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n. A person who makes clocks.


n. someone whose occupation is making or repairing clocks and watches [syn: clocksmith]


A clockmaker is an artisan who makes and/or repairs clocks. Since almost all clocks are now factory-made, most modern clockmakers only repair clocks. Modern clockmakers may be employed by jewellers, antique shops, and places devoted strictly to repairing clocks and watches. Clockmakers must be able to read blueprints and instructions for numerous types of clocks and time pieces that vary from antique clocks to modern time pieces in order to fix and make clocks or watches. The trade requires fine motor coordination as clockmakers must frequently work on devices with small gears and fine machinery.

Originally, clockmakers were master craftsmen who designed and built clocks by hand. Since modern clockmakers are required to repair antique, handmade or one-of-a-kind clocks for which parts are not available, they must have some of the design and fabrication abilities of the original craftsmen. A qualified clockmaker can typically design and make a missing piece for a clock without access to the original component.

Clockmakers generally do not work on watches; the skills and tools required are different enough that watchmaking is a separate field, handled by another specialist, the watchmaker.

Usage examples of "clockmaker".

Produced by Andrew Sly The Clockmaker or The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick, of Slickville, by Thomas Chandler Haliburton.

The Clockmaker was evidently excited by his own story, and to indemnify himself for these remarks on his countrymen, he indulged for some time in ridiculing the Nova Scotians.

He appears to be such a shrewd, observing, intelligent man, and so perfectly at home on these subjects, that I confess I have more faith in this humble but eccentric Clockmaker, than in any other man I have met with in this Province.

The next morning the Clockmaker proposed to take a drive round the neighbourhood.

The Clockmaker had entered the final stages of an extensive overhaul of the two-train Neuchatel movement.

The Clockmaker did not know his name, only that he was wealthy and politically connected.

He recited a telephone number, which the Clockmaker committed to memory.

The Clockmaker pulled on an overcoat and hat while the face of a dead man eased slowly into view.

The Clockmaker, though he spoke no Italian, assumed them to be Vatican bureaucrats.

A tourist thrust a disposable camera toward him and pleaded, in some indecipherable Slavic tongue, for the Clockmaker to take his photograph in front of the Vatican.

The Clockmaker, though he had few interests other than antique timepieces, knew that this pope was a rather controversial figure.

The Clockmaker walked the cracked pavement, searching for the address he had been given earlier that morning by telephone.

The Clockmaker, though raised in a strict Austrian Catholic home, wondered what would compel a person to pray to a statue.

The Clockmaker, even from several paces away, could smell his offensive aftershave.

Then he led the Clockmaker through a doorway and up a flight of rickety wooden stairs.