I tend to select clocks in
very poor condition for my restoration projects. When I come across one of
these, I know that if I pass on
it, it is heading
for the scrap heap. I hate the thought of losing another of the limited
number of remaining examples of clock makings golden age. As a result, my project clocks usually need a lot of repair,
restoration and re-creation of missing pieces. Thus the book title
The book began as a three
ring binder where I kept notes about restoration techniques needed for
these hard core projects. I tried to improve the accuracy and authenticity
of each restoration and found that I had to do more and more
research and experimentation to uncover the correct techniques for a given
task. The notebook grew...........
soft spot for books, I purchased or borrowed everything I could find on
clock repair & restoration. There are many good books about clocks (both in and out of
print) but most of these focus on repair of the mechanical parts of the clock.
some books, such as John Plewes Repairing & Restoring Pendulum
Clocks or Taylor & Babb's Wooden Clock Cases, that address
certain clock case repairs. Unfortunately, many specialized skills
such as repair and restoration of faux finishes, restoration of glass
tablets, gilding, treatment of labels, etc go largely unaddressed. In
short, I found that there was no single, comprehensive reference for the
wide range of skills needed to accurately restore an antique clock. In
fact, many skills and techniques
appear to have never been documented.
With the knowledge of what was available and what was missing, the idea for
Extreme Restoration began to take shape. The book is organized in a
simple to follow chronological sequence beginning with examination and
evaluation of a potential project clock. It then
proceeds through 14 chapters each addressing a major step in the
the way, there is an effort to share some interesting, if not totally
relevant, historical information on such topics as the invention of paper, the evolution of glass making and the role
steel-making played in starting the American revolution.
also much useful scientific information: Color Theory as it relates to
mixing and matching paint colors. The molecular make up of paper and the
chemical properties that make some labels deteriorate. The Pittenkofer
solvent vapor treatment developed to save priceless paintings and now used
to treat paint lifting on glass tablets. Understanding that there are now high-tech materials now
available to perform museum quality glass
repairs is important to a restorer trying to save as much original
material as possible. Each of these topics add to the restorers tool kit
and directly impact the quality
and authenticity of a restoration.
far as how-to techniques are concerned, there are many. Each presented in
step-by-step detail and supported by numerous high quality digital photos.
Several techniques to restore or recreate glass tablets are presented
including stencils, Decalcomania (direct-to-glass transfer
techniques) and the Litho-paper transfer process used on many tablets in
the early 1800's.
Detailed techniques for clock dial touch-up or total repainting are
provided. Additionally, methods to accurately recreate missing dials is
covered in detail. The chapter on special finishes uncovers the techniques
to produce stunning faux tortoise shell clock columns, gold leafed columns
and trim and faux wood grain as used on many clock cases in the later
and related hardware
are not forgotten in Extreme Restoration. Disassembly, inspection,
cleaning, repair and testing of the five most common types of movement are
each covered separately to provide clear, concise information. More
importantly, a section on "What to do when it doesn't run" is provided to
help locate the reason a freshly repaired clock does not run or run
over 700 pages (161,000 words) and over 2,700 photos and drawings, the
list of what is covered could go on, but the detailed
table of contents
may do a better job of showing this.
was written by a clock restorer for clock restorers. Every technique and
procedure presented was actually performed at the time of write up.
This identified potential stumbling points and areas of possible confusion.
These are each
pointed out as necessary. The goal is to ensure that everyone reading the book
can successfully perform the techniques presented and produce a higher
quality of restoration.
is available on CD for only $49.95 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. It
comes in a standard Adobe Acrobat (pdf) format which, for a book of this
size, offers a number of
are many clock books in the market but rarely will you find so much useful
information in one place. The amount of information provided in Extreme Restoration
and the improvement it can make in
your clocks makes this book a bargain.
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