Dennis has had a passion for fine antique clocks for some 30 years. He started his collection at that time with an English hoop and spike wall clock from the 18th century. Over the years he acquired more English clocks in the form of Wall clocks, Longcase clocks and Bracket or Table clocks within the period 1675 to 1875. He also has French, German, Austrian and American clocks, but his prime focus was on the predominantly hand made examples of the early English periods.
Frustrated with the lack of local knowledge of such clocks, along with the lack of understanding and appropriate sympathetic restoration services, Dennis built a library of more than 700 books on the subject. He studied the history of English clocks, restoration methodology then undertook the research and restoration of clocks in his own collection. He joined the Antiquarian Horological Society (AHS), The British Horological Institute (BHI) and the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC).
As a career, Dennis has been involved with Precision Measuring Instruments for some 20 years, and process control for another 10 years. He was the leader and/or CEO of the last three high technology control and software companies. He left the corporate world in 2003 to focus his energies on his passion. Dennis is an accredited professional appraiser (CPPA).
Dennis became Program Chair of the BC Chapter of the NAWCC, Treasurer, Vice President, Chair of the Ethics Committee then served a term of three years as President of the BC Chapter. He is now a member of Program Committee for the National Association. Dennis is also the current Chairman of the Antiquarian Horological Society, Western Canada Section.
Dennis still collects fine antique clocks, but his energies have turned to education and lecturing on the history, restoration, types and development of mostly English clocks.