Chapter 139 First Wood Case Restoration Class
Tim Glanzman introducing class outline.
Tim  describing class kits.
John Schmieg waiting to be introduced to the students.
Working on smoothing out a burn-in of a chipped out area.
Proper technique for smoothing out a' burn-in' area.
Using a Stain board.
John directing Ann Jurecka on how to go about staining a new part to match an old case.
Ann Jurecka applying stain to age new clock part.
Four minds all thinking something completey different.
John Schmieg demonstrating the burn in technique for disguising worm holes.
George applying John's worm hole burn-in techniques to his case. Nita supervising.
Gordon's clock case prior to disassembly and restoration.
Glass and mutton removal from Gordon's clock door.
Gordon applying schellac and enjoying the fumes.
Applying schellac to disassembled clock case.
Demo on Tim's clock case.
Joe and George.  I think Joe is waiting for Nita to finish his case.
John inspecting burn-in area.
John demonstrating schellac application for French polish technique on Nita Mixon's case.
Tim's humpback after first application of schellac.
The most powerful tool in the shop.  Manual air brush used for applying stains.  Each studend received one with his/her kit.
John using air brush.
Air brushing to even color on case.  This process is alternated with applications of schellac.
Nearly finished.
Smoothing out finish.
What a crew!
Case for a 16 size pocket watch.  More or less complete.   John reminded me about getting a smoother surface when using a razor blade instead of sand paper or chemicals on the filled in areas.  So, will redo a couple of areas.  Any student taking this class should photograph the project before it is refinished as the pictures can be used for reference and presentations.
Some pictures from the first San Jacinto Chapter 139 case restoration class.  Most cases are wood clock and watch cases.  John Schmeig is willing to work with other case materials as well. 
John Schmeig showing Cheryl Davis how to fine tune a repair.
Process of blending in a repair.
Deborah and John Stam.  Hey, stay on your own side of the line John.
Adding a petal using the burn-in technique.
The newly formed petal showing some form.
Blending the new to the old with stain alternating with shellac.
Petal work.
Seth Thomas adamantine project.
Seth Thomas adamantine close up.
Where's your project Cheryl?
One done.
Happy space with Gary, Tom, Marcus and Natalie.
Marcus using the 
 shellac - sand 
shellac - sand 
method on his hump back case.
Msarcus, Natalie and banana.
Marcus working on his hump back case.
Some detailed work required.
Burning in areas of missing veneer.  Next up will be blending and finishing. Cheryl's case?
No, the jars with colored lids are not snacks.  Well, that is what Gary Briggs and Tom Norris told me.
Nice trash can; case too.
Nice job Gary!
John Schmeig demonstrating how to wipe on schellac and lacquer.
Some call it a faux wood finish but, whatever, it covers up flaws in a heart beat.
Working on the finish.
Tom's nearly completed project.
John showing Tim on how to use the manual sprayer.
Tim practicing the 'spraying' techniquei with audience.
Yer sponzed to blo 'n not suck.
Whew, I'm done now.
Arranging bottles.
Natalie applying shading using spraying technique.
Marcus' finished case.
Project done, snack time.
What a nice weekend!
Below are some photos of the second Case Restoration Class.  Refer to photos for comments.
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Chapter 139 Second Wood Case Restoration Class
Chapter 139 French Clock Class
Fred Tishler gave several members (Joe Mixon, George Kabacinski, Roy Bryant, Tim Glanzman, Gordin Shahin, John Trego and Robert McGee) of Chapter 139 some great lessons in French Clock movements.  Here are some random shots I took during the early stages of the class.  They were so interested that they were not even going for the pastries. 

The second group of photos were supplied by John Trego and Joe Mixon
Roy at the bench.
John, George, Fred and Robert
I think I can see it!
Hard at work.
Fred Tishler (instructor) at the lathe.
I know I saw it.
John Trego
Fresh pot of coffee just made.
Guidence from the instructor.
First back.
Second back.
Third back.
