By Ruth Clagan, from Clock and Dagger by Julianne Holmes
The Cog and Sprocket has been in my family for years. My great great grandfather built it, and the clock business, over a hundred years ago. He was a great clockmaker, according to family lore. That seems to skip generations. His son, Harry, wasn’t quite as talented, but he was a good businessman who got the shop through the Great Depression. He may have gotten Orchard through Prohibition creatively, but that’s a story for another day.
My grandfather, Thomas, was Harry’s son. I called him G.T. for Grandpa Thom, since he didn’t like me calling him Grandpa in the shop, and when I was visiting I was in the shop all the time. G.T. was a great clockmaker. His son, my father, not only did not inherit the gene, he left the family business behind as soon as he could. I’d like to think I did inherit some of G.T.’s skill. He certainly encouraged me, sending me to school in London to hone it.
When I took over the Cog & Sprocket, the upstairs apartment was being used for storage, and the downstairs hadn’t seen a coat of paint in years. I had six weeks and a small budget. Time and money were offset by lots of help. Lots of it. My friends Rick and Steve came up from Boston every weekend. Ben the handsome barber and Pat Reed used talents I don’t even think they knew they had. Caroline and Flo oversaw recovering all the furniture, even though I don’t think Caroline approved my fabric choices. I did keep Flo away from choosing paint colors. I can only imagine what she’d come up with!
So, did we refresh, restore, or renovate the Cog & Sprocket?
Yes. And I love it. What do you think? Clock and Dagger has some of the details!
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