Exciting News at the British Horological Institute.

There are new developments in the world of clocks. This is the result of an influx of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Derelict buildings are to be converted to work shops and training facilities at Upton Hall, near Newark, the headquarters of the B.H.I.

This funding will enable staff and students to be trained to a high standard, and ensure that there will be sufficient people who have the necessary ability to do this work.

This funding will promote the skills to repair clocks and watches.

There is currently a dearth of skilled people to do this work.

The government is now concerned about the loss of these skills.

It is difficult to find someone who can do this work in clock and watch repairs.

There is general concern about the loss of those skilled in this area.

If you have a watch or clock you may be unable to find someone to repair or service your clock or time piece.

K.B. Clocks’ experience is that we are inundated with clocks waiting for repairs.

Horology is the study of all kinds of engineering, engineers are rare birds!

We need them in our complex world!

The measurement of time is crucial to us all.  We need to foster and cherish it.

Carol.and Ken Baker.

K.B. Clocks. 31/01/16.

New Project for 2016.

We are looking into making new clocks and cases, together with a local jeweller.       These will be unique and different.

Watch the blog for further details.

Greetings to all our customers for the new year.

Carol and Ken Baker.

 

Mechanical Swan at the Bowes Museum.

Carol and Ken went to the Bowes Museum to see the renovation of this automoton. It had recently been restored by Matthew Read, tutor at West Dean College.The audience was amazed and applauded at the end of the performance.                                                           If you are interested in automota, visit the Bowes and see the swan perform.swan-side-view

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A Special Grandfather Clock.

 

At K.B.  Clocks we see many clocks, some modern and some new. We never know what will come through the door. It could be a quartz clock, a mantel clock, or something more unusual.

Recently we went to move a grandfather clock to a new home.  Setting up a grandfather 20141020_112729clock in a new environment should be done by a professional horologist. Older clocks can be more difficult and quirky; they have the right to be cantankerous from time to time, due to their age and venerability.

This clock was very unusual, it had a mahogany case and two beautifully carved rosettes on the hood. The case was in very good condition and was made of flame mahogany, a rare and unusual wood. Light shining on the wood revealed patterns of flames, hence flame mahogany.

This clock was working and in good mechanical condition, we set it up in its new home and secured it to the wall, as all grandfather clocks should be; it was set up and worked well.

The owner told us that the clock had been in the family for a long time but had n20141020_112935o information about the clock or its history.

I tried to find details about the clock and the maker on the web but could not find any information.

We did some research about the clock maker and found an article about him in a specialist clock magazine. We sent the article to the owner and they found it very helpful.

The flames can be seen clearly on the base.

Mahogany is now a rare wood, protected by law.

Another Large Grandfather Clock.

We are currently renovating a very large grandfather clock, which is taking up a lot of room in the workshop.

It was found in an office by the current custodian’s father. The person using the office had no idea where it came from or any information about its history. The case is, generally in good condition. There are parts of the moulding missing, but the main problem is that the feet and the base need to see a chiropodist and have a pedicure. This is being done at the moment and will make the clock feel more comfortable.

Generally the case is in good condition, it is veneered in a nice hardwood.

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Clock base before restoration

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Clock with new base, waiting for new legs to be fitted.

We are also servicing the mechanism, which is in reasonable repair. We are keeping the owner up to date with the work, he is pleased with the progress, we showed him the pictures of the  work being done. We always keep a record of major restoration  work in progress for ourselves and the customer.

Amazing Tall Clock.

My guardians went on holiday to Norfolk. They went to Fellbrigg Hall, owned by the National Trust, there were several interesting clocks but one stood out. The picture shows a huge Grandfather clock made from the timber of one tree, grown on the estate and made by estate craftsmen.  The clock was approximately 9 feet tall, (2 meters 743 millimeters).

This was a very beautiful clock. See the photo and visit the clock.20140624_141955