It is inside the clockwork that the clockmaker meets his colleagues from history. Inside older clocks are often found carvings in the metal; signatures and years and perhaps a note or message. Some clocks maintained by Reuterdahl measured the time for Gustav III, and have been kept ticking ever since.

In the Reuterdahl family, there have been fine mechanics for many generations. As a child, Sophia Reuterdahl built model railways for electric trains, and already at the age of eleven she knew she wanted to be a clockmaker. The inspiration came from the mother’s stories, and from many ticking clocks in the home.

Grandfather Fridolf Reuterdahl (1892-1965) ran a watchmaking business in Sigtuna for many years. His father Adolf Reuterdahl (1860-1896) was an active watchmaker in Falkenberg, while Sophia’s maternal grandfather’s grandfather Theodor Reuterdahl (1826-1886) was a clock manufacturer with production in Gothenburg during the 19th century.

Despite the long history, no tools have been handed down, but Sophia Reuterdahl has built up her own arsenal of special tools, keys and machines. In the clockmaker’s shop in Gamla Enskede, however, there is an anvil mounted on a Masur birch trunk that once stood in her grandfather’s workshop in Sigtuna.

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