Ken, of Ken’s Clock Clinic, began clock repair at the age of 6 years old and has continued through today, 54 years later. He has studied the works of Laurie Penman, Donald DeCarle, HG Harris, Steven Conover, J. Malcolm Wild, and JM Huckabee to name a few. His commitment to early electric clocks is a natural marriage of his life long passion for horology and his 38+ year career in electrical engineering focused on precision electrical measurement instrumentation, photonics, and power management. He became fascinated with self winding clocks in 1994 and immediately realized how little documentation and product existed for their care, in contrast to the works that have been published on horology in general.
Self winding clocks enjoy a remarkable place in our history. They were the standard time keepers for railroads, industry, schools, government facilities, and municipalities across the world. Examples have been found to this day still intact and operational in the London Underground. We have found several examples within the MTA (Metro Transit Authority) of New York which is considered by some to be the original cerebral center of SWCC! Accurate timekeeping to a singular time standard across the USA, leveraging the existence of a Western Union telegraph communications system was critical to the success of the emerging industrial revolution of the late 1800’s, the momentum from which many will argue took us all the way to the moon and beyond.
Many of these clocks were never for sale but instead were leased with a team of trained clockmakers traveling the country to service and maintain order. When the clocks fell from favor as the gold standard for timekeeping, they began to find themselves in the hands of appreciative collectors. There were few records on how to set, maintain, or repair the clocks. Many good mechanical clock makers have spent hours attempting to understand the electrical aspects and cannot find suitable replacement parts to restore them. Due to lack of electrical knowledge, many clocks have suffered early failure through what might be called unintentional abuse. Many clocks are out there powered by inappropriate or dangerous power supplies because the correct equipment is not available, is difficult to find, or is misunderstood.
Ken has spent over two decades establishing procedures on how to comprehend, maintain and repair self-winding electric clocks. He has lectured in Chapter 15, Chapter 133, and Chapter 21 meetings, published in the NAWCC Bulletin, and is Ken of “Kens Korner” for NAWCC’s HBACC. He will soon be offering booklets on how to repair self winding clocks, along with many specialized parts required for proper servicing, as can be found in this catalog. Our goal is to help others appreciate and enjoy these (and, in fact, all) fine clocks, brought to us through the innovative efforts of our forefathers. These clocks are to be cherished as a critical part of our rich technical history. They are indeed a key predecessor to our 21st century technology which we count on, and enjoy today.
Our Model 1900 Series battery product line is a celebration of the birth of the No. 6 Columbia battery in 1896. The No. 6 Columbia battery, originally designed by National Carbon Company of Cleveland, Ohio, for the first time put reliable, portable electrical power into the hands of innovators (including self winding clock inventor Chester Henry Pond) until alternative commercial forms of electricity were largely available. Unfortunately, the descendent of National Carbon (Energizer) recently discontinued their EN6 battery, ending an era that lasted for more than a century. That’s where we step in. But, it doesn’t end there. We have also developed, market and sell a fascinating line of power line frequency converters for folks who are trying to operate clocks (and other equipment) outside their original country of origin.
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