John Harrison, Clockmaker Extraordinaire

This post is a dive into the stories of the clocks described in the book Longitude by Dava Sobel. I previously posted a book review of that book, so to skip the fun information on the clocks and go straight to the book review, go here. The book chronicles the various approaches of clockmaker John Harrison (1693-1776) and his eventual handmade solutions to the problem of determining one’s longitude at sea. In this post I’ll be talking about his clocks and what made them unique. John Harrison was not a prolific clockmaker. He is famous only for his five clocks that … Continue reading John Harrison, Clockmaker Extraordinaire

Amelia Cuckoo 3: United we Stand

Tonight was the crucially important first U.S. Presidential debate of for the 2016 election and you know what that means! Yup indeed, Ignoring the sad state of humanity and playing with clocks. I’ve gotten her quite spruced up since that first day I took her out of the box, and I’m happy to say that none of the mechanical parts seem to be broken. The hands, dial, and decorative wood are broken but those aren’t really what I’m here for anyway.  It took a while to figure out how all the pieces fit back together (see last week’s picture) but … Continue reading Amelia Cuckoo 3: United we Stand