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Clocks and Culture (Norton Library)
Clocks and Culture (Norton Library)
by C M Cipolla
Edition: Paperback

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating, 16 Sep 2010
This book studies the evolution of european horology from an unusual angle. There are many books on this subject which, quite correctly, focus on the technical aspects. Cipolla is an academic with a passion for the history of technology. His essay paints a broader picture, with reference to the clock and its part in developing european civilisation. It's well worth a read, and the references are extreemly informative too. I hope to read more by him.


The Art of Mechanical Drawing: A Practical Course for Drafting and Design (Popular Mechanics)
The Art of Mechanical Drawing: A Practical Course for Drafting and Design (Popular Mechanics)
by William F. Willard
Edition: Hardcover

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars delightful, 16 Sep 2010
This book is a little treasure. It's presentation is clear and it's style is inspirational! I know it's "just a book about technical drawing" but it's one of those text books that was obvisouly written by someone who loved his craft. The fact that it's a hardback at such a reasonable price also adds to the appeal. It won't dissapoint.


Mechanical and Quartz Watch Repair
Mechanical and Quartz Watch Repair
by Mick Watters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to watchwork, 24 May 2010
Mick Watters was a highly respected horology lecturer at St Loyes college Exeter. This book is the product of his experience of introducing people to the Art of professional Watchmaking. The text closely follows the path suggested by the British Horological Institute for aspiring horologists, and is an extreemly useful companion to those following that course. Admittedly it's probably not the best book for the hobbyist, as it does expect the reader to be able to suppliment the information given with their own research. I did wonder if the section on stop watches would be relevant for much longer, but they do provide a useful introduction to the chronograph mechanism and are cheaper to practice on if you can get hold of one!
So to sum up, if you are serious about learning to become a professional watchmaker this book is a great place to start.


The Clock Repairer's Manual (Manual of Techniques)
The Clock Repairer's Manual (Manual of Techniques)
by Mick Watters
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a good companion, 22 May 2010
There are so many books availaible about clock repair that it's hard to imagine there being space for another. But this modest book has squeezed itself in amongst the greats.I am a professional horologist and consequently work alone most of the time. This book is my bible, it's like having an expert friend working at your side. I often wonder "What Mick would do", and regularly seek his advice. I have even revised practices which I have been using for years after stumbling across a photo or section of text whilst browsing.
This book with it's easy to understand text and clear illustration, is also highly recommended for students who are studying for the Britsh Horological Institute's professional accreditation. Mick Watters was a respected lecturer at St Loyes College in Exeter and his experience is wholly relevant.


A Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks
A Guide to Dating English Antique Clocks
by Eric Bruton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £11.37

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing, 22 May 2010
A guide to dating Antique clocks by Eric Bruton

I bought this book to improve my understanding of english domestic clocks and and how to date them from their various stages of development. I didn't find much in here that can't be found in other books already available, and I was suprised to find that some things which I consider elementary weren't included (example: dating clocks by painted dial developments or by length of doors. There is information on dating contained within the text but it's not set out clearly and isn't accessible as a reference book. It's not "A Guide" in my opinion. The text, which refers exclusively to the Wetherfield Collection, the majority of which are by London makers, is interesting and informative. This is followed by a catalogue of black and white photos of the same. (I think I've seen many of them in other books.)
It would have been more accurate if the Book had been given the title: "A revised guide to the Wetherfield Collection". But, if it had I wouldn't have bought it! Meanwhile, I'm still waiting for a definitive book on the subject of Dating clocks, and regional case styles.
John Robey's Longcase Clock reference book is hard to beat.

Post Script: I have just noticed this review is also tagged to another book by by Eric Bruton, "Wetherfield Collection of Clocks, A guide to dating English Antique clocks". This is an earlier edition and presumably the title Eric Bruton sanctioned. It seems that this book has been re-titled in an attempt to increase its sales potential. As I said in the review the new title does no justice to the book, and is in my view unfair to the author.


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