Laurie Penman has been working as a clock repairer/restorer for over thirty years. He began writing for Clocks Magazine in the 1970s, later becoming a regular contributor and columnist. He began teaching clock repairing in 1980 and, at the same time, started a correspondence course. His first book (written with a co-author) was published by Clocks Magazine as a 'special'. Clock Design and Construction was published in the early 1980s and other books followed. Laurie Penman accepted the offer of a post at the American Watchmakers/Clockmakers' Institute in Harrison, Ohio, in 2002 as a lecturer and instructor.