|In his youth, Francis Brodie enjoyed making clocks out of Meccano and fell into horology as a career after a spell of unemployment. After training at Hackney College, he worked for a number of museums including The Museum of London.
He began teaching Clock Repair classes after filling in for an unwell friend, and has been teaching now for over 25 years. He joined Loughton College a decade ago and was teaching the BHI Course, specialising in the Theory elements. He became the first tutor at EFHC when it was founded, and has helped to develop the Clockmaking section.
When not teaching he works to maintain and preserve a range of private and public Clock Collections.
|Jon Woods teaches our beginner’s watchmaking course. He comes from an engineering and tinsmith background. He qualified as a teacher and group facilitator whilst working in detox and rehab units in London.
His passion is learning how things work; teaching himself how to build computers and mending laptops to watches, clocks and cars.
His favourite make of watches are Roamer and Favre-Leuba from the 1950’s and 60’s
Watchmaking has taught him, amongst other things, discipline, patience and perseverance and enjoys passing on his skills and knowledge to his students. The history behind every watch and the moments they have witnessed fascinates him, sometimes more than just the intricate mechanics.
“Watches are more than just wheels and pinions; they need love and patience to be able to breathe life back into them.”
He believes watchmaking is ‘love made visible’.
|Lalit Morjaria has been a watchmaker for 35 years, and has worked at companies such as Eternamatic, Bulova, Omega and Rolex, and is currently an independent. He followed his father into the trade and was trained in Switzerland.
He has been teaching at EFHC for a number of years, and particularly enjoys watching novices become more skilled.Lalit has organised a Club trip to Switzerland which include training at the Ronda factory as well as visits to some top flight Watch Houses.His favourite watch brands are Piaget, Vacheron Constantin, and IWC.
|David Rawlings joined the Centre in February 2016. David completed an apprenticeship in clock making and repair and has been involved in the clock trade for over 50 years. For some years he was a tutor at Hackney College and still repairs clocks. His special interest is in antique clocks.|