MA Conservation Studies: Books and Library Materials student Emma Lau writes about learning the principles of sharpening and using basic machineries to produce an English paring knife, and how this lead her to modify a spokeshave for paring leather.
Peter Grimwood is one of just two Orrery makers in the country and he recently spent a day (on November 21st) at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation explaining how to make an Orrery to students.
Deciding which course of treatment to take on an object can be a
near-impossible task, and even after I've finished working on a
clock and it's ticking away happily on a test stand, I'll still be
wondering if there was something I should have done slightly
One of my recent projects is a 19th century French clock signed
A.Brocot and Delletrez. I found a description of the mechanism in
Chavigny's work on the Brocot family, which revealed that a patent
was issued for this mechanism in around 1850 by Antoine Brocot.
The Solar Time Clock is attracting international media and
sector attention and is a unique, super complex mechanical clock
which can be set for longitude and latitude. No other mechanical
clock has ever been made with such a complication. George talks
about his path to becoming an independent clockmaker.
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world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and
maintain our award-winning gardens.