Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WORKSHOP TOUR - Who doesnt love shop pictures?

This is what a shop that makes jewelry, watches, clocks, gun parts, bronze sculpture and motorcycles among other things...looks like. There's actually more in some other rooms-I may post some pics again. There's the pantograph room and the the grinder room, as well as two straight line engines and another rose engine. I love shop pics, who doesn't,  share yours.
1918 Lienhard rose engine

Casting/furnace and melting room

1918 Lienhard brocading engine under restoration

Two 10mm Derbyshire and one Levin 8mm watchmakers lathe with the Dumore precision drill press hiding in the back.

Southbend 9"

Myford vert. knee mill

Watch bench

From the left, Hamilton mill designated for gear cutting with lever feed, center 10mm jeweling lathe with swing tailstock, right is the pivot polishing lathe.

Clock bench

Synchrowave 180 TIG welder

Steel and brass bench/engraving. To the right is the Harley Davidson engine bench.

On the left is the wax bench and on the right the precious metals bench.

Smithing stump

Central heavy bench
Hope you enjoyed it. I will post some more sometime..I have more. Cheers

Saturday, June 1, 2013

WATCH No.1 A Ladies Platinum And Gold Diamond Wristwatch

 Watch No. 1 made it back into the shop for an overhaul, so I took a few snaps of it. The watch has been in service for 10 years now. 18K yellow gold case with platinum accents and diamond bezel in a ribbon motif and the diamond terminated floral swags on the sides dress bring a classicism to the timepiece. The platinum winding crown set with cabochon Burmese ruby is mirrored on the opposite side  giving the design balance and more of a "jewelry" watch look. The dial was engraved on the 12" Kenlock straight line engine and the chapter ring is applique with gold chapters.  The hands are hardened and blued and handmade. This was the only snap back case I have made to date with exception to the Ringwatch. Watch No. 1 is powered by a vintage Bulova 10BM movement. Since this first watch was made I have moved almost exclusivley to NOS ETA Movements, with the exception of some FF baguette and Unitus movements which are now also ETA. The occasional vintage movement is always fun to work with and I use them as well.