NAWCC Chapter 50 Puget Sound

The following News items are presented as a public service announcement to the general public and former NAWCC chapter 50 members.

We will no longer be NAWCC Chapter 50

I have some news to pass for our upcoming gathering in January 2022. We will no longer be NAWCC Chapter 50, the organization went into default, essentially no officers put into place to keep it running. Chapter 50 has provided 58 years of horological education to the Puget Sound region but time has changed and times are strange.

We will be a new club and no longer under the umbrella of the NAWCC.  For now we are calling ourselves The Horological Society of Puget Sound. We'll be collecting dues to support the new club and we're asking for $10, you will NOT need a NAWCC member #. The rent for the Grange is privately funded for the time being.

So what does this mean for you?

-Being a part of this club means no ties to the NAWCC, you are no longer required to pay National dues to belong here.
-We can have more choices on what we'd like to have at our Marts, vintage items not necessarily related to Horology.
-Expanding on the number of people in our club by looking outside non-horological areas.
-Growing a more diverse community of members.
-Club can be run with minimal effort, food and programs are club driven.
-Focus on a couple of all-day activities during the year for fundraising and education.
    *Silent auctions
    *Suitcase educational type seminar
    *Sponsor event club sections at Antique or Horological shows
Of course "you" the new club members have the say in what we do. Some of the ideas I listed above are only suggestions so lets discuss all of this at our meeting.

Sunday, January 9th 12:30PM (Pacific standard time)

Cedar Valley Grange Hall
20526 52nd Ave West
Lynnwood, WA 98036


12:30pm    Mart and Socialize
2:00pm     Wrap up and Cleanup
The Grange will be open at 11:30am for Mart setup and  preparation.
-Gary Myers will bring a hot dish of something, we'll make coffee too.
-Loren Noyes will run a 50/50 drawing.
-Robert Clemmer will be collecting club dues.

Cheers and Happy Holidays!


Engine turning classes at the Memoria Technica workshop

Note each class will have a maximum of 10 students you should register early to avoid missing out. Then due to extreme popularity there will be two separate Engine Turning I classes. all classes run for two days from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM.

We are presently accepting applications for our January/February classes. We also welcome inquiries for private classes in groups of up to 10 people and can accommodate most specialized projects.

David Lindow will be teaching at all classes is a specialist in use of both straight line and rose engine turning.

Introduction to Engine Turning I 

Geared towards newbies to the field. Whether students are looking into watch dials for jewelry, or curious about guilloche work in general, this class caters to individual’s interests via a variety of projects.

 Cost $300 plus a materials fee (not usually more than $30, depending on what materials and projects selected). We require a non-refundable deposit of $150 to hold the space with the remaining balance and materials fee due on the first day of class.

A more intermediate workshop, wherein classes include lessons on blank preparation, integrating divergent patters, and laying out work that requires multiple centers.
Cost is $300 + a materials fee (usually no more than $30, depending on what materials are selected). There’s a non-refundable deposit of $150 to hold the space, with the remaining balance and materials fee due on the first day of class.

We are presently accepting applications for our January/February classes. We also welcome inquiries for private classes in groups of up to 10 people and can accommodate most specialized projects.

Registration and additional information can be found at the link below.
Norwest School of Horology
Norwest School of Horology is a school specializing in teaching Watch Repair, Clock repair and Micro machining parts for restoring timepieces.  Watch Repair and Clock Repair classes are the same classes that were formerly taught as evening classes at North Seattle community college (NSCC), Seattle Washington.

The school's current curriculum consists of three primary classes teaching beginning watch repair, advanced watch repair and clock repair. Then depending upon the need special-purpose classes are offered from time to time. As example of one of the previous special classes taught how to replace the balance staff in a watch.

The beginners watch repair, watchmakers class is designed to allow hobbyist, amateurs and collectors or basically anyone with no prior knowledge of watch repair to gain basic knowledge on watch repair. Learning how to diagnose, disassemble clean reassemble and lubricate watches. The purpose of the classes is to allow those that graduate to move on to the advanced watch repair class where they will work at their own pace on their own watches. 

The advanced watch repair, watchmakers it is taught by Tom Payne a graduate of wostep. The class is open to those who have successfully completed the beginning class or those with some prior knowledge of watch repair. In this class the students continue their education into learning the repair and restoration of timepieces by following their own path of interest and working on their own watches. This is a nonstructured class allowing the students to work at their own pace.

The clock repair, clockmakers class is intended for anyone interested in developing the skills needed for the repair and restoration of timepieces. Learn how to identify and evaluate the condition of clocks while gaining hands-on experience in actual repair work. Get old clocks cleaned, oiled and running with individual instruction.

For class scheduling registration additional information visit the Norwest Voc'Tech school website.

On August 14, 2011 Norwest School of Horology (Norwest Voc'Tec) celebrated moving into their new location at the shoreline center by having an open house party combined with a National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors chapter 50 meeting. From the photographs you can see what an incredible success the open house party is as the otherwise spacious classroom was filled to capacity.
Tom Payne Tom Payne

Pictures showing the old classroom at Sandpoint Magnuson Park Seattle
Clock School photo 1 Clock School photo 2