© Mathew Porton FBHI 2020. Tempus Fugit Velut Umbra Barnt Green, Worcestershire, West Midlands
Clocks are serviced in my dedicated workshop where they are carefully assessed, before commencing work.
The clock will be checked for operation and any faults noted, it will then be completely stripped down to inspect all parts for wear and damage. Mainsprings are always removed from their barrels to check if they are worn out and also to check for corrosion and hairline cracks which could cause a failure in operation and cause damage to the clock.
Wear is dealt with appropriately and all the components of the clock are degreased
and thoroughly cleaned before reassembly, lubrication and then comprehensive testing
before return to the customer.
Periodic cleaning, examination, correction of normal wear and lubrication.
Whether you have a clock that is due for a service, one that has developed a fault, or if you have a clock that has not run for some time I can help:-
As clocks run parts that are in contact with each other wear and this is normal. Regular servicing ensures that the rate of this wear is kept to a minimum and some of this wear is corrected in the servicing process.
If the amount of worn components is large or if they have worn beyond a certain point then rectification will be classed as repair work.
Parts can also break or be damaged in other ways and require repair or replacement. In many older clocks virtually all replacement components must be made as there are no supplies of parts.
I can provide for repair and replacement of a clock’s mechanical parts. I can arrange for repairs to dials and for casework if required.
Specific repair to clocks outside of the scope of servicing
Conservation is an integral part of my approach to the work that I carry out. At the extreme a purely conservation driven approach may end up with a clock not being run in order to preserve it. However this is not a practical solution in most cases where owners require their clocks to be working to fully appreciate them.
Having conservation in mind while working allows decisions to be made on the techniques and approaches used to be the most sympathetic to the long term preservation of the clock and it’s components while still allowing the clock to run.
* Guarantee excludes mainsprings