Home invasion by journalist, stylist and photographer went splendidly last December Friday, Apr 21 2017 

Here is the Instagram snapshot at the end of launch day, 20/4/2017 and the link to the article.

The links to everyone concerned are in the article. With an enormous reach to 243,000 followers; ‘thedesignfiles’ have certainly created an easy vehicle into people’s homes and studios, creative enterprises and lifestyles of Australian families. The “likes” that this post has created both on Lucy’s feed and our own feeds has be quite overwhelming . . . thanks to all and please enjoy the article.

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Working on a full case and movement restoration that so deserves to be brought back to life Sunday, Aug 4 2013 

The most sweet silk suspension, time only French Empire mantle clock (unsigned) that has been through every war since 1810 and survived . . . the dial is distressed but that will be on the way to Marnie Myall in Melbourne, tomorrow. These small petite hands hold further clues as does the pair of gilded lions that have been partially covered by a mahogany slab case.  All reinstated after an overall clean and rub-up, no glass in bezel though _ dial gone to Melbourne for an acrylic fix.

Two recent clock restorations by mal E Tuesday, Sep 4 2012 

This lovely French figural clock sits on the 15th floor of the new Federal Law Court in a judge’s chambers and is now cleaned and ticking away keeping time, at last.

This c1827 French silk-suspension figural mantle clock is also fully refreshed and keeping excellent time now in the stock at Thomas & Alexender, Paddington. The dial (before) and (after) enamel restoration by Marnie Mayall. The bronze and gilt case was broken down and every piece individually cleaned with the patinated bronze ground cleaned and waxed. Steel threads all rust removed with original brass nuts hammered to fit tight again. The secret is not to remove any of the original mercury-gilt when cleaning almost 200 years of grime away. No varnish applied and hopefully we will find a glass dome to fit.

The latest clock restoration – a circa 1820 French ‘Empire’ (portico) regulator by Le Roy a Paris Thursday, Dec 15 2011 

An earlier post detailed the before and after shots of the damaged dial, I enlisted four friends to assist with the recovery of this beast over the past four months and I have just completed bringing the movement to correct time. The case work had to have two elements turned (well completely remade in similar aged timber). This work was done by Allan Roberts, a machining genius who is the in-coming President of our local Chapter 104 NAWCC clock club here in Brisbane. The job then fell to me to clean and complete the assembly of the case work and finish the re-polishing with tinted waxes. The deadbeat escapement, the movement and both barrels was done by my mentor (92 year old master watchmaker), Alan Clauson who also worked with me to re-assemble the entire suspension from scratch (it was completely missing), the block, the chops and the pendulum rod to correct length. Further more, these antique cases are so flimsy and it fell to Allan Clauson to secure in the bezel and movement for me when I became so busy due to the end of the year sale preparation. I finished all the gilt metal cleaning and steel polishing, the reassemble and the fine tuning of the crutch and timing. The scan of what was left on the dial was taken into Illustrator and the vector artwork prepared, this was exported to film and Chris Fry did the silk screen work. The dial itself was cleaned to remove all the paint and the organics, the sunburst pattern was bead blasted and plated with 10 mircons of silver by another retired mate, Bob Flemming. Money can’t but this kind of dedicated work, it doesn’t pay anyone who charges by the hour (with business overheads), this is for the people with passion. Additional pics (1) and (2).

Our breakfast with Mr George Burrows at the ‘black snake inn’ on our last visit to Tasmania was a highlight, thanks for setting this up Warwick! Friday, Sep 30 2011 

Decidedly private, warm and entertaining, a knowledgeable collector who can talk on numerous subjects around the clock face of culture both past and into the future. Barbara and I were invited to breakfast recently and could have stayed the entire day only we were returning to Brisbane the following day. With so much in common, we share numerous personal friends and industry contacts. The kitchen we ate breakfast in holds a mass of Cornish Ware – more than every bit we have ever seen in both our lifetimes, all on show, I simply had to respond and create an Inseperable for George and his kitchen – entitled ‘moving/stationary’ – a Cornish Greeting from Barb & mal E.

My little play with the black snake inn and one more shot of another of his passions . . .

A couple of personal shots from recent Tasmania visit Monday, Apr 18 2011 

Barbara and Suzanne did the 6 day Overland Track from Cradle Mountain after the recent Handmark show in Salamanca, Hobart. This is posted on Suzanne’s Flickr stream.

Janey Mac and Brett stayed a night at Tunbridge while on their band’s recent tour to Tasmania (Good Ship – Bad Ship). Image of mal E & Bretty taken on that iPhone app that everyone seems to use now (blame Justin Brown for that). This is posted on my Facebook page (and Janey Mac’s) . . .

