Tuesday, December 15, 2009


Well I figured I'd put my 2 cents in about this whole Tiger Woods fiasco. So here it goes....

It was clearly only a matter of time before he put his balls in the wrong hole. He'd put them in many holes before but this was all types of wrong.

Personally I am a little disappointed. I am disappointed for two reasons. 1 - cheating is just shitty. I know 'shit' happens but come on. It can't be that difficult to stay faithful. I doubt he's getting drunk on a regular basis so he can't blame it on that. And to do it that many times? Weak. No one likes a cheater or to get cheated so it's hard to have positive thoughts about someone like that.

But I am not really sure I can believe all the allegations, nor have I read every article about it. Which leads me to number 2 - the media. I am plenty aware that it is the medias job to publish any and every possible thing be it true or not but it's just terrible to see how things can escalate. Granted he is the most popular man in sports, but who really cares? I could give less than two fucks about what he does in his personal life. I like him cause he's an amazing golfer not because he's an amazing person. I don't think he ever claimed to be a perfect person outside of golf. He's just that good at golf so 'oh well how could he do something like that, he's supposed to be a perfect citizen'. That's ridiculous.

So with that said I will continue to fully support Tiger. I don't respect the decisions he made off the course but I sure as shit want to see him golfing like he does. You can't say you don't like to watch a guy who can pull off shots like this just cause he cheated on his wife.....

Monday, December 7, 2009

I'm a real boy!

I'm a real boy

Ok I always have been but in the words of Pinocchio "I'm a real watchmaker!". But seriously I have actually made a real part that works in an actual watch. How about that. And it's a part that is used by the watch wearer to boot! Maybe this doesn't technically qualify me to be a full watchmaker just yet but hey, feels important to me so suck it!

So what part am I talking about you might be wondering now (if you haven't skipped to a much more interesting blog)? Well it's a winding stem folks. You know, that part that connects the crown you pull out to set the time.

The first two I made (the ones on the outside that look the same) are not really very common dimensions if at all for a real watch. But the one in the middle is fully functional in a 6497 movement. Which coincidentally enough is supposed to be the movement we are basing our school watch on (however there are talks of a completely original WOSTEP movement, cross your fingers!). So this was finally a project that had some more depth and purpose (not to discredit toolmaking in any way). It was nice to finish something that would serve a purpose in a real watch. Anyways, the one in the middle took me about 8 hours to make which seems like a long time but for the 3rd one made in my life I think it's a decent time. The one I made today (no picture) took about 6 hours so it's getting much easier. I was told some people take 3 days or so the first few times. I'm glad this wasn't the case for me since I am not sure I have learned the patience for that just yet!

Scaled picture. Measurements were within .03 mm everywhere on the bottom one. Except the threaded part which I left cause it didn't matter...

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Three Hundred and Sixty-Five

So I started a new project the other day. If you are familiar with photography there is this thing called a 365 Project. I think it was originally done by taking a self portrait every day for a year. But some people weren't into the idea of taking photos of themselves that many times so it turned into a "take a photo of something every day for a year" type thing. If you type 365 project on flickr I'm sure it will provide many results...

flickr 365

Anyways I took it upon myself to start a project of this nature. It will be based on time and watches and since I only have Nixon watches and have a fond liking of them, it will be mostly featuring just that. Hopefully I can learn a thing or two about photography and maybe some other things I can't think of.

Here is a link to my flickr 365 project:

Hope you like it!

P.S. I will post about watchmaking in a couple days, good news to tell!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Day Trippin'

Went on a couple day trips a while back and thought I'd share some pictures.

Vallorbe, Switzerland

Vallorbe, Switzerland

Vallorbe, Switzerland

Vallorbe, Switzerland

Bex, Switzerland

Bex, Switzerland

Bex, Switzerland

Bex, Switzerland

Montreux, Switzerland

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Finished projects

Here are some pictures of the projects I finished last week. The first is the polishing tool I mentioned before and the second is a couple staking blocks. Thanks Rob for mentioning about the plastic one in that forum. I whipped that one up in a couple hours. Just to let you guys know, these tools are not cheap to buy from tool making companies. The plastic staking block I made is bigger than the one you can buy from Bergeon and that one is $60. So I'm glad we are able to make some of these tools rather than buying them.

