The Clockmaker of Centurion
Clock Repair at The Clockmakers Workshop
Clock repair done by The Clockmaker.
The Clockmakers workshop, a modern clock repair shop in the heart of Gauteng, South Africa.
Here we service, repair and restore your old and antique clocks, Grandfather clocks, Wall clocks, Cuckoo clocks, Mantel , Table, Ansonia and the Anniversary or 400 day clock. Bracket and Marble clocks are less common.
The Atmos clock is a very expensive clock to repair as all parts need to be imported.
Clocks are aging, and more wear is slowly setting in, if this is not rectified total failure will occur, it's only a matter of time.
Disassembly of the clock movement.
First the movement (clock machine) is taken out of its case and manually cleaned to remove the stubborn old dirt and grime.
The clock movement, Grandfather clock movement picture below, then undergoes an inspection taking note of any faults that require special attention.
After inspection and all faults noted the movement is completely disassembled and thoroughly cleaned in a ultrasonic bath, only then does it proceed to the engineering department for repair and restoration.
Grandfather clock, tubular bells type,
being inspected by Carl.
For proper cleaning the clock movement (clock machine) has to be completely dissembled, down to its core, main springs are also taken out of their housing cleaned and inspected for any flaws.
Unfortunately metal fatigue in a main spring can't always be spotted and they can break without warning once reassembled.
Specialized repair work done by Jörg.
The next step in the repair process is to replace all worn pivots and polish or burnish the good ones.
Once the pivots are sized and the shafts are all correct we can proceed to the re-bushing stage.
These procedures require extreme care and accuracy, if done incorrectly bushings may fail prematurely or wheels will run out of true causing binding of the gears and ultimately stopping the clock.
All other repairs like broken or worn gears and levers can now follow.
Small parts accurately repaired or reproduced.
The small lathe on the left is a Emco Unimat 3 made in Austria. I believe it's from the 1950's. Mainly used for pivot polishing and burnishing.
In the center we have a very versatile Proxxon miniature drill press from Germany.
On the right a Sherline mini lathe, model 4100 made in USA, used for accurately reproducing and machining the small clock parts.
Larger items machined or re-manufactured.
Here we have the slightly larger machines, a lathe and a milling machine, a small compressor and a drill press in the background.
Without these machines it would be a mammoth task to properly restore those old or antique clocks.
Over the years many specialized tools have been acquired to aid the clockmaker in producing a long lasting repair.
Clock repair finishing...
Minor refurbishment of the clock case is done in our shop, but we are not carpenters so any major woodwork restoration will have to go to someone specializing in such.
Once we have taken out the movement the case can then be taken to a carpenter for professional restoration.