Adjusting Common

Clock Escapements


Workshop Dates: July 14 - 15, 2018

From 9AM to 5PM unless otherwise noted.

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Prerequisites:  CR100 and CR200 (or equivalent)

Introduction: This two-day course will cover the finer points for proper adjustments of both deadbeat and recoil strip escapements generally found in open spring-driven clocks.

What you will learn: How to make adjustments to strip deadbeat and recoil escapements to optimize their efficiency.  Students will learn how to evaluate and correct escape wheel irregularities and how to troubleshoot and correct verge problems.

What you will need: Each student will be provided a deadbeat and recoil movement as an aid for learning the functioning of these escapements.  In addition, students are encouraged to bring up to 2 of their own American movements to work on to expand their understanding of these escapements.

Tools you will need: See tool list.

Note: The cost of this two-day workshop will be $70 and all classes will meet at the Founder's Building, 701 S. Main, Grapevine

Instructor: Kelsey Downum



Class Description

SR-200 – Adjustment of Common Clock Escapements.  Two days (9 AM to 5 PM).  This class is designed to introduce students to the adjustment of strip escapements that are found in most American and some European clocks. Through a combination of lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, students will be shown how to differentiate between recoil and deadbeat escapement types, the basics of how each works, and how to adjust for efficient escapement operation. Other topics to be addressed include: how to correct escape wheel irregularities and troubleshoot verge problems.  Students will be provided with 2 American-style movements (one recoil & one deadbeat) to learn basic escapement functioning and adjustment.  In addition, students are encouraged to bring 2 of their own American movements to work on.  The movements should have been recently serviced with open mainsprings and outside-the-plate escape wheels & pallets – one of each type would be preferable.  These movements should include all working parts – pendulum, springs, suspension, etc. Students are asked to bring tools recommended for CR-100 and CD-200.  (A specific list may be provided.)  Pre-requisites: CR-100 and CR-200.


SR-200 Recommended Tool List

In addition to the tools recommended for CR100 and CR 200, students should plan to bring the following:



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