TELEGRAPH KEYS, CLOCKMAKING AND MODELMAKING
We mourn the passing of William Reeves Smith, who died
at the age of 94, on May 10, 2016. Friends and family
will gather for a celebration of his life on Saturday,
June 4, 2016, at 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Presbyterian
Church, 1705 Merchants Dr., Knoxville, Tennessee. Anyone
wishing to leave a condolence for the family may do so
His memory will continue to live on in the books and
DVDs he created to share his knowledge with others, just
as the watchmakers in Memphis so graciously shared with
him in his youth. Those materials will continue to be
available through this website.
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.
DIGITAL BOOK GIVEAWAY!
Please visit my
Poetry page on this website. I
have decided to make all of my poetry books and my
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.)
A RARE SPECIAL BUILT SPEED KEY FOR SALE BY W. R. SMITH (W4PAL)
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
Semiautomatic Telegraph Speed Key has been sold.
The second key I am offering is
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