2014 Crafts Competition Results
NAWCC National Convention, Milwaukee, WI

Class 1: Single-Train Clock Movements - Metal


First Place: Nathan S. Bower (MI)

This original concept is a 10-day, weight-driven, skeleton regulator with an astronomical dial. All components of this mechanism are completely handcrafted without the use of CNC machining. Features include Invar 36 pendulum with Brocot/deadbeat hybrid escapement, maintaining power wheel, high tooth counts on wheels and pinions, fl ame blued hands and screws, hand-engraved silvered seconds and hour chapter rings, and an etched glass dial showing minutes. 


Second Place: Duane R. Houchin (WY)
Single-train brass skeleton clock.


Third Place: Susan Wood (MN)

 Weight-driven wall clock. Wheels of clockmaker’s brass cut using handmade multiple tooth profiled cutters. Crown wheel cut using a high-speed steel fly cutter. Arbor of W1 drill rod, lantern pinions of brass and end caps and music wire trundles. Plates of mild steel with brass bushings. Skeleton movement embellished with repoussed steel tulips. Dimensions: 20" tall, 10" wide, and 5" deep. Hand-forged mild steel tulips, leaf and bulbs. Sheet metal formed with hammer and stakes using French repousse techniques. Black pipe shaped with hammer and anvil. Decorative elements assembled using gas welding.

Class 3: Single-Train Clock Movements -Wood


First Place: Michael J. Efta (AK)

Three-day movement made entirely of wood except for the drive weights. All wood colors are natural. Each color combination on the chain corresponds to a day of the week and the pin washers correspond to day (maple) and night (walnut). The gears are designed to be humidity stable. The drive gear teeth are cylindrically involute. Resetting the drive weight is done by sliding one of the weights on to the chain toward the top and then removing the lower one. The length of the pendulum is easily adjustable. Many of the exotic hardwoods are “recycled.” 

Class 4: Complicated Clock Movement


First Place: Philip Johansen (WA)

This is a long duration (6 month) single-train movement with moon phase display. The moon phase display is driven by an integral to the falling weight. The moon phase/weight is rigged by a pulley system that attaches to the case at the bottom and the top to keep weight facing properly as the Kevlar line unwinds from the drum in the clock movement. The movement is wound by a secret crank disguised as a rosette on the case. The rosette is pulled out about 1/4” to engage the winding gears and one of the pins extends out from the rosette to form the crank handle. The movement must be mounted in the case for (1) the movement to be wound; (2) the moon phase display/weight to be properly hung and; (3) for the movement to run.


Class 5: Experimental Timepieces

First Place: John Stouffer (MI)

The Clock of the LEGO® Now is an accurate astronomical clock made from plastic bricks native to Denmark and found in seven of ten U.S. homes. It is made entirely of Lego® parts and held together without glue or screws. There is no lubrication. None of the parts have been modifi ed, fabricated, carved, or painted. Only the string and weight are non-Lego® for safety and cost reasons. This skeleton clock is accurate to one minute per day, runs for 24 hours, has a grasshopper escapement, a 40-second remontoire/maintaining power, and a three-pound weight. It can be rewound in 30 seconds without stopping the clock. It has been running for eight months. In addition to a seconds pendulum, concentric minute and hour hands, and day-of-the-week indicator, it features the following orrery items: Moon phase rotation every 29.53 days with an error of one day in 122 years. Moon sidereal rotation every 27.32 days with an error of one day in 141 years. Earth orbit around the sun in 365.25 days showing months, seasons, equinoxes, and solstices.


Second Place: Susan Wood (MN)

Class 6: Wood Clock Cases—Solid or Veneered



First Place: Edward Arthur (CAN)

A bracket clock known as a “broken arch balloon clock.” The clock is a coopered construction with mahogany veneering, solid mahogany door and trim, and a marquetry design on the face. It has cast brass feet and finial and a lathe turned brass bezel. The dial is an engraved plate. This piece can be displayed as a table clock because it is fi nished on both front and back surfaces.


Second Place: Thomas Berg (WI)

This is an extremely accurate reproduction of a 1921 Seth Thomas Regulator No. 4. The movement is a match to the original and is new and remanufactured. The face, hands, weight, pendulum, door catches are also remanufactured parts matching the original. All screws are matching brass straight slotted, again to match the original. The wood case and trim pieces are the exact size and shape to the original. This case, door, dial surround, and all trim are totally different material than the original. This clock case is made out of tiger maple. The original was made out of a darkly stained mahogany. There are no fasteners visible anywhere on the outside. A jig was used to hold the top trim pieces in place for each piece’s glue to cure. The two rows were then installed as one unit, concealing any fasteners. The bottom trip was built similar to the top. The bottom is held on by hidden dovetail joints; again concealing any fasteners. The glass is the only thing that is antique with this clock. The glass was salvaged out of a house to be torn down in Madison, WI. The house was from the early 1900s. That makes the glass about 100 years old. The finish is five coats of extremely humidity-resistant and durable polyurethane..

