The “Modern Clock” by Goodrich

I have been working on a John Wilding ‘Scroll Frame Skeleton Clock’ which has been somewhat entertaining. Getting the clock in beat has caused some frustration. The pendulum crutch is elbow hinged to allow the beat to be adjusted but the adjuster sits behind the pendulum rod. It is easy to tweak the hinge angle but the pendulum rod then masks access to the tightening screw. In the end I resorted to getting the beat somewhere near and then fine adjusting it using the levelling adjuster feet on the base. It now seems to be running nicely, the beat sounds strong and timekeeping is looking good so far. As shown below I’ve got the light sensor of the Microset Timer on it at the moment so we’ll see how well it performs long term.

To revert back to the post title, John Wilding’s book on this particular skeleton clock makes reference to two books as being worthy of any clockie bookshelf – Britten’s ‘Clock and Watchmaker’s Handbook’ and ‘The Modern Clock’ by Goodrich. The latter is a bit of misnomer in that it was published in 1905 but it is a very detailed book and worth a read.

Not having either of these books I did a search. The Britten book is available from Amazon. The Goodrich book is available as a free download from the Gutenberg library. The download is possible in various digital formats, one of which is EPUB3 which is Kindle friendly.

To load third party documents into your Kindle you have to email the document as an attachment to your personal Kindle upload email address. This address can be found in the Settings section of your Kindle. I use this quite regularly to store interesting documents such as technical PDFs. I now have quite a collection of personal and third party techie documents stored alongside John Le Carre, Gerald Seymour and others. You never know when you are going to be bored while sitting on a beach and in need of some technical stimulation.

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