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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2004
Saw the price of clocks on E Bay and decided to buy one in need of restoration. This book is the better of 2 bought on Amazon. Straight forward clear and concise. My complicated new hobby has suddenly become easy and profitable.
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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful
on 7 December 2000
I must admit that I bought this book as I have many others, expecting to be sorely disappointed. Well I was wrong. Having been weaned on Donald De Carle I must present a challenge to any aspiring horological author. Imagine my surprise and delight to find an author with the same insight and obvious love of timepieces as De Carle! A craftsman who can explain the intricacies of non-standard repairs with the same clarity as simple replacements is a gem. His explanations are clear, concise, and understandable to any level. I can hardly wait to see what his future offerings have in store. Well done Laurie
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Although the author has tried to write a book for people of all abilities, this is not a good book for the absolute beginner.

The author assumes a knowledge of clock functions and a familiarity with technical expressions that the beginner won't have. Although there are some sections dealing with very basic things, e.g. "How to oil a clock", Mr Penman is soon on about "verge flags" and "lantern pinions" or casually suggesting that we solder new teeth into damaged cogs or make our own replacement parts.

I needed a basic book to tell me how to clean, lubricate and adjust my mantle clock. Sadly, I soon got completely bogged down in this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
If, like me, you know nothing about the technical construction of clocks then this book is not the ideal place to start.That said, however, after reading through most of it, it is very well written and informative.
The author begins by explaining how to systematically approach various clock faults and advises on remedies for same.He advises that the last thing to do is to take a clock apart-as 'life is too short for this approach' and directs the repairer to other remedies first.However for many faults a clock has to be disassembled and for this he advises on what to check.
This is where it gets complicated for me as I was unaware of what 'pinions', 'arbors', 'escapements' etc actually are.I feel that a chapter on the basic operation of a clock would have been extremely helpful.This chapter, even if short, could have explained the various terms used in horology.
However, for me the book is redeemed by the inclusion of a systematic 'fault finding' section which advises on what actions to take for various problems.Also there is a very helpful chapter on what tools to acquire for various repair jobs.Overall a very well written and sometimes witty book and well worth buying if you intend to go in to the horology field.Recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 30 June 2010
The book contains all the information I need to help me to build a skeleton clock. Having built a weight driven clock the book has helped me to understand how the escapement works. The glossary was especially useful in learning the words that are specific to clock makers. The books describes how clocks work which clock builders' manuals don't always do. The book is very useful for an amateur clock builder.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2010
I am sure this is a very good book however although it starts well enough (for a complete novice) it soon became too technical for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2009
Brilliant treatment of a subject that is complex for novices like me. I loved the idea of 'dunking the clock' to clean it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 September 2013
If you want to learn how to repair clocks or upgrade your existing skills this is well worth the money.

The book is very detailed and the author is obviously well qualified to produce this book. Even if you are just interested if finding out how clocks work this will be all you need.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2013
very comprehensive and it is a useful guide for a beginner like me so beginners should buy it as its good
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on 10 November 2013
I bought this book as a download, as I was looking for guidance on how to repair a couple of old clocks for friends. I am very pleased with the book, as it contained everything I wanted to know plus a lot more besides. It is well-written and comprehensive. For the hobbyist, this book is highly recommended.
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