I asked (who else?) Dr. Minnick to look over this for me a few days ago. One of our conversations revolved around clarity, which reminded me of this piece; I've always been kinda nervous about my Technical Romance
series, because I'm never quite sure the terminology does what I want it to - I always worry that the vocabulary obscures what's happening. That said, here a glossary of terms so you can put the puzzle together for yourself:
is the power source of a mechanical watch - this is the part you wind up. When the tension runs out, the mainspring has to be rewound.
controls the motion of the gears - the contained energy of the mainspring "escapes" here. Responsible for the ticking noise a watch makes. An unlubricated escapement cannot tick, therefore cannot release the tension.
controls the motion of the balance wheel, which itself controls the speed of the escapement.Caryatids
are decorative female figures that are often carved into the pilaster or column of a clock.Files
were once an integral part of clock making, used to shape nearly every part of a clock.
I'll let clock-dictionary.com explain this one: "Flux
: A substance applied to metals which are being brazed or soldered. The flux is designed to help the liquid brazing and soldering metal properly to 'wet' the parent metal or metals being joined by reducing the risk of an oxide film forming on the work."
The beck iron
is an archaic term for the stake or anvil where metal is bent or hammered upon.Annealing
is a heat treatment that removes the effects of previous hardening. Insert your metaphor here.
Sometimes I also worry that I'm a huge nerd, but I never worry about that for long
1. Is the terminology too much? I realize I've kinda provided my readers with an entire dictionary, but do you get it even without knowing the specifics? Or does that fact that you have to put it together yourself help reinforce the metaphor of a well-made clock?