- - how much work the old-time watchmakers put into decoration when you look at to-day's stamped out parts. Not too far from me (about 40 miles away, is an old time watch and clock guy (Mr Tubecki) who still makes clocks by hand. As you pass his window, there's always a completed clock - maybe a carriage clock, or a dome clock, or similar - and there's always a work in progress as well. I cannot help but look, and I often pop in, and there he is, (like Gepetto) working away on a clock or a repair.
He sells a few watches and made clocks, but his love is making them - he tells me it's a paid for hobby and has been for over 45 years. The clocks he makes are gorgeous and sell for thousands of ŁUK [pounds]. All of his parts are decorated and any rerasnably sized parts are signed and with a number relating to the clock concerned. A true craftsman who is a joy to watch, delicately filing a tooth on a gear train with maybe two or three different files all the whilst talking away - wonderful!
One of the last of a breed I would reckon, after him it will be hobby-ists ONLY who scratch build clocks starting with a sheet of brass and some rods! I don't know his first name, but even if I did, I think I'd still call him "Mr Tubecki" simply out of respect for his skills!
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