June 2013 Update

I haven’t made a post since April, and so as my exams have just finished I’ll give a quick update. Since April; I’ve finished my studies at the British School of Watchmaking and I’ve got a new job in the watch industry. I’ve also ordered a new lathe, watch timing machine and ultrasonic cleaner as …

Steel Square

Things I made at the British School of Watchmaking

I joined the British School of Watchmaking (BSoW) in September 2012. Everything shown below is what we made during the first 8 weeks. After this we spent time concentrating solely on making a winding stem, and then later a balance staff.   Wooden Oak Filing Blocks   Homemade Laquer   Plastic Barrel Closer   Steel …

School of Jewellery – Horology

I spent a year at the School of Jewellery (SoJ) in their horology class (2011-2012), before moving to the British School of Watchmaking (BSoW) in September 2012. When I first wanted to become a watchmaker, I knew that these were my two choices if I wanted to be a full-time student. At the time the …

BHI Technician Grade Exam – Practical Piece – Part 1

Every year 1st year BHI students are asked to make a clock component. It’s a two week exam, and has a reputation for being very stressful, difficult and harshly marked. The exam is different each year, although the main areas being tested remain the same: Make a post A collet A wheel or lever that …

The Future

In the Beginning

I came into watchmaking almost out of nowhere. At the end of 2010 I had returned to the UK from an 8 year stretch in China. While there I had spent most of that time running my own business selling oil paintings to overseas markets. I thought upon returning home that I would have potential …