By: Christopher Davis | Category: Professional Services | Issue: July 2015
Jonathan Schultz, owner of The Clock Store.
When Jonathan Schultz mentions he owns The Clock Store, he says the response is usually, “Hey – I got a clock.” The discussion then turns to the story behind the clock, which is just fine with Schultz. The story associated with each clock he meets is part of his passion for repairing them. “I love hearing about where a clock came from, learning who made it,” says Schultz, who has loved clocks ever since he was a young boy.
In August, The Clock Store will celebrate its first anniversary of business. Located in Broken Arrow’s Rose District at Yesterday’s Antique Mall, the shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week. The Clock Store also has a second location in Bixby at Birdseye Treasure (at 151st and Memorial). Both locations sell restored clocks and provide full services for a wide range of clocks.
“We don’t just repair clocks,” explains Schultz, “We restore memories.” And when one steps back to think about the significance attached to a clock, it’s true. Most clocks are passed on from generation to generation, watching over family traditions and marking the minutes as little ones grow up. When an antique clock is adopted by a new family, part of the allure is the history it represents. While clocks are utilitarian in nature, there is something special about a well-made clock. The design of the wood, the craftsmanship and the gears inside – clocks are works of art as much as timekeepers. Before televisions, and now computers, took over our living rooms, clocks served as a focal point in homes. Schultz says that between 1840 and 1950, millions of clocks were produced.
Without dwelling too much on how ‘they just don’t make them like they used to,’ it is worth pointing out how clocks worthy of our love and attention are becoming rare. This is another reason Schultz is so passionate about clocks. He points out, “Although it keeps time, no one wants to inherit their grandfather’s cell phone.”
Though Schultz, an admitted “people person,” is the face of The Clock Store, he works with three other clockmakers. Each has their own specialty. Schultz has a knack for quartz clocks, and has even retrofitted winding clocks with quartz assemblies for owners who have difficulty moving the components. He adds that the winding assembly can be held onto and later reinstalled when the time comes to pass it on.
One of his partners specializes in anniversary clocks (which require winding about once per year). Another’s focus is grandfather (also known as tall case) clocks. And another clockmaker loves restoring and repairing cuckoo clocks.
A lot goes into proper repair of clocks. It starts with an assessment of the nature of repair and quoting a cost estimate for the owner. Once Schultz has the approval to move forward, they execute the repairs, which may require ordering special parts or fabricating a replacement. Once the repair is complete, the clock moves into the regulation phase. This entails observation and making sure the clock actually keeps proper time, and might require more adjustments. After it has been verified the clock works properly, it is ready for pick up or delivery. While most clock repair shops might take anywhere from three to six months for service completion, The Clock Shop generally has a six to eight
“We stand behind everything we do,” explains Schultz, who guarantees work for up to a year after repairs. “If you’re happy, tell your friends. If you’re unhappy, tell me and we will make it right.” Schultz will even help customers set their clock up, if needed. He strives to ensure everything is perfect, from service experience to the clock’s proper set up and timekeeping.
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Christopher Davis is an educator and musician, as well as a writer. A California native, he resides in Tulsa with his wife, two sons and a modest menagerie of pets. When he isn't inspiring young minds, you will most likely find him spending time with his family or playing drums and percussion with Project Huckleberry or the Movetet. In addition to Value News, Davis also writes for Currentland. You can view his work at https://seedavis.wordpress.com.
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