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asked me, 'What are you doing here?' And I told her, 'I
don't know what I am doing here.' "
The couple talked it over and decided Sean's skills were
better suited to fixing clocks than doing inventory for a
packaging company. " He came home and we talked about
it and I said, 'you are never going to know if you don't try,' "
S&N Clock Repair officially opened Sept. 1, 2017 and
has never seen a slow time. " We get that a lot: 'I've been
looking for someone for years,' " Sean says. " This is supposed to be our slow season, technically, but it's not. It
hasn't slowed down. We got three calls this morning. We
got 11 clocks in this past week. "
The owners say they never know what will walk in the
door or what that clock will need. Sean proves this by
pointing out some of the dozens of clocks in need of his
skills. Each one has a story.
On a wooden rack is a rare movement powered by heavy
weights. " This guy is so old that when he was made, people
wore pointy hats and were mad at the British, " Sean says.
Where most clocks this size have gongs, this one has bells.
And where others might chime the hour and half hour,
the French makers added notes on the quarter and threequarter hour and it counts out the hours twice.
On another wall hangs an obviously homemade case.
This one is a real survivor. " He was in London, " Sean says.
" When the Blitz was going on, the Battle of Britain, it got
bombed out. The lady said her family made a new case
for it and they put the movement in the new case. So, it's
a homemade case with the old movement. It would have
been an ornate clock. It's what we call a spring-wound
Vienna regulator. "
On his bench, the movement from an Ithaca Farmers
Calendar Clock has been repaired so well it is ticking outside the case. This clock features a timepiece and a separate movement that moves rotary dials telling the date, day
of the week and month.
Sean moves on to an unusual tall clock. " This one was
made by John Getz in Munich, Germany in 1930. This
was a handmade case. He had gone to Gustav Becker and
bought the movement. He apparently was a cabinetmaker
or a casemaker. This would have been an even higher end
than the Gustav Becker - and Gustav Becker was pretty
high end. This is one of a kind. "
The grandfather clock features wood inlays across its
surface. In some places the veneer was bookmatched so
that the pieces mirror each other.
There's a pair of ship clocks, one telling normal time
and the other sounding out the bells of a ship's watch. Another clock has a glass panel advertising the " comfort and
security " of a Dobbs truss.
As the minutes go by, the constant ticking of clocks is
interrupted by the deep-noted gong or cuckoo as another
clock - set to different times no doubt for sanity's sake -
reaches the hour.
" It's kind of cool because of some of the stuff that comes
in, " Sean says. " Some are dream clocks, stuff I only dream
of getting. I get to work on them, play with them for a
while. They get to live here for a while and then I send
them home and wait for the next one. "
After repairing thousands of clocks he has developed a
process to get them fixed and back to their owners quickly.
Above: S&N Clocks includes Sean, Nancy and Dylan Barnes. Below:
Some of the many clocks on hand are displayed on shelves. Besides
making repairs, the business also sells clocks and movements.
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