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Welcome to Issue No. 2 of the Memoria Technica Workshop Newsletter!

This newsletter includes updates about class offerings, featured conservation projects, new-making whimsies, and other workshop news.

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Yours sincerely,
Brittany Nicole Cox
Join us this Fall at the Memoria Technica workshop for beginner's level engine turning.

15% OFF

on materials for returning students
use the promo code fall

Come join us November 2017 for Engine Turning ! 

Classes are over two days from 9am - 5pm with a lunch break. Due to small student numbers, our classes offer one on one tutor feedback and optimal machine time.

Learn this fascinating craft on two early 20th century machines from the original Bulova watchmaking factory - a Lienhard rose engine and straightline machine. You'll also have access to the workshop library - with many books on the practice of ornamental and engine turning.

Beginner's Engine Turning | Tutor: Brittany Nicole Cox ($425) | Limited to 4 Students | November 12th & 13th | November 19th & 20th | Material fee: $15

This class provides students with a basic understanding of engine turning and simple pattern development. Students leave with a set of 5 brass guilloché medallions with different patterns. Often students will complete another simple project, such as a writing pen or pendant. Whether students are looking into watch dials, jewelry, or are just curious about guilloché work in general, this class offers a good foundation. 


Each class includes five 1 3/8" brass practice discs. All other materials are pay-as-you-go. If you have any special material requests please let us know beforehand so we can accommodate your interests. 

Click here to see photos from previous classes.

The workshop was recently featured by CNN's Great Big Story. It's a privilege to share my work with a wider audience that otherwise might not have the opportunity to visit my tiny corner of the world. 
Limited Edition Enamel Pins from Memoria Technica
The MADE Lathe pin just came in with the bird pistol set !
Singing Bird Pistol Set
I'm excited to introduce the new enamel pin series by Memoria Technica. Many of these pins commemorate some of the most fantastic creations in the horological field. I've started the series with the MADE lathe, the Memoria Technica logo, singing bird pistols by the Frères Rochat, and the illustrious Silver Swan Automaton by John Joseph Merlin & James Cox. Later pins will feature the work of the great magician Robert Houdin and others. Each pin is stamped with the Memoria Technica logo on the back and comes with two attachment points and black rubber clutches. Each is limited to 100.

The MADE lathe comes in at 55mm in rose gold with black hard enamel. Now Available! $18 

The Memoria Technica logo, designed by artist Katy Hargrove, is 50mm and made with yellow gold, and hard black and white enamel. Pre-order. $14

The pistol set comes with two matching pistols 35mm in length and different colored birds made with soft enamel, and yellow gold. Now Available! $20

The Swan set features the silver swan and his captive golden fish. The fish comes in at 28mm and is made with gold and red & black hard enamel. The Swan is 32mm in length and is made with polished nickel and hard black enamel. This set also comes with an optional chain back so that they can be linked as a sweater clip or collar set. Pre-order $20

Order here.

The new-making projects have been a huge success! Handmade mineral stands and drawing tops are now regular items available for purchase. The limited edition box sets pictured above have sold out, but not to worry! For those of you who missed it, I have another special release in the works.

In other new-making news, I am rolling out another series of spinning tops in partnership with fellow artisan David Lindow, (pictured at top). Crafted with semi-precious stones, brass, nickel silver, and African Blackwood, these tops are also made to carry pencils so you can use them to create spiraling patterns of color. 
The Sacred Geometry coloring book of engine turned patterns is still available for purchase online or at the workshop. I have only a handful of copies left out of a limited run of 300. You can also purchase an instruction book containing the formulas for reproducing any pattern in the book on a rose engine. Pick yours up here
In other news, The Memoria Technica Workshop is developing a HOROLOGICAL LECTURES SERIES in partnership with the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation at The Stimson Green Mansion.  

This series will feature guest speakers from many disciplines related to aspects of the horological field, including engine turning, ornamental turning, the art of the goldsmith, the orrery, mount making, and mechanical magic. A list of dates will soon be published here. 
Our affiliation with Atlas Obscura is still going strong. Classes include everything from engine turning to toy making! Check out the Seattle Obscura Society on Facebook for event announcements. 
Here's a snapshot from our first engine turning taster session with Atlas. Participants each had a thirty minute private session on either the rose engine or straightline machine, followed by a workshop tour. 
The next issue of our short run workshop magazine (zine) is in the works! This small hand made booklet containing conservation projects, featured objects, magic tricks, and other horological related facts and stories will soon be arriving to your mailbox. If you'd like to be on the mailing list, please subscribe here for $5 per issue, published 4 times a year. 
Last but not least, I am pleased to announce my forthcoming book with Penguin Publishers. It will be a non-fiction narrative following the journey of my career and the history of horology, including some of my experiences in managing the estate of Dennis E. Harmon and objects I have made and restored. I will also be featuring the work of some of my colleagues. I am very excited to share this story with you!
This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.

J.R.R. Tolkien
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