Chapter Mold And Casting Class
Copyright 2010 NAWCC San Jacinto Chapter 139
Chapter Reverse Glass Painting Class
On Saturday, Phil began the class by explaining the different types of images on the tablets of clocks and the history.  He then explained the process of the technique that we were going to do in this class.  We learned how to cut glass to size.  We then applied the transfer to our piece of glass and let them sit overnight to dry.   We also watched part of a video of Lee Davis giving a speech on the different techniques of Reverse Painting.  Phil then demonstrated how to start painting the transfer.  It is very important to start with the smallest, finest details first.  He also explained how to pick the colors for the reverse paintings and what colors that were commonly used.  On Sunday the fun began!  We first started off by taking the transfers we had prepared and began removing the paper backing.  This is a very tedious and fragile process, but once you get the hang of it, It goes really fast!  Then we started to paint the transfers that Phil had brought.  It is amazing how the colors transform from the back to the front, also amazing is how different the front & back of the painting look.  Everyone in the class had a good time and we then wished Phil a Happy Birthday !  Hopefully now everyone that took this class  will appreciate all the work that goes into a reverse painting!  (by Nita Mixon)

I think this is the way to do it!
Glass cutting.
Now where was I?
Nice lookin' chick.
Reverse side
Gettin' there.
Not bad.
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Ann Jurecka, George Kabacinski, Phil Graham (instructor), Becky Bush, Joe Mixon, Tim Glanzman, Nita Mixon and Jim Eggert.
2016 June Pocket Watch Class
Instructor Shaun Clarke starting the class
Bob Holkin
Bob Holkin and Edward McDowell.
Bob Holkin with instructor (Shaun) barely visible monitoring progress.
Instructor Darrah Artzner giving demonstration on disassembly.
Edward McDowell  in the disassembly process.
Gordon Shahin and hand removal.
Dennis Carroll
Dennis Carroll and wife Terre.
Ike Grinbaum and Gregory Graham hard at work.
Detailed cleaning was not performed due to time constraints except for main springs and capped jewels as these require specialized procedures.
(front to back) Tim, Glanzman, Gregory Graham and Ike Grinbaum.
Instructor Shaun Clarke assisting Ike on a problem.
Class was held June 4 -5 and had full capacity of seven students (Bob Holkin, Edward McDowell, Gordon Shahin, Dennis Carroll, Izak Grinbaum, Gregory Graham and Tim Glanzman) all of whom successfully ended up with a running watch  The main topic was to initiate students on complete disassembly, detailed part identification and reassembly with discussion and demonstration of watch tools and usage.  Click on the link at the bottom if you would like to read an article on the class.
2016 November Pocket Watch Class
On the weekend of 29-30 October, the second of the “Basic Pocket Watch Servicing” classes was held with a full class of six students (Stanley Pryor, Drew Lundgren, Frank Thayer, Gregory Graham, Wayne Denham and Joe Mixon) in attendance.  After coffee and kolaches, the class commenced with a short video explaining pocket watch operation followed by an exercise in grade and model identification.  The students were then lead through proper care and sharpening of screwdrivers and tweezers before testing their skills on a dexterity exercise.  The class quickly moved on to removal of the movement from the case followed by commencement of the disassembly process.  There was only one minor casualty during disassembly (loss of a minute wheel) and despite best efforts to locate the errant part on the floor, it was unable to be found.  Fortunately, a spare was readily available and work could proceed uninhibited.  Once disassembly was complete, the class moved on to a component identification exercise and inspection of the components for wear and damage.  The instructors then lead a brief discussion on cleaning processes and cleanliness during reassembly.  The first day concluded with a practical exercise of mainspring removal,  inspection/lubrications and reassembly.  Starting bright and early on the second day, the students were eager to continue with the reassembly.  Check processes during reassembly identified a few (normal) issues which were scrutinized and fixed.  Lubrication was completed and balances reinstalled, with all students successfully ending up with a running watch.  Basic regulation on a timing machine was completed before the movements were re-cased and the hands installed. (Shaun Clarke)
Shaun Clarke was the main instructor.  He is shown here monitoring students progress.
Parts identification.
Students to the left.
And, students to the right.
Darrah Artzner explaining how to sharpen screwdrivers and tweezers.
Procedures being discussed.
Pocket watch hands removal.
Group grope.
Class beginning breakdown of their watches.
Geoffrey Parker assisted in the instructions and also took part in the class as a refresher.
Looking over the shoulder of Gregory Graham.
Lunch time on Saturday.
Mainspring work area.  Not many tools but just enough.
Geoff discussing mainspring work.
Geoff giving mainspring demo.
Mainspring work.
Joe MIxon doing a quick clean of his movement.  Only a few needed this option.
Concentration was important and all students showed they had what it took.
Tim Glanzman, previous student, sat in for a refresher.
Comparing notes.
