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Thank you for visiting this web site. If you are interested in telegraph keys, clockmaking or modelmaking, and want to improve your skills, you will want to take a look at the many "How To" books and videos that W. R. Smith has to offer. Mr. Smith was recently honored with two very prestigious awards presented by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). Read more about the 2012 Silver Star Fellow Award and the Dana J. Blackwell Clock Award.

NewSomething different: Read about my just-published novella, Hypnosis Saved Her Life, in the Books section of this web site.

NewBe sure and take a look at my latest DVD RESTORING A 1914 VIBROPLEX TELEGRAPH SPEED KEY. When you buy the DVD together with the book HOW TO RESTORE TELEGRAPH KEYS, receive both for a discounted price of $105.

W. R. Smith is now offering a replacement for Rubin Brite Polish, which was one of the finest metal polishes available.

Photo of W. R. Smith at his work bench.

William R. Smith

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a Fellow in the British Horological Institute, a Silver Star Fellow in the National Association of Watch and Clockmakers, and the 2012 recipient of the Dana J. Blackwell Clock Award. In addition, he holds the following qualifications from the American Watchmaker-Clockmaker Institute (AWCI):

  • Certified Master Clockmaker

  • Certified Master Watchmaker

  • Certified Master Electronic Watchmaker

He is also an avid radio amateur (W4PAL).


Awarded Metal Working Craftsman of the Year 2000, by the Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship.

Awarded the Legion of Merit by General Douglass MacArthur for aircraft instrument work that put grounded New Guinea planes back in the air during World War II.


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