Links and Resources for metalworking, CNC, clock making, CAD/CAM, radio

Things that inspire me or fascinate me

Like everyone I have a set of regular sites and resources that I monitor or use for references on CNC, CAD, live steam, clockmaking and Fusion 360.   Some of these are listed below.

Metalworking / Clockmaking

Bill Smith is sadly no longer with us but his clock and telegraph key books and videos got me started and I learned so much from them.  His wife Judy still maintains the website and sales of books and videos.

Chris at Clickspring is a wonder to watch and his media is always professionally presented.  I contribute to his work via Patreon.

Ken Toonz at Zeamon is similar to Clickspring but with CNC content

Mike’s Workshop always gets me thinking. His many projects are inspiring and get you doing things as is Steve’s Workshop.

Malcolm Wild is world renown for his book on Pinon and Wheel Cutting and he offers many clock related tools and a fabulous wealth of knowledge and experience.

John Wilding has written many hands books on clockmaking and these can be viewed on Ian T Cobbs clock related site.

Delph site has a great clock wheel making application for CNC manufacture.  There is also a US site by Bill Jones and Bill also has a ham radio site.

Anything related to Tom Lipton seems to be useful as does Harold Hall.

Jimmy  Diresta is another Patreon  site.  This is a talented guy who just seems to know what to do with any tool to produce some fine work.  Met him on a NYC CNC training course at Saunders Machine Works.

Stefan Gotteswinter makes some nice stuff and has both web site and YouTube channel.


NYC CNC / Saunders Machine Works is my favourite resource for Fusion 360 and general machining knowledge.  John Saunders is a font of knowledge imparted with enthusiasm.  He is another one I contribute to via Patreon.

I met Kevin Ellingson of Mechanical Advantage at Saunders Machine Works when he was my tutor on Fusion 360 training.  Kevin has his own YouTube channel.

Lars Christensen is another Fusion resource for training lessons on YouTube.

A recent find and good for beginners on Fusion 360 is Paul McWhorter YouTube channel.

Fusion 360 main site has so many learning resources and likewise Tormach site has lots of ‘how to’ videos.

CNC Cookbook and their GWizard program is indispensable.

Stuff You Might Want to Look At (and be in awe)

Cardew Watches – Mike is a fellow Tormach PCNC owner and and his stuff is magical.

Roger Smith – do I need to say more ?


CNC  Milling in the Workshop by Marcus Bowman

Shop, Shed and Road by LBSC

Beginners Guide to Model Steam Locomotives by Tim Coles


Lots and lots our there to chose from so the list is limited to ones you might not normally find : –

Howard at Myford-Lathes keeps a large stockholding of tools and machines with a heavy Myford influence along with Live Steam and Clock related.

If you need a handbook for an existing machine or tool then Tony’s site is worth a look.

I like Steam Workshop and their set up for pre-owned live steam locomotives.