McCarty Clock Restoration
I have been living and working in Philadelphia since returning from spending two years
studying antique clock conservation at West Dean College,West Sussex, UK.
I earned two post-graduate diplomas in antique clock conservation ('05 & '06) as well
as graduating from the British Horological Institute ('06) where I won the South Branch
prize for the best practical piece.
West Dean is a small (50-60 full-time students) college located on a 6000 acre estate
in the beautiful West Sussex Downs that specializes in conservation/restoration arts.
There are a variety of programs, each one with separate expert tutors and purpose-built
workshops. There are a maximum of 8 clock students per year and entry requires
a bachelor's degree and passing a rigorous day-long practical test.
I have restored clocks for many local institutions including the following:
The Philadelphia Club
Additionally, I have restored 7 Stretch family tallcase clocks including the two in
Independence Hall and the Dietrich American clock which is on display in the
Early American Art galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Please note that there are unscrupulous people out there who claim to have
"West Dean horological education" who have never attended or earned degrees
from the college. The college is housed in the original manor house on the
estate and hosts many different conferences and short courses, mostly completely
unrelated to the diploma programs. It would seem obvious that attending a conference
sponsored by a group unaffiliated with West Dean does not make one
"West Dean educated" and anyone claiming so is, to put it mildly, 'making stuff up'.
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