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JUNECLEAVER

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01-07-2014 02:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dial craft pinch waist grandfather clock

Hi, everyone,

Does anyone have any experience with the Dial Craft Pinch Waist Grandfather Clock, specifically plan/model #586? My husband picked up work on this project after a time lapse, and he is wondering if anyone has any tips in terms of movement, or the Dial Craft design style…or any information on Dial Craft at all?

I know I can rely on my LJ experts for help, as always!

Thanks so much!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York


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#1 posted 01-07-2014 03:27 PM

If you want help with the movement, look on the movement for the Make and Model. Also, you could try over at nawcc.org

Pictures of the clock wouid be entertaining.

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#2 posted 01-07-2014 03:31 PM

Thanks so much; I will forward your recommendation to my husband. I will definitely post some photos of this project! Thanks again!

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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#3 posted 01-08-2014 01:00 AM

Great photo of your dog.

Typically you build the case after you have the movement to ensure everything fits. I am unfamiliar Dial Craft but am assuming a narrow waist based on the model name. This could cause trouble with the pendulum bob hitting the sides of the case. Photos might help.

There are a number of possibilities, the features you want as well as budget will all play a part. Some time ago I posted the comments below which may be of help.

Quartz.
Quartz movements are not to be sneered at. Cheap, accurate, and easily replaced they are a viable option. They do lack the “soul” of a mechanical movement. If you want a fit-up, complete with bezel and crystal then it is the only option. If these were available back in the day I’m sure the Shakers would have used them.

Imported mechanical movements.
Asian movements are of quality to be expected. The German movements, primarily Hermle have a life of 15 years or so and then it is time for replacement. Over the years Hermle quality has had its ups and downs, the better ones can be overhauled but it is still cheaper to replace them. I am hearing a fair amount of grumbling on my horological lists these days especially with movements having the new style floating balance. If you want a moderately expensive mechanical movement for a clock of limited life then these are a fine option.

Higher grade mechanical movements.
There are few modern makers of high grade mechanical movements. The first that comes to mind is David Lindow. http://lindowclockmaker.com
His movements are superb and if you want to make an heirloom clock that will be passed on for generations then this is the way to go.

Refurbished antiques.
These require a little knowledge and someone to give them an overhaul, however when you are done you will have a clock that will last for generations as well. There are plenty of loose movements of all types on the various auction sites. The initial cost is usually quite reasonable but odds are you will have to spend some cash to get them running properly again. Something to consider if you want a higher grade movement that isn’t currently made.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#4 posted 01-08-2014 08:26 PM

Hi, Troy,

Thanks so much for all the great info! ( My husband just discovered that the company is Dalcraft, not Dial Craft, as I wrote in my post.) We are attempting to locate a Hermle movement for the clock…

I will post some photos of the clock; I think it’s finally standing!

Thanks, too, for noticing our pup; she’s really is a cutie!

Thanks again, so much, for all your help!

Best,
Michele

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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#5 posted 01-09-2014 01:20 AM

Michele,

You might try Butterworth Clocks or Black Forest Imports for the movement.
It has been years since I ordered one from either firm but in the past they were reliable and sold fresh movements.
Merritts might also be worth checking.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#6 posted 01-10-2014 01:56 PM

Hi, Troy,

Great; will do!

(Your photo reminds me of the Hitchcockian homage in that “Psych” episode with Mr. Yang…cool!)

Thanks so much for all your help!

Best,
Michele

-- Uptown Girl, Long Island, New York

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