I want to thank everyone who made the trip out to the northwest part of town and participated in the annual Chapter Christmas party at Mary Lou Leason's home. There were more than enough snacks and side dishes to keep everyone busy eating before the main course. My favorite was the praline as it went with, well everything including the turkey, mashed potatoes gravey and anything else I could put into my face. I am sure Mary Lou appreciated the crew that stayed and helped clean up after the conclusion of the White Elephant exchange. And speaking of the exchange, did I tell you the one about a certain so-and-so that got a $25 gift certificate, lost it to another player, drew another one, lost it again, but took the first one away and could finally keep it? Ok, I won't say any more as it is a long story and had a sad ending for Becky B. Enjoy the pics.
Copyright 2010 NAWCC San Jacinto Chapter 139
400 Day Clock Class of 2009. Do you recognize anyone?
Xmas 2009 with host Chuck Campbell
Field Suitcase 105 - 400 Day Clocks 2009
Captions subject to change with assistance.
Clock and Watch Galleries
F103 Chiming Clock Suitcase Class completed this past weekend. Everyone forgot to take pictures.
2010 All Texas Chapters Regional
Saturday Evening Presentation
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Re Legacy: There are no pics of the clocks that were back in the recess, between the wall and front tables. Send 'em if you got 'em.
Xmas 2010 with host Dennis Bell
2011 February One Day Show
Skeleton Clock Presentation by Marcus Bush
Marcus Bush presented a super talk on the construction of a skeleton clock. He described each construction step in detail and provided several examples along the way. This presentation was a product of the Chapter's first skeleton clock construction class. Del Rolison was the lead instructor with Marcus assisting.
John Schmieg Master Woodworker and all around good guy presented Chapter members a wonderful presentation on clock case restoration. He was limited in his demonstration since he could not use chemicals but he got his points across very well. He stressed that any repair could be done with just a little know how as long as the proper materials were used. He also stressed that just about any supplies are available and it is just a matter of knowing where to find them. One of his favorite tools is a heating knife used to apply colored fillers to hide imperfections (worm holes, nicks and such). Refer to the Tech Session page for more.
2011 November One Day Show
Del Rolison gave a slide presentation on how to repair gears using a machinest lathe, self made jig and a little silver solder (5% silver). He then gave a demo of his techniques on a real application.
These shots show just some of the many clocks and other horological materials available to members. The tredle fits under a watchmakers bench to power a lathe.
2011 All Texas Chapters Regional
Main Exhibit - Marcus Bush chaired the special display of Fashon Clocks.
Special Exhibit - John Hubby displayed many key anniversary (400 day) clocks that were discussed during his evening presentation.
2013 All Texas Chapters Regional
Chapter Sponsored Silent Auction
Prep For Chapter Silent Auction
Photos supplied by Becky Bush, Patrica Holloway and John Trego
Our annual Chapter Christmas party was very graciously hosted by Connie and Michael Shourd. Upon arrival we were given access to any and all rooms in the home. There was not a room without a clock. Some rooms had many clocks. Some rooms housed very special clocks. Of the thirty-three attendees at least twenty-six were Chapter members. The buffet tables were adorned with fried turkey, baked ham and smoked salmon along with more sides, salads and desserts than you can imagine. The “White Elephant” gift exchange was very active with many gifts being stolen. Several gift items were stolen enough times to be considered “frozen”. Once again Gary Briggs opened more gifts than anyone. It seems that every time he opened a gift it was immediately stolen. Running a close second in stolen gifts was Ben Fulbright. Others in the room were begging for gifts to be stolen. The favorites of the gift exchange seemed to be two complete clocks and two 3 Lb. bags of chocolate candy.
Thanks again to our hosts Connie and Michael.
F501 Recoil Escapement Class
Nine members of Chapter 139 have completed the NAWCC F501 Field Suitcase Workshop. The Repair/Replace American Strip Recoil Escapement course was instructed by Fred Tischler.
The students were taught two methods for making new verges for American Recoil Escapements. Each student’s clock was to be working with either of the two newly made verges before the end of the second day.
Those taking and completing the session were: Roy Bryant, George Kabacinski, Stanley Pryor, Glyn Gibson, Joe Mixon, John Trego, Tim Glanzman, Gordon Shahin and Marcus Bush
The two day class was held at Turn Key Coatings, 8411 Rannie Road in Houston. Thanks Tim for providing your facility’s for our use.
Thanks to Joe and Fred for getting together and coordinating the class.
We can thank Nita Mixon for all of us leaving Sunday a couple of pounds heavier. She provided a wonderful apple and pecan cobbler Saturday followed by an equally delicious blueberry one Sunday.
