Enter the Clock

Micromechanics kicks into the next gear today. The school clock begins!

The clock is one of our big projects during our two years in school. We have to saw and file our clock's plates, dial and hands; modify an existing clock geartrain to fit the new configuration; take the metal to a high-quality finish and make the whole thing run accurately for a week straight.

Easy, right?

Today we started to saw. Tomorrow, we saw. Later we file. The next day, we file. Much later, we will still be filing. This project will take our sawing and filing almost to the top end of our ability, and while it's nerve-wracking, it's also exciting to see how far our skills have come in just a few weeks.

Tick tock!

(PS—yes, that's a broken saw blade. Many have given their lives in sacrifice as I've learned to use the jeweler's saw.)

Watchmaking student at the Lititz Watch Technicum, formerly a radio and TV newswriter in Chicago.