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Thank you for visiting this web site. If you are interested in telegraph keys, clockmaking or modelmaking, and want to improve your skills, you will want to take a look at the many "How To" books and videos that W. R. Smith has to offer. Mr. Smith was recently honored with two very prestigious awards presented by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC). Read more about the 2012 Silver Star Fellow Award and the Dana J. Blackwell Clock Award.


Please visit my Poetry page on this website. I have decided to make all of my poetry books and my novella available in digital format at no cost. You can download these books in PDF or Kindle ebook format. (Descriptions and prices for the hard copy poetry books are listed under the Poetry tab.)


During my workshop days, when my interest in telegraph speed keys was high, I designed and built a number of them. Each design was original and unlike any other speed keys ever built. ln the years since then, many people have asked if any of these keys were for sale. My answer has always been, "No. They are a part of my shop that visitors love to see."

At 94, I am no longer able to do shop work or have many shop visitors and see no need to keep these keys. Thus, I plan to offer them for sale, one at a time, with pictures and a full description of each key's unusual features and at what I believe to be a fair price for each.

The first key I am offering is the Monovert Semiautomatic Telegraph Speed Key. This key has been sold.

The second key I am offering is the .Magnevert Speed Key. This key  has been sold.

Be sure and take a look at my latest DVD RESTORING A 1914 VIBROPLEX TELEGRAPH SPEED KEY. When you buy the DVD together with the book HOW TO RESTORE TELEGRAPH KEYS, receive both for a discounted price of $105.

W. R. Smith is now offering a replacement for Rubin Brite Polish, which was one of the finest metal polishes available.

Photo of W. R. Smith at his work bench.

William R. Smith

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He is a Fellow in the British Horological Institute, a Silver Star Fellow in the National Association of Watch and Clockmakers, and the 2012 recipient of the Dana J. Blackwell Clock Award. In addition, he holds the following qualifications from the American Watchmaker-Clockmaker Institute (AWCI):

  • Certified Master Clockmaker

  • Certified Master Watchmaker

  • Certified Master Electronic Watchmaker

He is also an avid radio amateur (W4PAL).


Awarded Metal Working Craftsman of the Year 2000, by the Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship.

Awarded the Legion of Merit by General Douglass MacArthur for aircraft instrument work that put grounded New Guinea planes back in the air during World War II.


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