The meeting was held outside the Hopkins, MN Pavilion building in a picnic shelter. Attendees wore masks and practiced social distancing. This was actually my first Guild meeting – meetings are held the first Thursday of the month, which tends to be a conflict for my schedule, but I recognized a few faces from the OT Lang group.
This meeting was a catch-up meeting with no formal program. Members brought projects they have been working on to share.
Steve Robb of Lignum Tempus brought his newest creation – an electric rewind gravity pendulum escapement clock. As is typical of Steve, this latest piece showcased his exquisite craftsmanship as well as some interesting features including a 2 second pendulum. The batteries and winding motor live in the base of the clock and winding is activated when one of the weights touches a contact on top of the base. Unusually, the escapement is off-center at the 9:00 position.
Another member shared his metallurgical experiments in trying to age some new brass case components to match the rest of the case. Other projects included a repaired electric Mastercrafter clock, some hand-machined and fabricated metalworking tools, and the beginnings of a high-precision rotary indexing modification to a jewelers lathe. I shared my work on the Seth Thomas Office Calendar No 2 case work and calendar mechanism work.
It was a lovely evening and it was great to catch up with people I haven’t seen in more than six months. I haven’t heard if a September meeting will happen or not, but hopefully it can happen if weather cooperates.
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