Chris, the founder and chief horologist (read: "head clock dude") of Woodcraft Chronography, has been working with wood in various forms for the past 10 years. The last five have been dedicated, with the exception of the occasional piece of living room furniture, to the creation of clocks. There's just something absolutely fascinating in taking a fallen tree and bringing it back to life in such a fun and unique way.
Woodcraft Chronography is all about taking an amazing natural material that is all around us, wood, and transforming it into a self-propelled, skeleton clock capable of keeping excellent time!
Our clocks are designed with a flowing, mathematical precision, yet are balanced with an almost playful disregard for traditional "floor clock" type designs.
The frame starts its life as 8/4, 8 BF domestic hardwood lumber. The gears are hardwood lumber-core ply, generally ½ inch. A quick rip on the tablesaw brings the frame parts down to width and they are trimmed to length and set aside. The gear blanks are loaded into the computer controlled router, where a 2hp motor makes quick work of the ½ gear stock.
The frame pieces are then loaded into the machine, where the arbor holes are carefully drilled. There are fewer than 15 moving pieces on the current incarnation of the floor clock, and misaligning an arbor hole by only 1 degree can result in a gear wobble that will render the entire clock useless.
Dimensions - The clock stands approximately 76" tall, but that dimension is completely arbitrary. I'm willing to alter the frame to meet any height you desire.
It's approximately 6" thick, by 16" in width.
The funds from this Kickstarter project will allow Woodcraft Chronology to obtain the CNC routing equipment, as well as the workshop space necessary to make the production run of the clock we've spent the last 6 months thoroughly designing, testing, and re-designing.
Assuming our plans go unfoiled, from the release of funds to the first shipment date of our first full-model clocks we anticipate a period of approximately 2 months.
This allows for
-Coordination of material desires with the buyers
-Procurement of desired woods and materials
-Delivery and installation of CNC equipment into the procured shop space, and -Manufacture and fine tuning of final models
Our clocks receive overwhelmingly positive reactions wherever they're seen. This is your chance to grow with us. Help us keep the wheel of positivity rolling.
We're offering several different levels of support. Anything helps, from a Pledge that ends with your help custom designing a full size clock, to a simple gear with a thank you note engraved.
The one request I keep seeing, over and over, is for more PICTURES!
I took a moment to render out a few views in AutoCAD.
Well, that depends on your pledge level. But if you support any of our clock levels, you get a clock! Our floor clock stands approximately 6 feet tall, and is constructed entirely from wood, and brass. It's a self-propelled, wind-up type clock. It ticks with a pleasing sound, and runs for several days on one wind. It also requires no maintenance what-so-ever.
Check back in the next few days. Don't go away! I promise, they're coming!
Anywhere in the world!
Certainly. I believe acrylic has the tensile strength, and resistence to bowing necessary to support the weight of the clock, the weights, and the swinging pendulum. The only thing I ask is, due to the high price of thick acrylic sheet, you add an additional $50 to the cost of your selected clock to cover the extra cost.
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