Clock Fixers Now Facing High Noon

by Mark Friedman  on Monday, Apr. 1, 2013 12:00 am  

Daniel Patrick repairs clocks at Danwerke International in Little Rock. (Photo by Michael Pirnique)

“Because everything in that clock is continually working … and wearing,” said the 72-year-old Crane, who has been in business for 26 years. “To get some old things to run, sometimes you have to be very creative.”

Daniel, of Danwerke International, said one of the trickiest parts of repairing an antique clock is finding replacement parts — and that’s often impossible.   

“There’s no other choice but to hand-make the parts,” Patrick said. “There are very few parts that you can buy that you don’t have to hand-make.”

And every gear made has to be precise, or it will throw off the time, he said.



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