Tim Glanzman showed the class his framed account of the Chapter's previous project the Heights Tower 
Clock.  Fantastic!
2017 January Spring Barrel Class
This past weekend (Jan 7-8) Chapter 139 held a spring barrel repair class at Turn Key Coatings for four students. The class diagnosed problems that the instructors had installed in several movements. The class then discussed and compared the count wheel strike against the basic rack & snail movement, removed cleaned and replaced springs from a barrel, replaced teeth in a barrel, put a new spring hook in a barrel, put a new hole in a spring for the hook and rebushed a barrel. The class went very well Saturday until the Texans football game came on. That's when all interest went out the window. Sunday again was going smoothly until Giovanni served up his homemade pasta and meat sauce along with fruitcake and fresh pecan tarts. The class simply adjourned as it had completed its tasks anyway. Participants were Joe Mixon, Wayne Denham, Tim Glanzman, Brent Flanakin, Giovanni Santarsiere, Bob Holkan, Drew Lundren and Marcus Bush.  (Marcus Bush)

Marcus trouble shooting mvt
Marcus diagnosing mvt
Bob inspecting Drew Lundgren's new spring hook
Giovanni facing off a barrel
mega teeth replacement by Giovanni
more trouble shooting by Marcus
Wayne cutting replacement teeth
Wayne cutting teeth
Class enjoying Giovanni's homemade pasta
Joe Mixon trying to get class to focus on main topic.  Taking a Texan football break.
2016-17 Skeleton Clock Class
Last year a skeleton clock class lead by Del Rolison and Marcus Bush was initiated where students constructed their own skeleton clock. Pre manufactured components were used with the exception of the clock plates and a few other items.  This course enabled the student to hone his skills in layout and brass work and well as metal polishing.  The class was conducted over several sessions as most work had to be completed outside of the classroom.  Several students took advantage of using the Tech Session day to complete items under supervision.
Brent Flanakin in foreground.
Desmond and Bill.
Marcus assisting and Stan Pryor at the micro drill press.
This was the third class on the introduction to pocket watches in which students were taught how to disassemble and assemble a 16 size open face pocket watch.  This included the removal of cap jewels and main spring from the main spring barrel since these are critical functions when properly cleaning a movement.  Parts cleaning was discussed but not performed due to time constraints.  A standard watch movement was used (Elgin 7 jewel grade 291) so that everyone would be 'on the same page' throughout the course and since this particular movement is readily available for parts replacement in the event that any damage might occur during the process.  I am happy to say that Shaun only had to dig into his Elgin parts box once or twice primarily due to parts becoming air born during the assembly process.  I was surprised that several had problems installing the main spring arbor into the coiled end of the main spring.  So far, each class has had difficulty with completely different tasks.  I brought a large 5 pound magnet just in case this happened but, so far, have found everything by just crawling on the floor and looking.  It is good that some of the attendees have good eye sight.  The students did just great despite the fact that they had to work on tables (oh my back)  instead of watchmaker's benches.  However,  most used the available instructor work bench when dealing with the more difficult and tedious tasks.  No one complained.
The first day of this class was conducted at the same time as our usual monthly second Saturday Tech Session so attencdees missed out on a super presentation of watchmaker lathes by Tim Glanzman.  On the second and last day of class Tim came in and visited with us.  During our conversation with him we asked if he would repeat his presentation on lathes for the class as it was right on topic when we discussed watch tools.  He graciously accepted our request and gave a repeat performance that was just SUPER!  Thank you Tim.
Shaun Clarke giving introduction to class.
Students on the right.
Students on the left.
Beginning disassembly
Main spring winder.
Main spring arbor assistance.
Main spring instruction.
Shaun demonstrating the process of main spring removal and installation.
Close up view of main spring work.
Assisting Bob on main spring insertion process.
Another example of a main spring winder.
Shaun Clarke assisting Jack Barlow.
Is someone missing a part?
Our youngest student (16) doing a great job and showing us elders how easy watch work can be accomplished.
Tim Glanzman and his lathes.
Gathered around Tim's lathes.
Tim talking about lathe assessories.
Examples of different lathes that can be used by watchmakers.
March 2017 Pocket Watch Servicing Class attendees include (from l to r) Jack Barlow, Greg Stevens, Bob Turk, Shaun Clarke (instructor), Ike Grinbaum, Chris McDonald and Darrah Artzner (instructor).
2017 Introductory Pocket Watch Class