NAWCC Chapter 135 Mount Rainier

Mount Rainier Chapter 135 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) is a group of 25-30 individuals who share a common interest in horology, the art and science of timekeeping.  Membership is comprised of individuals who collect watches, clocks or both.

While membership is concentrated in the Seattle-Tacoma area, members come from all over the greater Puget Sound region to attend meetings and some belong to more than one NAWCC chapter.  Meetings are usually held in the afternoons of the first Saturday of each month, include spouses, and are (typically) held in member’s homes.

Each meeting consists of a social hour (with refreshments), a brief business meeting, and a program.  Programs may include discussions of horological topics from the technical to general interest items.  At other times, a “Show & Tell” is held where members take turns showing items and briefly discussing them.  At many meetings, a “Mart” is also held where members may bring items available for sale or trade.

Chapter Officers


Jerry Cooper

Vice President



Chet Ekstrand


Jack Goldberg

 Saturday 2014 MEETING


Saturday,  November 1, 2014


1:00PM - Social Hour
2:00PM - Business Meeting and Program
Mart space will be available.


Gold Leaf Restoration–Nancy Thorn (Master Gilder):

Nancy Thorn

• Gold leaf restoration brings the medieval art of gilding into the modern age. Gilding, which is the painstaking application of a thin metal "leaf" or film to a wide variety of surfaces, is often valued for reasons of historical accuracy, as well as the uniqueness it imparts to modern objects.

• Nancy will discuss the history of this unique art and science and will then conduct demonstrations including:

o How to clean surfaces for application

o Techniques for both oil and water gilding

o Note: If you have a piece that needs restoration of gilding, bring it and Nancy may use it in her demonstration.

Nancy Thorn, a Master Gilder, is a gilding conservator and consultant for museums and collectors. She has owned Gold Leaf Restoration in Portland, OR since 1980, where she makes authentic period frames and specializes in conservation and restoration.

Nancy was introduced to gilding via a student of Daniel Thompson Jr., who taught at Yale in the 1930s and translated several important tomes on medieval painting techniques. Soon after, Nancy trained under two of the East Coast's foremost gilders, Boston's Nils Johnson and Connecticut's Bill Keck, spending several years under their tutelage.

She was a senior conservator and gilder on the Salon Doré (of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco) restoration, and her work is in the permanent collections of the Seattle Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, Pittock Mansion, Olympia State Capitol, Harvard Library, and New York Philharmonic.

For 30 years, Gold Leaf Restoration has been at the forefront of bringing the medieval art of gilding into the modern age. Gilding, which is the painstaking application of a thin metal "leaf" or film to a wide variety of surfaces, is often valued for reasons of historical accuracy, as well as the uniqueness it imparts to modern objects.

Restoration projects range from fully gilded or parcel gilt picture and mirror frames, to clocks, furniture, musical instruments, architectural elements, and more.
Her Gold Leaf Restoration Studio is Located at: 544 S. E. Oak St., Portland, OR 97214 and her website is


Snacks and beverages will be served!


To allow ample time for Nancy Thorn’s Program and for viewing of the Baudino clock collection, only a brief meeting, primarily focused on planning for 2015, will be held.


Ample mart space will be available


If you would like to attend this meeting e-mail the chapter secretary for directions

Meeting Schedule  2014

January 4
Introduction to 3-D Printers
by John Runciman
Location Seattle, WA

February  1
Unusual Horological Tools and Their Uses
by Stan Mueller & Norm Nelson
Tacoma, WA

March  1
Extreme Amateur Timekeeping from Harrison to Einstein
Tom van Baak
Issaquah, WA

March  22 - 23
Seattle Mini Maker Faire

EMP Museum
Seattle , wa

April 5

Program  Character Watches
by Julia Mueller

Tacoma, WA

May 15, 16, & 17
Pacific Northwest Regional

New Location - Hotel Murano (Formerly Sheraton)
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma Washington 98402
United States

June 7
Program Early Experiences in Watchmaking
by David Danielson
Show & Tell
Rare Finds at the Regional
Location Lake Forest Park, WA

July 13
Host Chapter 50

Program Hans Dahlke
The Howard Watch Advertising Campaign

Location Edmonds Senior Center

August 2
Program  Show & Tell – Men’s & Ladies Dress Watches
Location  Kent, WA

August 10
Multi-Chapter BBQ
Location  British Columbia BBQ


Puyallup Fair
Washington State Fair
Clock and Watch Hobby Hall Display

September 20 21

Multi-Chapter Meeting
Host Chapter 53

Registration Form

Location Connell Washington

October 4
Worshipful Company of Clockmakers
Art Miller
Location Mercer Island

November 1
Gold Leaf Restoration
Nancy Thorn
Location Spanaway, WA

December 6
Bi-Chapter Christmas party
Chapters 50 & 135

Host Chapter 50
Seattle, WA


National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors

British Horological Institute

American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute

Chapter 31 Pacific Northwest

Chapter 50 Puget Sound

Chapter 53  Inland Empire

Chapter 180  Friends Of The West Coast Clock And Watch Museum

Washington Watchmakers - Clockmakers Association

West Coast Clock & Watch Museum

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