|Owner and chief repairman for
Williamsburg Clocks, Keith trained as an apprentice clock-maker for seven
years, working in a busy clock repair business in California. There, he
also learned to repair and restore all types of music boxes, player
pianos, and organs.
After completing his training, Keith and wife Louise moved to Williamsburg in 1993 and started Williamsburg Clocks in 1996.
Keith has a great passion for clock restoration, and his philosophy is simple: clocks are meant to run and tell time. He believes historically important clocks can be sensitively restored and kept in working condition, just as the great clock builders of the past would have intended.
Keith's range of skills have brought him some interesting opportunities.
|He has worked on some exceptional
pieces of horological history. Many of these pieces date from the early
years of the development of American clocks, and many have unique designs
and innovations. He has recently been involved in an ongoing restoration
project for a local collector who is a former president of the NAWCC.
Keith has also repaired or restored clocks for Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia State House, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Richmond's Agecroft Hall.
In his spare time, Keith is a professional musician, amateur writer, and gardener. He plays organ for Trinity United Methodist church in Newport News and sings in a barber shop quartet. Keith occasionally finds time to grow his own vegetables, and he is completing work on an Italian harpsichord.
|Jim, our cuckoo clock specialist, came to work
for Williamsburg Clocks in 2001. Jim took up clock repair after his
retirement from his career as a quality assurance engineer.
Jim also undertook an NAWCC Clock Repair Course at their College in Columbia, Pennsylvania. The course augmented his skills at assessing and repairing cuckoo clocks.
In his spare time, Jim sings in two barber shop quartets, and he is a member of the Rotary Club.