Tony Bird said:Hi Dave,
Shellac chucks and Gravers.....OK so what do you do for a day job Tony?I retired from the retail trade five years ago. So the answer would be making models, not very profitable but the best job I have had so far.
The answer which I expect you have guessed is that after leaving secondary school at the age of fifteen I became an Indentured Apprentice in the watch, clock, instrument and jewellery trade. The workshop did repairs to all aspects of horology from 5 ligne Jaegers-le-Coultres to turret clocks and everything in between, including gramophones, musical boxes, cine cameras even clock work model toys. Some of the work was of national importance, thermographs for the local brewery! When I finished my time I went to work for the Buren Watch Company in Switzerland for a bit. On returning to the UK I became self employed which I remained for the rest of my working life. Finding repairing watches a bit boring I specialised in the repair of old clocks. This I did for many years before studying Gemology and gradually moving into the retail sector.