The time change this past weekend brings with it a chore for me that's really a drag. One of the million things that I mess around with in my workshop has been clocks. I know absolutely nothing about the brass geared internals of old manual wind up clocks, but I love the old cases.
Sometimes I'll find old clock cases that are missing the "guts", or have internals that are in really awful conditon. I"ll refinish them and fit them with quartz movements, some of which chime.
Its enjoyable work, and it led me to creating some of my own clocks from scratch, or out of parts that were never intended to be clocks originally ...
I've had to swear off of clocks, though. First of all, 'cuz I don't have room for any more in my house. Second, its a major bitch to have to take them all down, reset the time, and change out the batteries for the movements twice a year. All total, we have 8 clocks that require this at every time change, not counting the several more around the house that just "look pretty" - but that I don't bother to keep running.
I promise myself that I'll resist the next time that I see an old clock case with potential at a flea market.... but I think you and I both know how weak willed I am when it comes to old stuff :)
For those readers who are new here: If you're interested in seeing other odd things that I tinker with in the Workshop, click on the "Workshop" link in the "Labels" list in the right hand column of this page to see more.