Begin fabrication of pendulum balance
assemblies-the arbors, October 2008
Below are rough blanks for the balance assemblies. These compose the 12
antifriction wheels, their support plates and center/end arbor support spacers.
Next are the rough blanks for the multiple arbors. Following photo is the
initial assembly without the antifriction wheels.
First shot shows the center spacer to stiffen the arbor assembly that will
hold the antifriction wheels as well as the pendulum balances. In the right hand corner is
a similar, smaller spacer that serves as the end supports for the arbors that will act as
the fulcrum point for the antifriction wheels. Provisions for the jeweled chatons are made
at this point. Notice the drawings under the assemblies. These are made just prior; as the
Rough antifriction wheel blanks are now assembled and checked for fit
within the plates as well as around the fulcrum point in the middle of the wheel
First photo shows assembled balance arbor system in background. In front
the inner fulcrum arbor removed from the antifriction / pendulum balance arbor. Next photo
shows fabrication of final arbor dimensions and decoration.
Below is a close-up of the feet where the arbors meet the brass plates.
Final dimensions are now complete. Notice the decorative knops in the
middle of the arbors as well as the feet. This part of the assembly is not very prominent
and it would have been easier to have left the arbors plain; avoiding having to make the
decorations and trim down the diameter of the balance of each arbor. This is one example
of attention to detail that will make this clock stand out from other contemporary made