I have also started a somewhat new section in the course. It is still turning but now it is turning between centers. The reason for this is to create a lot more accuracy in small and important work like balance staffs and pivot gauges. It also makes it so you can remove the piece you are working on to measure and still be able to trust the centering after. This method seemed quite intimidating at first since you have to turn the piece by hand and use the graver with the other. It requires a lot of coordination but it isn't as bad as I thought. Here is a video of what I'm talking about:

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I says pardon??

Some great comments made in the sports world:

- "He dribbles a lot and the opposition doesn't like it. In fact you can see it all over their faces."
- "Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points, they almost always win."

- "Julian Dicks is everywhere. It's like they've got eleven Dicks on the field."
- "He had an eternity to play that ball... but he took too long over it."

- "These ball boys are marvelous. You don't even notice them. There's a left handed one over there. I noticed him earlier."

- "This is Gregoriava from Bulgaria. I saw her snatch this morning during her warm-up and it was amazing."

- "Sure there have been injuries, and even some deaths in boxing, but none of them serious."
- "He's a guy that gets up at 6 o'clock in the morning regardless of what time it is."

- "If history repeats itself, I should think we can expect the same thing again."

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Game, set, match

Most of you who know me well (hell even if you don't know me that well) know that I have grown a serious love for the sport of tennis. Well this love has increased even more. I got to attend an ATP tennis tournament last weekend in Basel. It's only a 500 level tournament so it didn't have all of the top players but it did however have the number 1, Mr. Roger Federer.

I had bought a ticket for the final back in April so it was a long wait. I took the train to Basel on Saturday and decided to go and check out the stadium. As far as I knew the tickets were sold out, but after checking things out for a bit, I realized they still had some tickets. Of course I couldn't pass up the opportunity to see Federer play twice in one weekend and got a ticket. Before I went in I was walking around by the players entrance and who pulls up and gets out of the car.... Mirka Federer! I thought it was pretty cool anyways.

The semi-finals was Federer vs. Chiudinelli. Chiudinelli is also from Switzerland so it was a good match to watch. Here are some pics:

Federer ended up winning 7-6(7), 6-3. Novak Djokovich won the other semi-final (he's ranked #3 in the world and the second seeded player in the tournament).

Here are some pictures from the final. Unfortunately Federer didn't win the final (he won the the last 3 years), but there was some great tennis played. One game lasted almost 25 minutes long!! (normally about 2-5 minutes). It was absolutely awesome to see live tennis. I will definately be getting tickets to the tournament next year and hopefully a couple other tournaments in Europe.

Djokovich played a great game

Both of these guys have unreal serves. Watching them serve 200 km/h to exactly where they want is awesome.

See you next year Basel!!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Handle this!

Just some photos of the handle for the polishing tripod. Designed everything myself. I had to design it so that the blue wouldn't get scratched off with the turning piece. I did this by making it a bit smaller so the cylinder rides on the outside only.


Comments are always welcome!

Thursday, November 5, 2009


Hey there. Here's an update on the project I've been working on the last 2+ weeks.

This is what it supposed to look like in the end. Obviously it will look much better than this but this is just a reference to get ideas from. We also have a book of the last groups projects to look at to get ideas from as well. It is a polishing tripod. It's what I have been using to polish the screws for the other projects and also for the screws for the one I'm making. The pictures are missing part of the handle that is used to turn the operating screw.

This is the base piece and was cut and filed by hand.

I had to make a holder to screw into the holes on the edge so I had a guide to file a nice round corner.

This is the sliding piece that goes in the middle. It is held by 2 screws.

Here is a few pictures from making the knobs for the height adjusters. This was all my own design and ideas based on the above example.

This is actually two pieces that are screwed together using the brass holder. I did this purely for a visual aesthetic so that if you screw the bottom holder up to the top one, the slots line up (this stuff is really hard to explain without showing in a video).

This is what the milling attachment for the lathe looks like.

And here is the piece after all 9 slots have been milled out. This splits into 2 pieces.

Here's a collection of some of the pieces for the tripod. Everything is kept in benzine so it won't oxidize. I also keep some parts in isopropanol alcohol. usually the polished parts.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Oops.... I did it again

Here's the finished pallet fork holder. The first brass plate I made was fine until I broke 3 0.30 mm drill bits in it. So I had to make a whole new one. It probably took about 5 hours to make the first one without bevels. But since then I have gotten a bit better at the process and this one only took 2.5 hours with the bevels (bevels take a long time). There aren't any holes in the plate for these pictures. There should be a few holes at the end of the blue spring so the pivot of the pallet fork can sit in but I'll just drill them later.