A true testimony of time
Beauregard Parish, LA (KPLC) – Holding onto lore, a man from Beauregard Parish has a unique set of skills that you don’t see many these days.
“Some people call me Jason, some people call me Mr. Louvier, some people call me the ‘clock doctor’,” Jason Louvier said. ” Everything is fine. “
He has many names but is recognized for a skilled trade. Jason Louvier’s unique business is a true testament to time. The Beauregard Clock Museum houses more than 200 singing clocks.
âI started tinkering with these clocks and started making them work. And the lady, my friend, started telling everyone, âWe have a doctor-watchmaker here,â Louvier said. âBring your clocks. He will fix them for you. And they did. And that’s right, it continued from there.
This rare collection of clocks is dedicated to the history of timekeeping. A life-long hobby, but a full-time job for the past eight years.
âI could spend days and nights doing this, you know. I would be. And there have been many nights where I sit working on clocks, working on clocks, âLouvier said. âYes, I’ve been told a few times that it would probably be nice to go out and do other things too, instead of working on clocks. “
Thousands of broken clocks have found their way to Louvier’s workshop. With his unique skills, he serves the surrounding parishes to restore and repair old clocks.
âAll these little pieces and coins that I keep, because the only place you can buy them – you can use them, you can get them at flea markets,â Louvier said. âThere are very few clock makers you can buy new parts from. All of these gears work together to make different things happen on this clock. It’s your chime side, it’s your airside.
Rare and intricate pieces are even difficult for this seasoned watchmaker.
âYou can know everything about clocks, but you can still get one that’s so painful, and it takes forever,â Louvier said. “You keep tinkering with it and tinkering with it.”
âI could spend days on the more difficult jobs, and of course, I won’t tell clients that,â Louvier said. âI won’t tell them anything. And I’m not going to try to make them pay for all the time spent on it.
Louvier’s collection dates back to the 1800s.
âThis one dates from the 1880s,â said Louvier, pointing to one of his clocks. “This one is 19-teens, maybe 1914 or older.”
From second-hand finds to the gifts that have been given to it over the years, every clock will find its place on the walls of museums.
âIt’s a Seth Thomas school clock from the 1920s. And you would have found them in a school or in a public space where they would get a lot of attention,â Louvier said. “You would also see a lot of times that you would see an advertisement in the glass door saying ‘drink coke’ or baking powder or something like that.”
Not intending to retire, her goal is to be a house of a thousand clocks.
âI consider myself retired now, because I love what I do,â Louvier said. âAnd it’s not a job for me. It’s fun to work on these clocks.
The museum is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in DeRidder. For more information about the Louvier museum or workshop, visit the Mountain Clock Company Facebook page or call 337-401-2369.
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