Okay. It's official. I'm now a "radio photographer." Collecting these pics was great fun. I stopped in a watch/clock shop in Old Town Kensington, MD. The watch repairman, Yakov (referred to as a "watchmaker" by his colleagues at the counter), was kind enough to let me peer over his shoulder while he worked. He even gave me a little advice for keeping better time on my own watch. In this day and age, when so much of our technology is built to be tossed when it quits - not repaired - I find it darned reassuring there's still a man like Yakov in the world, making the old new again.
Kensington Clock & Watch Repair in Old Town Kensington, MD
Watchmaker Yakov works at his desk, in the corner of one of the shop's tightly packed showrooms.
Yakov at his desk, surrounded by plastic containers brimming with watch faces, hands, and wheels.
Containers of watch parts stacked in the corner of Yakov's desk.
The view from Yakov's desk. Most of these grandfather clocks are new and years away from needing his expertise.
The turned urn finial of a grandfather clock. In the background, some of the dozens of hanging clocks in the showroom.
Watchmaker Yakov at work refurbishing a wristwatch.
Working on the solid gold face of an antique pocket watch.
A petri dish of watch parts, always close at hand.