Clockworks Clock Supply Origin
Clockworks clock supply started out as Nepaug Clockworks in the mid 1940’s by Robert Tonkin. This was from a section called Nepaug in New Hartford, CT. Clock repair service from a barn near the house in Nepaug. Also working for a Jeweler that was across from the old Seth Thomas factory in Thomaston, CT.
Clockworks supply developments
In 1991 his nephew (me) James Stoudenmire took an interest in what he was doing and started to follow suite. Joining NAWCC in 1994 and was in full swing with clocks. Taking up a clock repair internship at Goldsmith Jewelers, owned by Ludwig Goldsmith in Wilbraham, MA. Also an apprentice for another clock and watch maker named Al Descorcy of Al's clock shop. Working for free but learning about more about clocks and repairing them. We would go to all the NAWCC shows that happened within a about 200 miles of us. At the shows we would watch the experts explain various things. Things like details about special clocks and how to re pivot and all this. Meeting other clock makers and getting there opinions on certain problem units and so forth.
The information age
Then came the internet in 1995, and Ebay to soon follow. Selling here and there on Ebay with the user name of clockworks. It stuck and we got pretty busy with it selling some of the large stock of parts we have accumulated. So the next step was to get a website, we were stuck with theclockman.com because clockworks.com was taken by a non clock person. Finally in 1998 was able to purchase the domain clockworks.com. More and more people got involved and now here we are.
When you have a clock that you like but its giving issues, this is the site for you. Together we can save the clock instead of getting rid of it. When people have a clock for a long time, and then get rid of it, it seems all they can think about is that clock. In other words when they have the clock, they do not think about it much. But when they get rid of it, it sticks in there brain they should have saved it. Whatever you decide to do is fine, but if you would like the clock to work your in the right spot.
These days we have a full stack clock repair center. We have industrial clock cleaning machines and various lathe setups. Using both Bergeron and KWM bushing devices and Gear cutters. We have maybe 1 or 2 thousand old clock movements separated by country of manufacturer and the maker. At the same time running the clockworks.com retail side of offering everything from moon gears to quartz clock hands to full tubular bell clock kits. We offer a complete line of mechanical and battery operated clock movements.
- If we need a part, we go to the next section of the building and get it, from either our retail supply or our antique supply.
- If we need to cut a gear or make a pivot, we go to another room and do it.