Where are we going to live this weekend? . . . we ask ourselves every Saturday morning Saturday, Aug 28 2010 

We live in Brisbane, Queensland  and Tunbridge, Tasmania. Each week in the Weekend Australian, towards the back of the coloured liftout is ‘homehunt’ – highlighting houses for sale, Australia-wide. Sorry Phillip, but we first turn to this page to find out “where we are going to live this week” . . . mostly its Tasmania (somewhere). Well this week its a house we have visited many times in Ouse belonging to Paul Jones, my first clock mentor who moved to Tasmania proper in 2004 – so excited to see a house we love listed because we also know just how hard it is to get a property on these pages. This is a drawing of Listowel that I played with for a kitchen clock dial for the house, way back.

See if I can keep the Tunbridge reporting down to only two more mentions – work on the garden (1) Sunday, Mar 7 2010 

The garden next door is in fine shape, top pic shows Barb the moment we arrived, we headed straight for the fruit trees. The pic below shows the first (heritage) Worcester Permain, yes our neighbour reminded us that we picked it 1 month before we should have. Some natives replaced, the stables completely cleaned out, both blocks mowed twice, weeded and the back yard cut, well slashed by Rodney and Kevin. Numerous visits, the first to Eagle Hawk Neck, we were treated to a gathering of arts folk at Noel Frankham’s parents holiday house and orchard. Then to Hobart and Graham & Ann Hesse’s new sandstone colonial house and garden. Next we stayed the night with Ann & David Kernke at Shene and saw the works under way there. The following day we were at a TAFE course down the road to sit the theory & practical to get our Tasmanian gun license. The first lightning visit was from Michael, Andrea and baby Clare. Back home to dinner with Warwick Oakman who we really scored some great period Tasmanian pieces from this time. Lunch with Paul and Babe, the same Sunday that Bob Riddel and Pam Easton called and wanted to drop in (bugger). The following Sunday lunch with Ray & Pat and more rellies, Sandra and Tommy. Next we were off to Avoca for an evenings stay with Rob & Lynne Robson and onto the tin trail, to research the Bh-Tinsmith show then to St Helens and our first visit to Binalong Bay, a brief stay with Roz MacAllan and John Potter at their hideaway there (hey! its a rentable retreat – and I mean a treat). We managed to spend valuable time at the St Helen’s History Room, continued on to most of the exhibits on the mining tin trail at Derby.  Visits from Barbara’s rellies, Tony & Michelle & Uncle Max and Aunty Bettie. Next we did the mail run with our postman, Charlie Gregg to get to know the Oatlands/Paratta/St Peter’s Pass catchment better (he knew every peak, range and homestead’s names and occupants from the year dot). Dropped in on everyone we know in Tunbridge, some to dinner, some over coffee and more to just trade veg and eggs – we did plum sauces & jams this time in earnest. I made a trip to Hutton Park to see Andy. We went to visit Annie’s garden and to see Steve Taylor’s refurbishments at Avoca. Numerous visits to Oatlands tip and then the shops there as a few trips to Ross to Barbara’s favourite nursery and to Clive’s shop where I did elements on the furniture restorations on four pieces. The major break co-incided with Barbara’s sister and her partner’s visit and we went to Cradle Mountain, we stayed at Lemonthyme Lodge then drove further and did three different walks. The last stay was in Launceston, again at Ray & Pat’s where I managed two clock outings, one was to visit the Post Office Clock tower to see the work done by Graham Mulligan. Then Graham took me to the home of John Millwood where I was shown masterful clocks and Tasmanian furniture but introduced to John’s main passion – his Colonial Artists Collection. Ray Norman our host (and Barbara’s main mentor) was one of the commissioners of a bronze statue of Dr Russ, who originally owned the Millwood residence. Finally, the first visit we did at Stanthorpe, Queensland on the way down, we dropped in on a dealer and friend known internationally as The Iron Man – Peter Homes.

While in London in 2007 we saw John Harrisson’s equation of time, long case Thursday, Dec 24 2009 

Here’s a pic (slide 39) of the London Clock Guilds presentation I did upon our return . . . showing John Harrisson’s long case. The UK Antiquarian Horological Journal Vol 31 Number 4 June 2009 has reproduced another one of three longcase, this one made by John for his brother James – owned by the Leeds City Museums and it is about to come on public view. Barbara and I are in awe of these handmade oak clock movements and with thanks to the HJ, I’ve scanned the 19 pages pertaining to the clock for all to read. The large 94 Mb version download here. The smaller download is here.

The last issue of Mainspring for 2009, edited by Malcolm Enright has been posted to members and advertisers Tuesday, Dec 1 2009 

Volume 33 Number 4 November 2009 is downloadable here, its a 4Mb .pdf file of 16 pages. I post this for all Chapter 104 members who might like to send to friends and clock & watch collectors, world-wide.

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