The clock is one of the greatest human invention after the sun dial, the hourglass
and other time measuring devices.

In Europe, in the 17th century, the invention of the pendulum clock outfitted with weights
and pendulum allowed the limitation of time variation to less than a minute daily.

In America, the first pendulum clocks were made out of wood.
A Connecticut clockmaker from Plymouth, Eli Terry (1771-1852) set out to manufacture,
with the means available in 1803, more than a thousand wooden clocks.
He used the energy generated by a paddle wheel for his circular saws and other equipment.
Terry was considered a master of the trade, as much for the conception as for the method
and manufacturing techniques of his wooden clockworks.
He inspired other masters of the trade such as Seth Thomas and Silas Hoadley
and others of his colleagues.

The wooden clockworks of the time were easily manufactured and the least expensive.
They opened up the way to inexpensive brass clockwork which appeared circa 1835.


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