In the early nineteenth century Eli Terry pioneered the production of an affordable one day, wood movement clock, creating the American clock industry. In 1816 he hired Chauncey Jerome, who went on to become the largest clockmaker in the world and, like Terry, a great innovator.
In the early nineteenth century Eli Terry pioneered the production of an affordable one day, wood movement clock. By applying industrial processes such as interchangeable parts, volume production, division of labor, and standardized designs he birthed the American clock industry. In 1816 he hired Chauncey Jerome, a young carpenter and joiner, to assist him as he perfected the wood works shelf clock. Chauncey Jerome went on to become the largest clockmaker in the world and, like Terry, a great innovator.
Chauncey Jerome is also remembered for his one day clock though it is has a movement made of metal instead of wood. It was the predecessor of the OG clock and, the majority of industrially produced clocks for the next century. This webinar will take a look at this remarkable achievement and particularly the earliest examples of this clock often referred to as the patent movement models. We will examine these clocks and with a detailed look at the the movement and track the changes as it evolved into the familiar OG movement manufactured for over seventy years by the majority of American clock companies. Please join us for this tribute to one of America’s greatest clockmakers and one of his revolutionary designs.
About the Presenter: Al Dodson is an AWCI Certified Master Clockmaker and a Fellow of the NAWCC. He has an associate degree in Micro Precision Technology, having studied under William O. Smith at Parkland College in Champaign, IL. He began repairing clocks in 1971 and managed of his own shop in Lexington, KY for over 25 years. For the last 10 years, he has served as lead clock instructor for the NAWCC School of Horology. His father was a Certified Master Watchmaker (HIA), and Al has carried on his father's interests in both the theoretical and practical aspects of horological craftsmanship.
As a member of the NAWCC, Al has contributed to the Education Committee and has been actively involved in horological education programs for all NAWCC members. He has presented many programs, both technical and historical, at local and regional meetings and was a presenter at the 2007 NAWCC National Convention. He is vice president of Chapter 158, serves on the board of Chapter 1, and is a member of the American Clock and Watch Museum in Bristol, Ct.
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