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The finished products can seem to be manufacturing works of art, but time may be running out on the grandfather clock industry.

Mr. Lindow’s company, which includes himself, his son, and one part-time employee, builds about 125 clocks in a typical year. They retail anywhere from $5,000 to $35,000.

Business, however, isn’t what it used to be. Just ask Mr. Sobel.

“If I sell a couple of his clocks a year, I’m perfectly satisfied,” Mr. Sobel said.

In the past, most of his business revolved around selling clocks, but these days his customers are more interested in having him restore and repair their old clocks, rather than buying new ones. In fact, he has a two-year backlog for restorations.

“Business has changed for us over the years,” Mr. Sobel said.

This only makes it more difficult for clockmakers like Mr. Lindow to survive. It has forced many other prominent clock companies out of the market.

“When we started selling clocks in 1973, I probably had 20 more brands to choose from,” Mr. Sobel explained.

To make matters worse, fewer young people are learning the business. Government regulations prevent teenagers under 18 from doing this sort of work, Mr. Lindow said, and by the time they are old enough to pick up the craft, many young workers lose interest.

“You can’t have a kid do anything,” Mr. Lindow said. “We can’t train young people to do this work. So we have no hope of training anyone.”

Mr. Sobel has apprenticed 18 grandfather clockmakers in his career, but is disappointed that only three are still in the industry.

“I wasn’t a very happy camper having wasted time teaching them,” he said. “That’s really discouraging.”

Now, it seems the industry’s last hope rides on Mr. Lindow’s shoulders.

“In today’s world, it’s completely useless,” Mr. Lindow said. “You’ve got your cellphone, wristwatch, radio — and yet people still connect with my grandfather clocks.”

He believes the industry has a future, if only because of the sentiment and sense of nostalgia it provides.

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