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  1. @RogueRugger.  It all depends on what kind of clock you are looking to make.  The style I am making is called a "Turret Clock" and they are typically found in church and civic building towers that have clock faces on the outside.  It also matters what type of escapement you are using.  The escapement is what controls how fast the clock runs.  My clock is using what is called a "Verge and Foliot" escapement.  These were in use from about the 13th century up through the 17th century.  The pendulum was first used in a clock around that time and rapidly replaced the verge and foliot.  Are you looking to make a larger clock like what I am working on or smaller clocks meant to be used in a home or office?  Something a bit more modern or something historical?

  2. Generally, some of the options include plant oils (especially olive oil) and tallow.  Plant oils were pretty selective though as some would harden and stick together.

    The reality is that very little oil is needed if everything is polished up.  Probably once a week visit would have been enough to keep it going.  Since they would have been visited daily for winding and to reset the time, it was probably just part of the regular visits.

  3. and I've been thinking of attempting a spit jack...(per Moxon's Mechanick Exercises)

    I hope you put a clock tower on your smithy!

    When I was researching the clock, I looked at some of the spit jacks to help me understand gear construction.  On a trip to Colonial Williamsburg, one of the smiths there was actively working on one.  After talking to him a bit, we went back into their break room where they had a 18th century jack that he was using to model his off of.  I have probably 20 or so really good photos of it at home.  I can send them to you if you like once I get home.

    If I remember correctly, the smith working on the spit was Ken Schwarz who I believe is the head blacksmith at Williamsburg now.  You could also try contacting him.

  4. Hey guys, I've been away for a while.  Decided that I would start posting some stuff again as I am getting back into blacksmithing.

    For those that don't know me, I started blacksmithing about 12 years ago to do a dream project of recreating an all forged late medieval/renaissance clock using traditional techniques.  I made my first major effort from about 2005-2009.  After that time due to stuff in life and job changes, I largely put the blacksmithing aside.  I have finally gotten back into it and I am restarting my clock project.

    When I looked at the frame I made and other parts, I decided that I wanted to start over to clean up my learning mistakes.  This past weekend I made the part of the clock know as the verge and foliot.  This part swings back and forth and actually causes the ticking of the clock.  It serves the same purpose as a pendulum in that it regulates the speed of the clock.

    So this video shows the new clock frame I made over the past few months as well as how the verge and foliot swing back and forth.  It still needs a little bit of work but the tougher parts of the construction of the verge and foliot are done.  I still need to add little tabs that engage a gear as well as some work on the ends of the arms.  Too much typing, here is the video.

  5. This from Joe-Rolfe...

    General Information. Tom Walker (Lurch) his wife Jessica, and children Laramie and Jarrod - just left my place headed back home. They are well stocked and provisioned and know they have a home to move into and equipment to work with. They will call me as soon as possible and will try to get in touch with Garey, Charv, And Jack Frost. and give us a report.

    Buddy Lenards town was hit very badly. I hope he left. No word from him, or from Cap (Rob Whitehurst) They are too far from Tom for him to check on them. The bridges are gone between them anyway. I will post anything I learn.

  6. I want to emphasize that I was just digging around looking for news on Moss Point when I came across this photo. I don't know Garey well enough to know for sure. Someone who does know him, please post a reply...


    Follow the link under Galleries for Moss Point. Go to slide number 4. There is a disaster services vehicle in the photo. I'm looking at the guy in blue. I can't tell enough from the photo to compare to what's on the slacktub gallery.

    I apologize for raising hopes if this is not him.

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