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“Deteriorating situation” of American time-telling, as historian Michael Downing put it in his book “Spring Forward,” is the reason millions of Americans will set their clocks back this weekend for daylight saving.
In this world of gigabytes, downloads and digital this and that, George Ward is more at home with tuning eyes, vacuum tubes and condensers. Ward, 77, is an old-time radio man.
Street clocks have existed in the central core of American cities since the mid-19th century. Also known as post clocks, these time pieces – with one, two or four faces – have most often stood outside jewelry stores or banks.
In a garage in Medical Lake, machinery and tools have taken over. There is a planer – a woodworking machine for making boards of equal thickness – table and miter saws, a router table, a dust collector, various hand tools, and many types of wood. This is where woodworker Jim Everman satisfies his need to make things. A fan of the Arts and Crafts movement, Everman builds clocks, furniture, mantles, and cigar box guitars.
A favorite from the 2007 video archive: He says he doesn't know everything about clocks, but certainly, Nat Williams has enough knowledge to write a book. From repairs to the history of time keeping, Williams can spit out the facts with a rhythm that rivals his most accurate time pieces.
Once again the old calendar on the wall says it’s time to change the clock, trading an hour’s sleep for more evening sunshine.