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Christopher Buerkett working in his shop in Rainbow Lake Photo: Mark Kurtz
Christopher Buerkett working in his shop in Rainbow Lake Photo: Mark Kurtz

Traditional Work: A master at fixing antique timepieces

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This week returning to our 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.

Christopher Buerkett is 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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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

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