My name is Paul Sonnichsen. Although there are many styles and different movements, I enjoy the challenge of determining the cause of your clock problem and then finding a solution. Each clock has its own unique family history and it's for this reason that I truly enjoy meeting clock owners and hearing about the family history with their clock. This makes the clock repair take on a whole new importance and one that I take very seriously.
Once a clock repair has been completed, each clock movement is reinstalled in their case and test operated for at least 1-2 weeks to ensure accuracy and dependability of repair. This is an important step in the process as it will help to ensure that the repairs last.
I have studied and repaired all kinds of clocks (including antiques) for 5 years, apprenticing to a master clockmaker. I am also a member of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) and the American Watchmakers and Clockmakers Institute (AWCI). I truly enjoy the challenge of returning a working clock to its owner and I am now making my repair skills more readily available to the general public.
Grandfather clocks are unique because of the size of the case and the necessity to remove the clock movement from the case to examine and repair it.
Mantel clocks contain many movements which may have been built in North America, Europe or Asia. The challenge is to locate suitable components.
Cuckoo Clocks are intricate and involve a number of connecting rods which must move to open and close the bellows and move the bird through the door.
Depending on the age and style of the clock movement, parts may not be readily available and it may be necessary to make another part to ensure that the clock runs. The cost to repair might be slightly more expensive because of this.
Quartz Mechanisms are difficult or impossible to repair and usually require a complete replacement of the mechanism. This is a cheaper option and overall costs are inexpensive compared to repairs on a mechanical movement.
All clocks are different and they come to me in varying states and working order. I try to give people an approximate idea of the types of pricing and costs involved, but ultimately I really do need to see and inspect a clock before giving a more accurate or confident quote.
"I have an antique mantel clock that was handed-down to me. It had never worked in my lifetime and Paul was able to not only get it working, but he cleaned it up and it's been working like a charm ever since. He took the time to explain everything to us and it was like the clock was as important to him as it is to us. We really couldn't be happier as Paul is a super-good guy and the pricing was a lot less than what we assumed it might otherwise be."
Kevin W, Toronto
"I have a love for clocks. There are the two Grandfather clocks and a Cuckoo clock that I sent to Paul. One GF clock didn’t work at all, the other wouldn't ding and the Cuckoo was just dinging at every opportunity for 9-12 dings. Paul fixed these clocks and even allowed me to form a good friendship. I had to bring two clocks back and he accepted them graciously. Friendly, courteous and very fair on pricing describe me 'enjoyable' time with Paul."
Ted S, Ottawa