From a young age I loved to watch my father and grandfather tinker away on everything from cars to cameras. I was fortunate to benefit from my families’ passion for history and scientific instruments by being taken to all sorts of museums and exhibitions, which kindled a personal love of clockwork. For a secondary school work experience placement, I arranged to spend time with a local clockmaker and was stunned by the variety of mechanisms that exist. Each was a snap shot from the last 300 years representing the technological refinement and application of contemporary engineering principles all wrapped up in the design aesthetics of the era.

I decided to pursue clock making after school and was offered a place on the horology course at Birmingham City University alongside which I studied the British Horological Institute’s education programme.

I was thrilled to start on my official horological journey and was fortunate to be granted a bursary from the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers and the Ogden trust to financially assist me in my studies. I successfully completed both courses and subsequently was accredited as a Member of the British Horological institute.  I have been in the trade full time since leaving college over 10 years ago, and in that time have been able to work on everything from Grande Sonnerie Viennese regulators to intricate automaton.

More recently I had the incredible opportunity of being approached by a very skilled antiquarian horologist who offered act as a mentor to me on antique and complex pocket watches using traditional methods. Following this I have gained hugely from his wealth of experience and it has opened up an entirely new avenue of skills and techniques to learn. I currently work as an independent clock and pocket watch restorer on items for private customers, antiques dealers and as an out-worker for other horologists. I will always be refining my skills and broadening my experience on new projects. I feel passionate about my craft and to be entrusted with work which is both challenging and rewarding is a very special thing. It’s a career a plan to spend my life in and I look forward to encounter as many beautiful horological pieces as I can. 

 

This website is primarily an online portfolio but if you would like to contact me my email address is:

rlclockwork@gmail.com

 

Lucy Herbert