Restoration and Repair
Press releases by Guild of Metalsmiths member, Pete Stanaitis
I see (below) that Susan has recently won 3 awards from the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors!
Susan is also a member of the Guild of Metalsmiths, a Minnesota based blacksmithing organization.
We were lucky enough to be
able to see her Tulip Clock in operation at our annual conference last September.
So I was pleased to see this NAWCC
November/December 2014 article.
Susan has been a great resource to our club freely giving technical advice as well as being a willing worker in several areas.
'Way to go, Susan!
Now I see that the Spring, 2015 "Newsletter of the Horological Tool Chapter of the NAWCC" contains an in-depth article about
Susan's Tulip Clock:
PDF Version of Susan's Tulip Clock Article
Inspiration and design begins November 2009
First experiments with the flowers
Two multiple tooth profiled wheel cutters and their form tools, module .9 and 1.0.
These were used to cut 1st, 2nd and 3rd wheels along with the hour wheel and its idler.
Cutting wheel teeth
Crown wheel fabrication
Cutting crown wheel with a fly cutter
Wheel Train complete
Layout of escape pallets
Forging and assembling clock frame
January 2010 components completed
April 2014 work begins again
Arbors and lantern pinions fabricated
Wheels and pinions staked to arbors
First assembly of wheel train between plates
Depthing of crown wheel and testing escape pallet bridges
First test run
Work on flowers gets refined
Overall design evolves
Welding flowers to frame
Pickeling before patina
Layout and cutting of hands
Clock complete June 2014
* Time only wheel train with hour and minute hands
* One week running with eight pound weight
* Crown wheel and verge escape with front mounted pendulum running at aproximately 5022 beats per hour
* Wheels of clockmakers brass cut using hand-made multiple tooth profiled cutters and sealed with a lacquer finish
* Crown wheel cut using a formed high speed steel fly cutter
* Arbors of W-1 drill rod, lantern pinions of brass end caps and music wire trundles
* Plates of mild steel with brass bushings
* Skeletin movement of forged mild steel
* Frame work embelished with mild steel tulip flowers that were formed with hammer and stakes using French repousse techniques
* Adjustable "bulb" feet made from black pipe formed with hammer and anvil
* Decorative elements attached using gas welding
* Patina created using heat, chemical treatments, and brass brushing then sealed with a lacquer finish
My Minneapolis, Minnesota phone number:
Restoration and Repair