2014 All Texas Chapters Regional
Main Exhibit - Tower Clocks
ALL TEXAS CHAPTERS REGIONAL
Hats off to all the Chapter 139 members who made this another successful Regional. John Trego, Mart Chairman and Marcus Bush, President, spent two and one-half busy days covering the Mart. Joe and Nita Mixon did a great job with the Chapter Sponsored Auction, Darrah Artzner, Avin Brownlee, Pat Holloway and Becky Bush handled the registration desk with ease. Hilda Norris not only kept the cookies going and the coffeepots flowing, but also managed to help at the registration desk. Stanley Pryor handled the mart room silent auction and Drew Lundgren did a good job running the ever popular “It’s for Free” tables. Ken Arnold and Sammy Johnson and their crew were applauded for their ease with the unloading (and reloading) items for the Mart Room. Tim Glanzman was always popular because he presented the door prizes.
We thank our speakers, Pat Holloway, John Acker, Tom Smith Jim Dubois and John Hubby. Jim was also kind enough to bring his tower clock for our exhibit.
And last but not least, you, the people that come from near and far to buy and sell clocks, watches and the parts that keep them running. It’s always good to see old friends and see what exciting treasures they bring with them.
The Chapter Sponsored Auction was once again great. The cash bar and free James Coney Island hot dogs helped everyone relax and wait to see if they were the winners of the items they bid on.
We had a good crowd at the breakfast too. NAWCC Representative, George Goolsby, was at the breakfast to speak about the Endowment Foundation and what it can mean to our organization. George also presented Tim Glanzman, a very active Chapter 139 member, with a much deserved Fellow Award.
One thing that may have helped the numbers at the breakfast was the presentation of $200 cash prize. No one was more surprised that George Goolsby when his number was drawn. He kindly offered to have the drawing done again. Jack Stoker, a familiar face at all the clock shows, won this big prize.
Another big prize was a free, two night stay including breakfast at the Marriott Houston Westchase Hotel. Tom Norris was the lucky winner of this prize presented in the Mart Room.
Frank Van Zant won the final big drawing for the $500 Mart Money. There were other prizes of clock books and smaller cash prizes given out to lucky people during the show.
After a breather, everyone involved with putting together this successful Regional, will begin planning for our One Day Show in November. Hope to see you all there. (Marcus Bush, President)
Silent Auction - some of the items that went to high bidders.
Photos courtesy of Darrah Artzner, Don Bugh, Becky Bush, Shaun Clarke, Patrica Holloway and John Trego
Chapter Sponsored Kitchen Clock Class - Feb 2015
This class was back by popular demand because we have so many new members.
The following members supplied the above photos:Marcus and Becky Bush, Nita Mixon, Shaun Clarke and Darrah Artzner
2015 All Texas Chapters Regional
In spite of all the rain that occurred during unloading and some during the event, this year's regional was very successful and was just about the same as last year in terms of attendance. More prizes were awarded during the Mart, presentations, demos and Breakfast. An amazing replica mantle clock cake was auctioned off and almost all items in the Chapter sponsored Silent Auction were sold. Demonstrations on screw cutting and statue refinishing were added to the great lineup of presentations, Silent Auctions and It's For Free! Activities. As an additional treat, the Lovett Elementary award-winning Art Car Parade entry entitled "Owl-ways a Good Time" was on display just outside the doors of the convention area for everyone to enjoy.
Main Exhibit - American Clocks and Watches
Pre Show and Registration
Big Prize Drawing and winners
This years Xmas party was different in that we had it at the site of the Heights Tower clock building rather than the home of a Chapter member. The reason for doing this was to give members a chance to inspect the recently renovated tower clock. Drew Lundgren (Pres) and company did a splendid job of scheduling catering for food and tables. Members brought desserts and White Elepahnt exchange gifts. Drew presented a plaque (shown below) for the clock to the owner of the building just prior to the exchange. However, he took it back stating that all clock repairers would be siging the back before it could be fixed to the clock. It apperas that everyone had a great time.
Mrs Shaun (Katrina) Clarke (VP) baked this wonderful cake that was auctioned off. Tim Glanzman and Gorden Shahin were the joint high bidders and presented it to the owner of the building, Jonathan Grenader, in appreciation of his generous donation to the Chapter to help defry costs incurred during the tower clock restoration.
Photos D. Artzner and B. Bush
2016 All Texas Chapters Regional
Chapter Sponsored Silent Auction
This was the best run Houston Regional of all time and hope everyone had a successful buying/selling experience. The weather treated us well and everyone seemed to be having a great time. Only one person thought we came up short by not having a speaker in the evening but, as I explained to him, we have not had an evening guest speaker since moving to the Westchase Marriott hotel in 2010. He could not believe it. Other than that, everything went well except the recurring problem that members continually ignore Regional policy of not buy/selling during unloading. Therefore, unless someone has an excellent solution, exchanging items next year will more than likely begin as soon as unloading commences.