Class 7: Other Material Clock Cases


First Place: Philip Johansen (WA)

The case is brass and black anodized aluminum. Zebra wood is used for the back and as an accent around the glass side panels. The round top hood has a curved acrylic window for viewing the movement. The hood slides off for a more critical inspection of the movement, and for making adjustments and for servicing. The case has two rosettes below the hood. The one on the left is the secret crank for winding the movement. The rosette on the right rotates to open the front glass door.

Class-7-2-2nd-place Second Place: William Galinsky (WI)
Splats, feet, and finials for European and American clocks that are cast from plastic.

Class 8: Watch Movements


First Place:  Tsutomu "Mark" Endo (NE)

360-Degree Skeleton Watch Movement Made in the USA. This 7-jewel watch movement is made from scratch, handmade with the exception of three parts: the mainspring, hairspring, and jewels. The design and layout of this watch is intentionally simple and sparse, without sacrifi cing timekeeping, to allow the viewer to see the inner workings of the gears, escapement, and other mechanism, as much as possible from the top, bottom, and both sides. I refer to this design as “360-degree skeleton.” I wanted the watch to be big enough to see the gears yet small enough to fit inside my hand. Another important factor was to make the watch as inexpensively as possible by salvaging materials on hand.

 Class 13: Clock Restoration


First Place:  Gene Galbraith (TX)  

Restoration of Thwaites & Reed Turret clock, Clerkenwell, London, 1850, with clock tower. The tower clock is a time-and-strike movement purchased from a private individual in Texas. The clock was previously acquired at an auction in New Orleans. It was originally installed in a public building (thought to have been a church), which was bombed in 1941. The building was a total loss, but the clock survived. Eventually, it ended up in a dealer’s shop in New Orleans. The clock was totally disassembled and refurbished via fine glass-bead blasting followed by appropriate polishing, clear-coating, or painting. The clock is 99 percent original. The governor had damaged vanes, which were reconstructed from vintage sheet iron. The cables had previously been replaced with quarter-inch stainless steel cables, which were retained. The original pendulum is 14 feet long. The 82-pound iron bob is original. The clock tower stands 13’ 8” tall and was built by using recycled materials from old demolished houses in Austin, TX. Some new moldings were used to enhance certain design features. The overall design was derived from many photos of London towers. The gold bezel was purchased from Inline Ovals, which specializes in custom frames. The tower clock dial was designed from the setting dial on the clock movement. The 36” dial image was vectored by graphic designer Molly Humphrey, so the image could be enlarged without loss of detail. CompuSigns, of Austin, TX, printed the dial on translucent acrylic. The dial is backlit with a pair of LED strip lights that illuminate the clock dial at night. The tower clock bell is not original to the clock. It is an 1886 cast-iron school bell made in the USA by the Meneely Bell Company.


Second Place:  Edward W. Bikowitz (MI)  

This 30-hour Ansonia cottage clock was discovered in an antique shop in eastern New York. The only original wood on the clock was the door. All veneer was gone from the case, and the wood top of the door was split and missing wood. The dial was worn and faded. The hands, pendulum, and door latch were missing. It had no label and the door molding strip needed repair. The click on the winding arbor was broken. It had a piece of “starch box” that someone had substituted for a base. One of the dial mounting blocks was broken off. It did have some original parts: original old glass, Ansonia movement, dial pan, and a decorative original door and molding. It also had brass eyes for hinges rather than hinges of any type. I was impressed with its very tiny size. It had to be one of the smallest cottage clocks I had seen. The case was nearly intact, but someone had stripped off the veneer. I repaired and filled the wood split on top of the door. I replaced the worn dial and added new hands and a suitable door latch. I applied a decoration on the glass and added an appropriate decorative pendulum. I repaired the molding strip and fabricated a new base. I found an appropriate label and resized it to fit the clock. I used booked veneer to do the sides and top of the clock and stained it to match the original door. I could not find a spring click with a slot, but one was found by Pat Loftus, who offered to replace it for me. All work on the clock, except the click spring, was completed by the entrant.

 Class 15: Reverse Painting on Glass


First Place:  Patricia Holloway (TX)

Merchant’s Exchange litho transfer reverse glass painting. This ogee replacement tablet was created by applying a photocopy of an etching to the reverse of a scraped and cleaned ogee tablet. The excess paper was removed and the remaining image was painted with artists’ oils to replicate an original ogee tablet.


