October 13, 2010

Clock Works


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The Ayer Mills Clock Tower, in Lawrence, MA recently celebrated its 100th birthday.

A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to the organization that maintains the clock, and asked for permission to photograph the tower. After a brief email exchange and negotiations, they were kind enough to allow me to shoot.

This image is of the clock work gears in the clock house, looking out at one of the four clock faces. The faces of the clock are 22.6 feet in diameter, only size inches narrower than that of Big Ben.

The clock underwent a massive renovation several years ago. The original clock mechanism built by E. Howard & Company, was completly restored using many of the original parts (including the dominant brass gears in this image). The replacement parts were all machined by the Clock’s Caretaker, Charlie Waits.

Charlie was also my host for the 2 hour shoot. He’s a great guy, tremendously dedicated to his craft and to the preservation of this magnificent piece of machinery.

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  1. I’m a big fan of images of machinery and this one is very nice. Love all the gears and the arcs created by the gear wheels and the clock face in the background.