Mr. Penman has done it again with this practical guide to building a time-only weight-driven brass movement. The machining steps for all parts are shown with complete illustrations, specifications and measurements. No detail is left to chance. Many tools and jigs are shown as well as the steps needed to make high-quality fly cutters for cutting the wheel teeth. He also lists where to get the pinion blanks. Of most interest to me is the unique "Penman Escapement" which is detailed in the book described as "a new form of recoil anchor escapement" which is easy to make, adjustable and fool-proof in operation. Needed are a lathe and drill press and typical machine shop hand tools and measuring devices. All measurments are metric so invest in a high-quality inch-metric mic if you don't already have one.
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Making Clocks is a family of books of which this is the first or 'Master;. The master book describes the making of timepiece clocks, jigs and tools that are needed- and it does so around the detailed description of the 'Penman Weight Driven 8-day Movement'. The new escapement is also described as are such incidentals as brackets, dials, and hands. I have called it a 'master' because subsequent books for other timepieces and striking clocks need only contain the details of that specific clock, leaving the task of describing clockmaking to the master book, That makes for a useful series of economical 'How to make' books without skimping on the practical details.About the Author:
Laurie Penman is internationally know as a clock maker, designer and author. He trained as a mechanical engineer and practised in management and design for fifteen years before a temporary disabilty persuaded him to change careers and take up the making of clock parts for repaired in 1971. Since then his involvement in horology has expanded so that now he carries out restoration work, designs and makers clock movements, teaches and writes on the subjecy and has a columm in "Clocks" Magazine. His one weel tuition courses and correspondence courses are popular and the practical ones have drawn students from as far away as Tasmania. More than a quarter of a century after making his career change Laurie is still enjoying the craft and art of horology- and grateful for the circumstances that brought about the change.
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