Second Place:  Patricia Holloway (TX)

Holiday ornament litho transfer reverse glass painting. This ornament was created by making a photocopy of an early watchcase found in a jeweler’s supply catalog. The photocopy was then applied to the reverse of a vintage watch crystal. The excess paper was removed and the remaining image was painted gold to replicate the watchcase.

Class 16: Stencil Bronzing

Class-16-1-1st First Place: Dan Havlick (MO)
Glass tablet created with Fenn Star pattern stencil using bronze powder, varnish, and oil paints.

Class 19: Wood Carving


First Place: William Galinsky (WI)



Second Place: William Galinsky (WI)



Third Place: William Galinsky (WI)


 Class 20: Metal Engraving and Decorative Metal Parts 


First Place: Susan Wood (MN)

Weight-driven wall clock. Wheels of clockmaker’s brass cut using handmade multiple tooth profiled cutters. Crown wheel cut using a high-speed steel fly cutter. Arbor of W1 drill rod, lantern pinions of brass and end caps and music wire trundles. Plates of mild steel with brass bushings. Skeleton movement embellished with repoussed steel tulips. Dimensions: 20" tall, 10" wide, and 5" deep. Hand-forged mild steel tulips, leaf and bulbs. Sheet metal formed with hammer and stakes using French repousse techniques. Black pipe shaped with hammer and anvil. Decorative elements assembled using gas welding.


Second Place: Edward Arthur (CAN)
The entry includes hand cast brass feet and finial, lathe turned bezel, dial and hands. The entrant made the molds for sand casting the feet and finial. A friend helped cast the pieces in brass using a gas-fired furnace and the entrant completed the finish work. The brass bezel was turned on a Colchester lathe. The hinge and latch mechanism were hand-fabricated. The dial was indexed and laid out on a South Bend lathe. The chapter ring was silvered and the center is matte finished. The hands are steel cut with a jeweler’s saw and then blued and oil quenched.



Honorable Mention: Gerry Koolen 


Honorable Mention: Dulen Lee

 2 Entries


 Class 21: Horological Tools 


First Place: Bruce Ross Foreman (IN)

Hairspring torque gauge for clocks. All metal parts were machined and hand-finished from brass and steel bar. The dial work and silvering were done by the entrant. The dial hand, bearing jewels, and hairspring were purchased items. This design is mainly the entrant’s but is loosely based on the Login hairspring gauge.



Second Place: James "Jim" Haubert  (AZ)
The entrant made this tool during the winter of 1978-79 because he intended to build a precision clock and thought it would be needed. The material came from a thick walled bushing that had been a riser for a surface grinder. The material dictated the length of this tool and also its proportions to some degree because everything had to be cut from the curved wall of the bushing/riser. The same bronze was used for making the knurling adjustment and lock nuts. An extension arm was added on one side because it was too small for the 120-tooth wheels the entrant wanted to make.


Third Place: Eugene Cestrone  (PA)
Stand was designed and built by entrant to repair most shelf and wall movements. The movements attached can be leveled side-to-side and back-to-front from the top of the feet.

 Class 22: Horological Novelties

Class-22-2-1st-place First Place: Walter Newman (IL)
Scale model of a clock shop. Remnants of discarded furniture were made into this 1" = 1’ scale model. It measures 19-1/4" high, 13-1/4" deep, and 12-1/2" wide and includes a shop and bathroom occupying a ground floor, and an attic for storage. When “lifted off” the attic reveals a 110 volt converter that provides current to four 9-volt light fixtures in the shop ceiling below, and a small motor that controls a moving lighted sign in the pediment. The pediment also includes a battery operated astronomical-type clock displaying current Chicago time.
Class-22-1-2nd Second Place: Frank Del Greco (OH)
Occasional table made from a late seventeenth-century tower clock frame. This tower clock frame was purchased as a bucket of rusty parts at a regional. Because only one wheel and fly were included, it was made into a table. The frame was cleaned and repainted and the fly and finials were gold leafed. The acrylic top has a cutout in it to allow one to turn the fly through the top (the entrant did not cut the top).
Class-22-3-3rd Third Place: Patricia Holloway (TX)
Tower clock note cards. There are many historical courthouses in the state, most of which are topped off with a tower clock. To raise awareness of public time while showcasing the beautiful architecture and workmanship, I photographed the tower clocks, created a note card template, then selected and imported a photo. The cards were then printed before I trimmed and folded each card. The last step before adding an envelope and packaging was to handwrite the city and county at the bottom of each card.

Class 23: Exhibit Only


Susan Wood (MN)
Jay Holloway (TX)

David Lima

(Four entries)

 Class 25: Chapter Institutional and Public Clock Restoration


First Place: Heart of America Chapter 36—Kansas