From Mansfield to Cumbia by way of Birmingham Polytechnic and London, Keith Scobie-Youngs tells us how his passion for clocks has made his life - and he shows us the clock-makers craft on an old, and very important timepiece ...
Clock making was not Keith's first choice of career, despite having done nothing else since leaving college - he initially wanted to make and repair musical instruments, but his brother wanted to do that, so Keith felt that he could not do that too.
Part of the Hampton Court Clock
Keith’s father suggested that he take up the art of clock making and repair, and since leaving Birmingham Polytechnic, he has never looked back.
At first, he wanted to work for one of the big London companies such as Aspreys or Sotherbys, because of the quality of work they had.
The Hampton Court Clock Dial
"It was brilliant!" he says, "Going to all the places that you never normally get to see".
Since then he has never looked back. His business has grown and he is proud of its success and the people who work with and for him. Now he is looking after some of the most important timepieces in the world; including helping to maintain Big Ben, looking after the oldest working clock in the world at Salisbury Cathedral and most recently restoring the workings of the astronomical clock at Hampton Court Palace.
"I consider myself very lucky," says Keith "I've got some great people working here. I work in some of the most wonderful places in the country".
last updated: 05/03/2008 at 12:24