Based just outside the York outer ring road just off the A64 near to the village of Huntington in a purpose built and centrally heated workshop, Steven Popple has been carrying out clock restoration for many years.
Equipped to work on all kinds of clock restoration projects from the very small to the very large, we have previously been commissioned to work on Carriage clocks, Grandmother clocks and grandfather clocks.
We have worked for over 20 years in clock restoration and maintenance. Winding clocks need overhauling about every 3-7 years. The environment in which the clock is used plays a big role in how long it will run between overhauls. As dust gets in the movement the oil becomes an abrasive paste which causes wear. The longer the clocks run in this condition the more repair it will need. Most antique clocks have heavy weights or springs which will run the clock for several years after the oil as gone bad, causing severe wear to the pivots and pivot holes. If your clock stops and you spray it with oil to make it go again it will continue to wear badly because it is still dirty. Shortcuts like cleaning the movement whole, even when using an ultrasonic cleaner cannot properly clean pivots and pivot holes.These techniques merely postpone the need for a proper overhaul.
Steven have been undertaking clock restorations since 1986 when he began this apprenticeship with Shaw and Riley, Cabinet Makers, then moved on to work with Farquharson and Baume, Antique Restorers and Upholsterers in Thirsk, later moving on to run the restoration workshop at The Main Pine company, and then finally on to run the workshops for French House Antiques. He also spent some time working with Andrew and David Podmore when they were based in Foss Gate, York.
Another member of the team, Ben began his apprenticeship at Tomlinsons Antiques, working for Period Furniture in their Antique Restoration department, he then moved to become part of the team at French House Antiques and later joined the Antiques Restoration team.
Tom joined us in July of 2012 and is our apprentice, he is learining the trade and he is making very good progress, he is studying for his City and Guilds Antique Restoration award with North Lancs Training Group.
If you are looking for a clock restoration call 01904 400728 for a FREE No Obligation quote or fill out our online contact form.