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Victor Kochaver

Victor Kochaver was born and raised in the Arrowhead Lakes Region of Northeastern Minnesota. In 1950 he moved to Minneapolis, where he ran a successful manufacturing business, making precision metal stampings for companies such as 3M Company, IBM, Honeywell, etc. His interest in clocks began in 1969, when a friend, gave him and his family an antique clock as a Christmas gift. Victor has been collecting clocks ever since. His interests center mainly on Austrian, French and English clocks. Although his primary areas of concentration are Vienna Regulators and Carriage Clocks from these three countries, his collection also includes late 18th century and early 19th century French clocks, and 18th and 19th century English bracket and mantle clocks. Currently, Victor divides his time between Minnesota and San Diego.




Bob Tjaden

Bob Tjaden was raised in Northeast Wisconsin. He moved to Minneapolis to attend Augsburg College where he graduated with a B.A. in Communications/Theatre Arts/Education. He taught communications for 17 years.

From childhood, Bob was interested in furniture restoration and cabinet making. To pursue a career in these areas, he attended the Wood Finishing Program at Dakota County Technical College and then the Furniture Conservation Training Program at the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C. For his degree he interned at Harpers Ferry's National Parks Conservation Center. He completed condition surveys, treatment proposals, site visits, collection surveys and did treatment of many historically significant pieces including clocks, furniture and objects.

His site visits took him to many areas from the East Coast, to Arizona to Alaska.While attending the Smithsonian Master's program, Bob was introduced to Victor and they have been working together for the past eight years. When the annual seminar of the NAWCC was held in Minneapolis on the topic of Vienna Regulators, he was a speak on topics related to Clock Case Conservation.

Bob's work reflects the practices and ethical standards set forth by the AIC (American Institute for Conservation). Using accepted conservation materials, Bob has worked on hundreds of clocks from around the world. His passion for research, history, wood, furniture, and clocks have been combined in his business, Clock Case Conservation located in Apple Valley, Minnesota.

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