Traditional timekeepers are hard to find these days -- those craftsmen who can keep clocks and watches running or repair them no matter what the problem or how old the device. Josef Herzinger, who owns Clock & Watch Shop (824 Gravier St., 525-3961) with his wife, Judith, is one of those people.
He learned his craft in his native Austria, where part of his seven-year higher education involved not only repairing but making timepieces from scratch. That knowledge has worked well for people who seek out Clock & Watch Shop for repairs.
"Our specialty is really repair and restoration of watches and clocks," he says. "If any parts are missing and not anymore available, we can make the parts by hand. We do our own gold refinishing and silver-plating and case refinishing. We do all the work in-house."
The shop's reputation for repair and restoration brings it business from all over, including New York, California, Mexico and even China. To help the process, Herzinger says he has a vast inventory of parts for antique timepieces as well as hard-to-find glass crystals for watches.
In addition to repairs and restorations, the Clock & Watch Shop also sells a wide range of new, vintage and antique clocks and watches, including about 15 brands and hundreds of styles of watches. New lines in the shop include the Swiss maker August Raymond and Tutima of Germany. Other brands include Wittnauer, Seiko, Movado, Bulova, Hamilton, Fortis, Seth Thomas, Howard Miller and Linden.
The Whole Picture
The Wholistic Wellness Network is holding its fourth annual national conference in New Orleans -- the first time such a meeting has been scheduled in the Deep South -- April 1 through 4. Most of the events will be held at LSU Medical School (1542 Tulane Ave.)
The goal of the conference, hosted by LSU Health Sciences Center's new Section of Integrative Medicine and its School of Public Health, is to help both practitioners and prospective patients understand how conventional and complementary or alternative therapies can be used together for better health outcomes.
The conference includes demonstrations of complementary therapies such as massage and reflexology for both professionals and the public as well as national speakers and a continuing education course for medical professionals that will explain how to integrate conventional and complementary therapies. Subjects covered during the three-day conference include chronic disease treatment, naturopathy, nutrition, physical therapies, cancer, cardiovascular disease, menopause, depression and more.
Some of the sessions are free and open to the public, but registration fees are required for others. For a full schedule and more information on the conference, visit the Web site, www.wwn.us/events.html.