dial with the movement of the pendulum. And when it was all done, lo and behold, it worked! Our thanks to Eric and his mother, Pat (who both narrated and translated from sign language), for an interesting presentation.
Bud Saiben provided the Beginner’s Corner. With earthquakes around the world in the news, Bud’s presentation on the best ways to affix a bolt or hook to different types of walls was very timely. Hanging clocks tend to be much more expensive than shelf or mantel clocks, so making sure they stay put is a good investment.
Bud brought a piece of drywall with him to show, front and back, how different pieces of hardware worked. He discussed lath and plaster, plaster over wallboard, and drywall. We saw examples of anchors, expansion bolts, molly bolts and just regular nails. Bud briefly demonstrated the use of a stud finder, too. We appreciate Bud sharing his knowledge with us.
Show and Tell featured the letter “G.” Charlie Davis had four of them, the “big four” of clock repair experts: Goodrich, Gordon, Grossman and Gazely. Books, some quite old, from each of these writers were on display. Charlie also invited everyone to participate in Chapter 81’s “Old Tool Night” on April 5.
Bud Saiben displayed a Junghans “Mini Vienna” clock, and talked about how a clock such as this could be dated in part by the beveled glass it contained.
Dave Weisbart brought three early 16th century woodcuts from the “Triumph of Maximillian” series. The “G” and the horological connections were that each woodcut had a nice depiction of gears, including worm and contrate gears.
Mary Ann Wahlner showed a pair of earrings which were made from what appeared to be watch keys. An audience member recognized the keys as symbols of an engineering fraternity (Tau Beta Pi?).
Finally, Roy Irick displayed a rococo carriage clock which was signed by Le Roy, but had a movement that was possibly made by Paul Garnier.
In other news
Bob Linkenhoker is this year’s Nominating Committee chairman. He is looking for volunteers who want to help Chapter 69 operations in this most important year preceding the 2002 National. If you would like to help, please see Bob at the meeting. Bob will announce his slate of candidates at the May meeting, and will then solicit additional nominations from the members.
The dates for the Del Mar Regional were reported incorrectly at the February meeting and in the Tic Talk Times. The correct dates are September 13-15.
General Meeting Minutes
President Roy Irick called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m. New member Marty Oberacher was introduced and welcomed by the membership. Roy took the “blame” for the fine refreshments. Roy announced that the upcoming board meeting would be at his house. He also reminded everyone about our upcoming Goodtyme Supermart.
Bob Linkhoker addressed the group in his capacity as Chair of the Nominating Committee. He solicited nominations for candidates to fill several directors’ and officers’ positions.
We were reminded to vote in the national election. Mary Ann Wahlner spoke to the group about the importance of voting. She also expressed her opinion that all the proposed changes to the by-laws should be approved.
Bud Saiben introduced Pauline Stepniak, a charter member of the chapter who was visiting for this meeting. He also directed our thoughts to the victims – both human and horological – of the recent Seattle earthquake.
We were advised that the dates previously reported in the Tic Talk Times for the Pac Rim Regional at Del Mar were incorrect. The correct dates are September 13-15, 2001.
Bud presented a Beginner’s Corner talk on ways to mount hooks, screws, and nails securely on several types of walls so that clocks can be properly hung.
Eric Leung, who presented a Beginner’s Corner last month in which he disassembled a Lux-Keebler movement, this month presented a program on reassembling the same movement (after cleaning).
Roy Irick again reminded us about submitting clocks and watches for consideration to be included in the 2002 exhibit.
Show and Tell included Charlie Davis with books from the “big four” of clock repair: Goodrich, Gordon, Grossman and Gazely. He also invited participation in Chapter 81’s upcoming “Old Tool Night.” Bud Saiben showed a Junghans mini-Vienna with beveled glass. Dave Weisbart displayed several early 16th-century woodcuts depicting gears. Mary Ann Wahlner showed some earrings in the shape of pocket watch keys. Roy Irick displayed a carriage clock with a possible Garnier movment.
Door prizes were awared to Bud Saiben, Phyllis Adams, and Eric Leung.
Meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, David Weisbart, Secretary
Directors' Meeting Minutes
President Roy Irick called the meeting to order at 7:50 p.m. In attendance were: officers Bob Linkenhoker and Dave Weisbart; directors Cora Lee Linkenhoker, Ray Marsolek, Mary Ann Wahlner, Julie Stevens, and Ed Athey; and guests Bud and Pat Saiben, Jay McAlister, Patrick Espe and David Jensen.
One addition to the previous month’s minutes was offered: The minutes had failed to report that Pat Saiben had volunteered to be in charge of refreshments at the Goodtyme Supermart in May.
The idea of creating a special directorship for someone to be in charge of the audio-visual equipment was discussed. It was generally agreed that this would be needed as the chapter’s equipment became more sophisticated, and that it would be best if the person in charge did not have a limitation on his or her term of service. Bob agreed to look into the by-laws to see what, if any, changes would be needed. Mary Ann suggested that directors not be elected to specific positions, but that duties could be assigned to the individuals by the board with more flexibility. She said this was how Chapter 75 worked, and that she would obtain a copy of their by-laws pertaining to this subject. Other options for a special, non-director position were also discussed.
It was announced that Greg Graham would provide the live April program. A brief discussion of Beginner’s Corner possibilities ended with Roy’s offer to talk about deceptive clock identifications.
There was a brief discussion of the need for the chapter to purchase a new, higher-resolution video camera, especially for watch presentations. Dave brought up the possibility of renting such a camera for a trial run.
Next month’s meeting will be at the Linkenhokers’. The DiMinos will host in May and Ed Athey in June. Bud and Pat Saiben graciously agreed to host the July meeting/pot luck as they have in past years. It is tentatively scheduled for July 19th, subject to confirmation.
Everyone was reminded that the correct dates for the Del Mar Regional are September 13-15.
Jay McAlister reported on progress in setting up the Goodtyme Supermart. He asked for an advance meeting of the Supermart volunteers before our April 6 General Meeting in the lobby of the Ebell Club at 7:00 p.m. He noted that we will need to pay the City of Tustin 30 days before the mart, and have money ready for the company that’s providing the chairs and tables.
Mary Ann, who is in charge of advance registration for the Supermart, asked about sending acknowledgment by mail. A discussion ensued ending with a motion by Bob that confirmation post cards be sent. Ray seconded the motion and it was approved.
The particulars for event badges were discussed.
There was a brief discussion about upcoming programs.
Roy asked Ray to come up with guidelines on refreshments at the general meetings.
Bob discussed requirements for the upcoming Chapter election, and showed a summary of which offices were open and who was eligible to run. All four officers and three directors will be elected in June. Only one director, Cora Lee, is not eligible to run for another term.
Bob also reported that the next financial statement will be available to the board at the April board meeting.
Pat Espe and David Jensen introduced themselves to the group. They own a watch and clock shop in downtown Laguna Beach.
After Bob moved and Julie seconded a motion to adjourn, the meeting adjourned at 8:50.
Respectfully submitted, David Weisbart, Secretary
South County Meeting Minutes
The South County sub-chapter meeting was held on Sunday, March 11, 2001 at 2 P.M. at the ParaTech Coating building in Aliso Viejo.
Minutes of the February 11, 2001 meeting were approved as circulated as well as the financial report.
Several videos of the British Antiques Roadshow were viewed with an emphasis on watches & clocks. Of particular interest was a small German mantel clock with a glass rod which turned, simulating a waterfall out of a lion’s mouth. A separate spring wound the waterfall mechanism which would run for 2 to 3 hours.
Show and Tell consists of whatever members choose to bring or discuss. Julie Stevens brought her Ansonia mantel clock on which she had made a corner repair after watching the Jim Glidewell program of February. Mike Taylor showed pictures of an English bracket clock case he is making as a repair. This led to a discussion of woodworking tools and a few other “tips”. Mary Ann Wahlner suggested the use of warm vinegar and salt made into a paste to clean brass or copper. Jeffrey Stewart keeps super glue in the refrigerator to keep it from drying up.
The next meeting will be held on April 8, 2001, at ParaTech at 2 P.M. The featured program shall be a NAWCC video on statue repair. 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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