Materials, machines, structures, and electricity: systems that keep us alive, healthy, and working, and why you should understand them.


Antique and modern clock repair in Lancaster, Ohio

All makes and varieties. Free estimates.

512 East Mulberry Street, Lancaster, Ohio 43130

740-687-6368, or email

Many years of experience; Iíve been working on clocks and other mechanisms since 1965

As described in intense detail in the remainder of this web page, I have some other interests. I also write a weekly column for the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette

This portion of the web page is about a program that teaches non-technical people how things work.

"Contemporary social life is what it is in very large measure because of the results of application of physical science. The experience of every child and youth, in the country and the city, is what it is in its present actuality because of appliances which utilize electricity, heat, and chemical processes. A child ... does not read by artificial light or take a ride in a motor car or on a train without coming into contact with operations and processes which science has engendered. It is a sound educational principle that students should be introduced to scientific subject-matter and be initiated into its facts and laws through acquaintance with everyday social applications."
John Dewey, Experience and Education, 1938, p. 79, 80

October, 2008: After several years of doing other things, I have decided to revive the original How Things Work project. Initially, it will consist of on-site, personal demonstrations, similar to what I have done in several years as an independent volunteer at COSI and as a college lecturer and tutor. These will be done at a nominal fee and are suitable for students fourth grade or older and for teachers' groups as well. For further information on these demonstrations, which will be initially conducted within a 100-mile radius of my home in Lancaster, Ohio (near Columbus) please call (740)687-6368 or contact me by e-mail at

To join the How Things Work e-mail discussion group, send a blank, no-subject e-mail message to
Admission is open to everyone, including young people.

Here's the website: