IHCF Training programme
Below you will find the layout of a proposed course in clock repair. The six sections or topics are not listed in any special order. It is intended as a discussion document.
History of Clocks
A full understanding of the development of clocks from the late thirteenth century. Time consciousness and the measurement of time. The 12 / 60 counting system etc.
2. CLOCK MAKING AND REPAIR
Pendulum and other isochronous oscillating systems
The physical laws, construction of pendulums, temperature compensation. Balance wheels. accuracy and inaccuracy in pendulums.
Theory and practice of escapements
Construction, efficiency and the effects of wear,
Theory and practice of gearing and wheel-work
Cycloidal and involute gearing, efficiency of gearing, effects of improper meshing. Wheel and pinion cutting; materials, treatments, tempering etc.
How to work safely and achieve precision in small metal turning lathes.
Tools and equipment
The use and care of clock-maker’s tools.
Familiarisation with clock movements
Single, two and three train movements; strike-work, repeat-work, bells and gongs,
3. CLOCK CASES
The construction of clock cases from wood, metals and stone. Polishes, and varnishes, painted cases, gilding.
4. WORKSHOP PRACTICE
Health and safety in the workshop, Safety Statements and precautions.
Record keeping, Codes of practice, application of the principles of conservation and restoration.
5. OPERATING A SMALL BUSINESS
Recording and reporting transactions, preparation of accounts, obligations to make annual returns.
6. SOFTWARE REQUIRE BY A CLOCK MAKER
Excel or similar spreadsheet
AutoCAD or similar vector drawing software
WordPress; the best chance that a sole trader will have of controlling his or her own web-site
Adobe Photoshop for preparation of record photographs and web-site uploads.