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Christopher Buerkett working in his shop in Rainbow Lake (Photos:  Mark Kurtz, on assignment for NCPR)
Christopher Buerkett working in his shop in Rainbow Lake (Photos: Mark Kurtz, on assignment for NCPR)

Traditional Work, Part 2: A master at fixing antique timepieces

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This week we've begun a series looking at artisans in the North Country who still do traditional work, everything from taxidermy to calligraphy. Often that kind of work is passed from hand to hand, with one craftsman teaching and shaping the technique of the next over hundreds of years.

This morning, Brian Mann profiles Christopher Buerkett, a master clock repairer who lives in Rainbow Lake in the northern Adirondacks.

He learned his trade from another master clock repairer who worked in Saranac Lake. Now he's keeping alive a tradition of time-keeping that dates back to the 13th century. It's a mysterious art of intricate cogs and engineering that reshaped the way we think about the world.

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Repairing the cogs and wheels that translate bits of energy into measurements of time

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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