NAWCC Education


Education is the heart of our mission.

The NAWCC is the clearinghouse for sharing horological knowledge and skills. Classes and workshops tell the fascinating stories of horology, cover various watch and clock topics, and preserve the knowledge of horological craftsmanship.  Workshops are opportunities to learn about and care for your timepiece. Through hands-on learning, these workshops and classes can build your confidence, knowledge, and skills in watch and clock repair and maintenance. Whether it is the technology of timekeeping or the nature and meaning of time itself, our educational programs expand horizons and provide answers.

The NAWCC‘s goal is to educate not only the professional but to reach out to the student and amateur horologist and to help expand their knowledge. While learning is its own reward, it also provides opportunities for building lasting friendships.


Chapter One Offers a Horological Scholarship Grant

Application for Chapter One Scholarship Grant



UPCOMING WEBINAR: (click on the title below to register)

Joseph Ives and His Remarkable Clocks

 Presented by Philip E. Morris


Joseph Ives was the fourth of six brothers that became clockmakers and today he is the most well-known. His clocks are eagerly sought after by collectors who appreciate the many innovative construction techniques he incorporated in both his wooden and brass movements. Ives is generally credited with inventing the rolling pinion and accelerating lever spring (wagon spring). In reality, Ives invented neither rolling pinions nor lever springs, nor did he ever claim to do so. Nonetheless, over the course of his clockmaking career, Ives dedicated many years to perfecting them and as a result he is generally given credit for their invention. Both technologies were adopted by many other clockmakers and were used widely until the late-1850s. This webinar will highlight some of rare and remarkable Ives’ clocks that were on display at the NAWCC Arlington National held June 28, 2017. Examples that will be discussed include a rolling pinion clock that pre-dates Ives’ first use of the technology by at least thirty years, an accelerating lever spring shelf clock produced in Massachusetts that pre-dates Ives use of the technology by fifteen years, Ives eight-day tall clocks which are the earliest use of rolling pinions by Ives, a balance arm movement, a lever spring pillar & scroll, mirror clocks with iron plate movements and his gilt lyre clocks. Selected examples of clocks by other firms that utilized Ives’s technology will also be discussed.


Philip E. Morris is a 1983 graduate of Birmingham Southern College with a B.S. in chemistry and a 1988 graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry. He has spent his professional career working in the pharmaceutical industry developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and viral diseases. He has over forty publications and patents related to these studies.

In 1980, Philip began collecting early American clocks with particular interests in those made with wooden movements and those produced by one of America’s most iconic clockmakers, Joseph Ives. In late 2003, he began a systematic study of wooden tall clocks and their makers which ultimately culminated with the publication of his book American Wooden Movement Tall Clocks: 1712-1835. In June 2017, Philip led an exhibit of more than 75 clocks produced by Joseph Ives. The exhibit was the largest and most comprehensive collection of Ives clocks ever assembled and it will be the subject of a future book.

Philip is a Fellow of the National Association of Watch & Clock Collectors and currently serves on the Board of Directors. In addition, he is the Chairman of the Cog Counters (NAWCC Chapter 194), a group of collectors dedicated to the study and preservation of wooden clocks.


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