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Gilded half column with rings

Faux Tortoise shell half column

      Faux Wood grain finishes

Dial Repainting and Restoration

Painted tablet restoration


Important Notice!

Web Site Retiring.

The Extreme Restoration web site has been operational continuously since 2004.

After over 16 years of operation, the decision has been made that  it is time to close the site.

Thanks to the thousands of antique clock enthusiast that have visited the site over the years.

This site will cease operation  by the end of 2021.

Thanks for all the support

Tom Temple






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 the techniques utilized 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.

Extreme 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.


T.E. (Tom) Temple



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