Albert Rembaud assisted by Giovanni Santarsiere did an excellent job of assembling timepieces related to advertising and job related duties for the Main Exhibit and they along with members of the Board would like to thank those who provided items for viewing. It was a huge task for some as one item must have weighed at least a hundred pounds. Take a look at the photos in the section 'Main Exhibit; below to view those items and their contributors. I might ad that, although under advertised, some of the exhibited pieces were available for sale. I wonder if anyone took advantage of it? Contributors included: Ben Fulbright, Drew Lundgren, Shaun Clarke, Marcus Bush, Desmond, Geoff Parker, Darrah Artzner, Joe Mixon, Wayne Denham, Val Link, John Trego and Frank Thayer. Several presentations and demos hit the spot with their information on the varied topics that included professional question/answer session on the following horological topics: how to value wrist and pocket watches; why the Swatch company was and is so important to the watch industry; and how to successfully adhere glass and plastic for the production of cases and other items; duplicating wood moldings; a Chapter 168 meeting and presentation on torson clocks and making pivoting aids on the lathe. The Board would like to thank Ralph Pokluda, Richard Cox, Geoff Parker, Patricia Holloway, Gordon Shahin, Bob Holkan, John Hubby, and Drew Lundgreen for donating their time and knowledge toward this series. Chapter 139 has a reputation of educating members on many topics of horology and this is what it is all about. The Mart not only had several successful Silent Auctions and It's For Free' events but over on the far east side of the building Ben Fulbright was signing autographs of his book that was collated and produced by his friend Bob Holkin. The Chapter sponsored Silent Auction held in the foyer was, once again, highly successful. The 'Buy It Now' table associated with the Chapter sponsored Silent Auction in the foyer was new this year and highly successful. The breakfast Banquet was attended by over 60 persons that took the opportunity of the great buffet and pleasant company. Chapter President Drew Lundgren then introduced our National Representative George Goolsby who informed us of the state of the Association. Other Chapter representatives reported news on various topics then Drew introduced Marcus Bush who presented Darrah Artzner with a Fellow award for his contributions to the National and Chapter. The Silent Auction (SA) was very successful even though select items have been getting harder and harder to locate. Several members donated items and others spent much of their time servicing donated items by getting them in running condition and sprucing them up. The Board thanks them very much for their time and efforts. Nita Mixon and Shirley Tolbert ran the event as professional as ever and are to be commended for it. Joe Mixon did the dirty work of transporting the items and was assisted by Tim Glanzman and not doubt some other unidentified volunteers. The Board wishes to thank the Unloading crew headed by Ken Arnold and Sammy Johnson Jr. They and their crew did a super job and are carrying on the Houton Chapter tradition of providing a wonderful but thankless task. I too wish to express my thanks to them as that was my first task when introduced to the All Texas Regional way back when. I have since graduated to the duties of pre and regular registration, a task that cannot be performed by oneself successfully, and am greatful to have been assisted by Geoff Parker, Becky Bush, Hilda Norris, Carol Turk and Kerry Despaux. By the way, Geoff took on the job of Treasurer and headed all the cash flow this year including the acceptance of credit cards. He has brought some other ideas with him to the registration process and we will be implementing them over time. Stay tuned!
Photos courtesy of Becky Bush, Shaun Clarke, Patricia Holloway and Darrah Artzner
2017 All Texas Chapters Regional
Photos courtesy of Marcus Bush, Shaun Clarke and Darrah Artzner
THE RAIN DID NOT STOP AND THE SHOW WENT ON! We did however cancel all events for Saturday since Hurricane Harvey was getting close and dropping excessive amounts of rain on the area. We wanted all attendees that braved the weather to be safe and get an early start home. The Host hotel gave everyone a break if early departures were necessary and we thank them for that. Paid breakfasts were also honored at the hotel restaurant on Saturday morning. Thanks again Marriott Westchase. Overall, the Regional made it through ok even though some registrants decided not to show due to stormy conditions. We can't blame them for that. Someone suggested that we move the show a week ahead for next year but that is like fortune telling. We are good, but not that good!
The presentations were great and well attended; the Main Exhibit showcased automata and cuckoo clocks that ranged from alarm clocks with moving scenes to quail and cuckoo clocks that dated back to the mid 1700's; the Silent Auction went off without a hitch and bidders got some super bargains. Finally, Katrina Clarke presented the Chapter with a cuckoo clock cake that looked as though it could cuckoo at any moment. Chapter 139 Board wishes to express their thanks to all that worked, before during and after the show as well as all participants which includes the ones that really make the show, the buyers and sellers. Please take time and view the pics below.
Edward and Marnie McDowell had the honor and difficult task of hosting the Chapter Xmas party for the second year in a row and they were terrific! There were more than 50 guests and it seemed as though Marnie worked while floating on a cloud. I am sure that is not true but she and Edward did a splendid job and the Chapter truly thanks them for their support. The traditional White Elephant gift exchange was a hoot with plenty of laughs especially when someone looked for a gift to steal.
Please view the photos below and you will begin to appreciate the feast that was available for all and wonderful atmosphere that everyone felt from the host and hostess.