Friday, February 28, 2014

A look inside Dug North's clock repair workshop

As some of you know, I made a career change last summer. I decided to switch from a computer-based job to one that was more in line with my passion for mechanical things. When I was given the opportunity to learn and do clock repair as a full time job, I had to take it. It's been an exciting and busy six months for me. I'm glad I took the leap.

Another milestone was passed back in December of 2013 when I decide to lease a space that is accessible to the public. To that point, I had been working out of my work/live condo space. That was fine for doing the work itself, but less than ideal in dealing with repair customers. I had also been buying clocks at yard sales, online, and at auctions. I have been fixing these clocks up in order to sell them. Needless to say, the foot-traffic through my condo was not all that high, nor did I want it to be. So, the new studio space in The Gates Block building in historic downtown Lowell seemed like a good fit. Here's a photo of the new space:

many clocks on a wall

Recently, a reporter and photographer from The Lowell Sun newspaper paid a visit to my new clock repair shop. They produced the video you see above during the course of our time together. In it, you'll see some of my automata, some of my clocks, and some of my beloved tools.

If you've got any questions or comments, please let me know. It's been difficult for me to stay as on top of this blog as I have in years past, and I'm sorry about that. As my proficiency at clock repair grows and as I get used to running my own business, things will even out again. In the meantime, I can't thank you enough for continuing to visit The Automata / Automaton Blog and for supporting my various enterprises.

-Dug North

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Anonymous Allan A. said...

I could watch the ogre diorama for hours and still be intrigued like a child.

February 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice shop. Good luck and best wishes to your new career and business.


March 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Thanks, Allan! That means I have succeed.

March 2, 2014 at 10:40 PM  
Blogger Dug North said...

Thank you, Charles! I really appreciate it.


March 2, 2014 at 10:41 PM  
Anonymous Fred said...

Thanks for sharing the shop tour. I wish you the very best of luck in your new venture.

March 4, 2014 at 7:33 PM  

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