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November 3, 2014 at 4:58 pm #49296
If I could achieve 1% of his skill, I would be extremely happy RESTORATION PROJECTNovember 3, 2014 at 6:12 pm #60165bernie weishaplParticipant
All I can say is wow. Not sure what he was doing with a couple of steps. The ones with the glass tanks. He sure did make that piece purdy. Anyway Chris if you are hoping for 1% I guess that leaves me at .25% to .5%. 😆 Interesting video to say the least.November 3, 2014 at 6:22 pm #60166
Bernie he was re-gilding or electro plating the plates after he had polished and texturized the finish.
I always wondered how they achieved that because on the brass movements I’ve worked on, they’ve all been stained, so to get out those marks, I’ve had to polish aggressively which removes the stipple look.
I loved his a ailing tool. I want his shop hahaNovember 4, 2014 at 11:29 am #60167
if you had done an apprenticeship in a watch factory and then spent as many years at it as Stephan has then you too would be where he is, I have no doubt about that. The fact you are a self taught watchmaker and seeing the kind of work you do is always amazing. You do a lot of stuff that so called “watchmakers” wouldn’t even attempt.
1% ? Nah, you already have at least 3.75 % of his skil
Paul.November 4, 2014 at 11:35 am #60168
OK Paul, what do you want 😆 I think you have enough lathes, tools, parts Hmm.. you need me to wash your car maybe
I heard that Stefan wasn’t always into watches, that he was an architect, not sure if that’s true or not??November 4, 2014 at 11:56 am #60169
I won’t blow smoke up your behind, I just state the facts!
There are some very talented people on this forum who have had to learn the hard way, mostly by trial or error. the fact that we all keep at it means we get better, we are always learning new stuff and this process is speeded up by some of the posts that appear here.
I miss David, i wish he would come back to the forum because that guy knows his stuff and we have all learned something from him.
We have Bob who has done “it”, when I say “it” I mean he has done almost anything you can think of with watches and clocks. Ok so he is very grey and knocking on a bit but having access to someone like him is priceless.
We are so quick to look at people like Stefan (correct spelling this time Chris ) and think wow that guy is amazing but you guys here are all amazing because you are all doing it and you want to do it properly, not just bodge it up to get it working.
Anything Stefan does you can do, don’t get me wrong, the guy is skilled but he had to learn how to do it and most likely was taught and shown how to do it, you lot are all working it out on your own.
Keep up the good work guys.
Paul.November 4, 2014 at 12:58 pm #60170namonllor1953Participant
You have a pretty extensive background yourself!!November 4, 2014 at 1:11 pm #60171
Both wrong, its Steffen! 😳
He started designing this watch in 1980 so he has been at it for at least 34 years! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ace8JClm0g0November 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm #60172Bob TascioneModerator
Steffen Pahlow does beautiful work and my feeling is that he’s one of the top watch restorers in the world. Very versatile and meticulous. Also he had enough sense to purchase and KEEP some great tools that are now very difficult to find. I enjoy his videos very much. His love for his work is obvious as he always appears to be happy when he’s working. He’s either whistling, singing or listening to music while he works. I wonder how large his work area is. In the videos I always get the impression that he’s in a small corner in his attic! Most likely just the narrow camera angle but looks like a cozy shop.
I consider Steffen one of the best and admire his work and passion a great deal.
Now lets see….this reminds me of somebody up here that also does meticulous work on watches (mostly American pocket watches), has a passion for anything to do with fine quality watches which is apparent cuz he never seems to sleep when he has a restoration project going. Always listens to music when he works and…nope, scratch that one, Steffen has hair.
I definitely think you’ve got what it takes to move up to that level Chris and that you are much closer than you think!
BobNovember 4, 2014 at 6:36 pm #60173Bob TascioneModerator
Thanks Paul! 😳
Haven’t done anywhere near everything with clocks and watches though, but can probably say I’ve had just about everything done to me by them!
You got the Grey and knocking on part right for sure though!
Also, I too miss David up here.
Adios for now and … Viva El Pahlow!
BobNovember 4, 2014 at 8:49 pm #60174randyParticipant
Steffen was my inspiration for working on a hand driven lathe.
I could “feel” the connection between himself and the lathe as I watched him work,…and realized that I too, would enjoy having that level of connection and control in my work.
I think that it’s great that we have Bob, and others who have gone before us..as our mentors….as most of us have not been trained at the bench in a school setting..these videos and even the interviews that are available to us via the internet are priceless IMHO…..but then I’m a hopeless romantic..
Ya’ll have eine gute nacht !November 5, 2014 at 5:46 pm #60175
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