Joseph P. Kuechle, the owner/operator of The Clockworks, Inc., began professionally repairing and restoring clocks and watches out of his home in 1971. His enthusiasm for horological activities also includes teaching clock repair and restoration classes to children and adults. During the past thirty years, he taught classes for the Warren Consolidated and the Van Dyke School systems as well as at area libraries; an activity now largely transferred to his clock store. Joe has also gone to local elementary schools for hands-on lectures for young students. He firmly believes that early exposure to clocks and watches helps catch the imagination of future collectors.
An active member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) since 1972, Joe Kuechle was honored to receive his Fellow Award. Because of his dedication to the NAWCC, his interest in preserving clocks and watches, and his interest in horological education, he became Lifetime Member #179. Joe believes that it is extremely important to share clock repair expertise and restoration knowledge with people who are interested in the preservation of timepieces.
During his career, Joe has been highly active in the horological community He served 6 years as a Director of the NAWCC as well as simultaneously acting as President of the Saginaw Valley Chapter #67 for 10 years. Previous to this, he was active in the Great Lakes Chapter #6 where he served as President, Vice President, and Secretary. His service to Chapter #6 also included such duties as Great Lakes Regional Chairman, Workshop Chairman, Exhibit Chairman, and Mart Chairman.
Each year, Joe travels to Regionals where he teaches clock repair and restoration workshops geared towards educating the novice collector. He is always willing to donate his time to Chapter activities and frequently volunteers to help at various Regionals throughout the country.
Joe belongs to many Chapters nationwide and has received numerous Certificates of Appreciation for his efforts. Such efforts include the coordination of the Chapter #6 clock restoration at Meadow Brook Hall and the restoration of a Seth Thomas Sonora Chimes mantel clock at the Detroit Historical Museum. Joe personally recruited over 100 NAWCC members, many of whom stayed on to become Chapter officers.
In January of 2000, Joe established a store on Old Thirteen Mile Road in Warren, Michigan, where he now teaches classes and collects, repairs, and restores clocks and watches.