Great Grandpa’s Watch

A while back I posted some videos of old watchmaking factories.  The videos went through how those wonderful watches were made.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/two-old-watchmaking-videos/

I followed up shortly after with another post showing how a mechanical pocket wacth works.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/how-a-mechanical-watch-works/

Recently I inherited an ELGIN WATCH!! this watch had been my great grandfather Duthee’s watch back when he ran the hardware and feed store in Pullman WA. This is strictly a workingman’s watch with no frills or extras, just sound construction and good timekeeping. Here are some pictures.

I did some checking and found some databases with a bunch of Elgin watch information including databases with the production dates of every Elgin watch.

http://www.elgintime.com/Home/about

http://elginwatches.org/

The watch was fabricated in 1882 or 1883 and more than likely my great grandfather mail ordered it about that time.  He then carried it for the rest of his life and it was passed down to my grandmother and finally to me. It doesn’t currently run as I don’t have a key to wind it.  It needs to be cleaned anyway.  I hope to get it cleaned and make it my very retro daily timepiece.

 

 

The Viking Ship

Recently I ran into an old book about Viking ships dug up from burial mounds.  It was a small book from the Viking Ship Museum. I don’t know how I got it.  It may have come from one of my grandparents or from a book sale. Anyway I scanned a few pages.

These were remarkable finds back in the early 20th Century and greatly increased the knowledge of how the dragon ships went together.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viking_Ship_Museum_(Oslo)

http://www.khm.uio.no/english/visit-us/viking-ship-museum/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oseberg_Ship

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gokstad_ship

Of course, since then, replica ships have been built using the old techniques and sailed.  Sailing a vessel is the only way to understand how it functions and how well it does.  You can’t sail an ancient artifact and having a real ship to replicate makes the whole thing possible.  Here’s a stack of videos to watch.

 

 

Making BB8

BB8, the new Astromech Droid from Star Wars, The Force Awakens was a popular character from the second the droid appeared in a teaser trailer.  That popularity has only grown since and it’s inevitable that clever people would want to make their own.  Here’s a bunch of stuff on people making BB8.

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