Collecting antique American clocks comes as a
natural outgrowth of an
interest in the nationís history and its early mechanical and technical
trappings. As I became more deeply involved in restoring clocks I
discovered a severe lack of comprehensive information
regarding many of
in their manufacture. Gilding for clock work often involved adding embossed rings
around the circumference. How was that done?
The faux tortoise shell finish seen on the columns of many shelf clocks is
beautiful showing true depth. How was that created and how is it repaired?
The rosewood grain on the sides of many clocks is actually a faux finish
painted on a plain veneer. How can that be repaired or duplicated?
The number of questions continued to pile up as I strived to improve the
quality and authenticity of each restoration.
As a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC),
I am a regular participant on several of the on-line message boards.
Through discussions on these boards it was confirmed that I was not alone.
Many collectors, restorers and hobbyists wished to accurately restore
their antique clocks, but were unable to find detailed how-to information.
Thus began a long and ongoing research and experimentation project that
came to be known as Extreme Restoration.
The goal of Extreme Restoration is to provide the kind of detailed
step-by-step information needed to ensure that the restorer with average
shop skills can actually perform each of the techniques and procedures
presented. The missing ingredient has been accurate information and Extreme Restoration is
intended to fulfill that need.
Restoration is produced in an
electronic (e-book) format. This provides a number of unique
advantages over traditional paper.
Hopefully, youíll find the techniques presented in Extreme Restoration
as useful as I have and that they provide the information needed to take your
restoration projects to the next level.