Michael Gainey's

Master Clock Repair

AWCI Certified Clockmaker

Columbus, Ohio

By Appointment Only




Many clockmakers will tell you on their website about their skill and experience but how many can prove it through objective and verifiable means?  How many are actively involved with other clockmakers and continue to learn and improve by taking advantage of additional learning opportunities?

Read what Mike's customers are saying about his service by clicking on the previous phrase and then take a look at his extensive qualifications below.


♦  46 year resident of Columbus, Ohio

♦  Entered trade in 1978

♦  Received five year, full time professional apprenticeship training

♦  Started own business in 1994

♦  Active member of American Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute (AWCI)

♦  Achieved Certified Clockmaker of the Twenty First Century status through


♦  Passed original Certified Clockmaker four part exam with average score of

♦  One of only six active Certified Clockmakers in Ohio as of 2011

♦  One of only twelve worldwide to hold the new Certified Clockmaker of the

    Twenty First Century designation            

♦  40 years experience equals Central Ohio's most experienced Certified


♦  Served AWCI on Education Committee from 2004-2011 as chairman (clock


♦ While on committee Michael helped write the Standards and Practices document for clockmakers, the first of its kind

♦ Rewrote Clockmakers Certification exam

♦  Trained assessor (test grader) for certification test

♦  AWCI Affiliate Chapter Director 2008

♦  AWCI Board Member 2008-2010

♦  Chairman Honors and Awards Committee (AWCI) 2011 -2014

    AWCI Board of Examiners 2017 to present

♦  Eleven articles published in the Horological Times (official publication of


♦  President of Watchmakers Clockmakers Association of Ohio (WAO) 2009,

   2010, 2017, 2018.

♦  WAO Board Member

♦  WAO convention planner

♦  14 time Seminar Speaker/Teacher for both AWCI and WAO

♦  Continuing Education Classes Taken

     Organize your Work Habits for Success

    ♦ Advanced Clock Repair

    Clock Restoration Practices

    ♦ The Watchmakers Lathe

    ♦ Restoring Wooden Works Clocks

       Fusee Clock Restoration


            just to name a few!


Mike has taught many clock repair classes for both AWCI and WAO.  Here are a few pictures of Mike as he teaches fellow clocksmiths the skills of the trade.
Here is what a recent class participant said about a class Mike taught at the 2014 AWCI Convention near Washington D.C.

My impression of Michael Gainey's presentation was most favorable!  How many times do we say, "If only I could see this or that done"?  Well, here was a master craftsman who gave unconditionally of his time and talent, spending two days, several hours each, who brought "the store" as it were, consisting of all manner of tools, materials, and equipment, physically demonstrating techniques while providing tips and best practices, being open and willing to share his wealth of knowledge.  Michael Gainey, as it turns out, is an outstanding communicator and a marvelous teacher, bringing the subject down to both the beginner and the experienced practitioner alike. 

Documents and Certificates

Antique English Tall Case Clock Dial
Small Figural Table Clock