Small wooden clocks

One of the often-overlooked types of clocks are the small wooden ones that became popular after the 19th century. In case you are unaware of the type of wooden clocks I mean, then think of films that are in any film based in the wild west or films during the great depression. They are like the older type of alarm clock that you would see. As someone that has become very experienced with woodworking and carpentry over the last few decades, I have always dreamt of creating my own type of wooden clock that is unique in some way.

Yet, I am unsure of what the design or practicality would be. I feel like every type of wooden clock that could possibly be invented already is. I guess that is why it is called an invention when you first think of an idea no one else has. The real issue with inventing a new type of wooden clock is the practical use of the clock. As a carpenter for Liverpool Carpenters I have worked for many customers who want custom furniture or need their furniture fixed. However, I haven’t seen much motivation for a new clock. Since every type of clock that you would come across has already established itself and has already shown their usability, it is difficult to come up with a special idea that would differentiate itself from any other idea.

The truth is, todays blog isn’t really meant to be informative or to share some of the ideas that I already have. The point of today’s blog post is to try and create some ideas with my readers. I want all of you guys to share any suggestions you may have for how a wooden clock may be useful in the golden age we currently live in, and where it would be a useful and beautiful decoration.

Please do not hesitate to comment on any ideas that you may have. In the mean-time, please read some of my past posts regarding grandfather clocks. Also, keep in touch because I will share some of the best suggestions I have been given by my readers!

Clock Pendulums

The most common type of grandfather clocks that are being built and sold in this current day and age are ones that lack the large pendulums just below the clock face. While the more antique and older grandfather clocks have large pendulums within them that swung from side to side, the newer grandfather clocks are fronted with a wooden panel that is decorated with carvings of the pattern that surrounds the rest of the clock. While we spoke about this previously in another blog post, the actual pendulum within a grandfather clock was for a specific use. The pendulum helped to accurately tell the time as the clock faces were slightly inaccurate during the time of building. Throughout the years once the clock faces began to work correctly, the use of the pendulums became obsolete and after time were slowly routed out. Eventually, they were only included within the grandfather clocks for the sake of decoration.

The newer grandfather clocks that have been made in the last century have made the pendulum redundant, but I don’t think that it a negative for the clock itself. The pendulum within grandfather clocks have become an antique within itself, and that has really become a niche with the grandfather clock itself. Now that the majority are missing these pendulums, it has allowed a lot more creativity and diversity within grandfather clocks themselves. Since there are so many different options when it comes to the timber that can be used and the carvings that can be created within the grandfather clock itself, it is hard to justify adding the pendulum back in within the clock itself today.

Some of the greater grandfather clock designs without pendulums within the last few decades have come from Switzerland & Austria. There have also been some great grandfather clocks to come out of England within the last few years as there are so many master woodworkers and carpenters that live in the country. It also helps that the invention of a grandfather clock technically came out of England five centuries in the past. All three countries around Europe have become extremely versed in the creation and design of grandfather clocks to ensure that the clocks themselves are always contemporary and as creative as possible.

Finally, with the art that has been allowed within the clock painting community in the last 20 years especially, I have seen many painted decorative grandfather clocks that wouldn’t have been considered attractive many years ago. I’m not entirely sure where the trend of painting grandfather clocks for decoration first came, or even when it first came, but some of the most recent painted grandfather clocks I have seen in the past have been amazing to look at. The more creative ones that have a more elaborate or interesting painting design that some have created, the more attractive they are to look at since it adds another layer of depth upon design.

I hope you enjoyed todays post about my outlook and view on pendulums within grandfather clocks. I know that it seems like a relatively uninteresting or unnecessary blog post, but I want to share my thoughts on pendulums within grandfather clocks themselves. I hope you enjoyed todays blog post, and if you get the chance to look at some of my future or past blog posts, I would really appreciate that! Thank you for reading today!

A history of Grandfather clocks!

One of the most fascinating things about grandfather clocks is the history behind them. They aren’t called grandfather clocks, but rather a longcase clock or a tall-case clock. Just looking at one, you can see why they are called longcase clocks. Grandfather clocks have always been the common nickname. Obviously, the average size of a longcase clock is anywhere between 6-8 feet tall, and most of these clocks have carved ornaments on the front (hood). The more I begin to discuss this, the faster I realise that it isn’t all that interesting. However, what one may find interesting is that the original grandfather clock was first created in England, by the clockmaker William Clement. He seemed to be the first to ever create such a clock all the way back in 1670. What is even more interesting, is that the grandfather clocks with the large pendulums (which are often romanticized on Television and Films) were the most accurate time-keeping device in the world until the 20th century, where we as a race were able to understand more about clocks and technology. Now, the sole use of grandfather clocks is as a decoration, or for their antique value.

The actual nickname for the longcase clock is most commonly the grandfather clock. The grandfather clock had become the most popular nickname for a longcase clock because of the popular for it’s time 1876 song “My Grandfather’s Clock”. according to the Oxford dictionary, this popular song had familiarised the name “Grandfather Clock” to the average person, and after a while it became the popular nickname. The actual story regarding the song “My Grandfather’s Clock” is almost as strange as the nickname itself. It had been composed by an American songwriter by the name of “Henry Clay Work”, who once visited England. Within his hotel had stood a longcase clock, and as the story goes, the original owner of the clock had passed, in which the clock had suddenly stopped telling time accurately. After the second owner of the clock had passed away, the clock had stopped working altogether. Whether the story is true or not is unknown, but still interesting.

There is a lot more history regarding longcase clocks that I want to go into, but I have decided to split these blog posts into parts rather than one big post. There are two reasons that I have decided to do this.  The first reason is because of the amount of words that would be on the blog post if I was to do one big post. There would be just too many words to fit into one post and it would be very unappealing and difficult for some to read. The other reason is that there are so many different interesting facts that I don’t want any to be skipped over for the sake of finishing the article.

I hope you have enjoyed todays post, and if you would like to know more history regarding longcase clocks, then please make sure you keep reading some of our future posts today! We have also posted the last few days so please check those out if you get the chance to! I love being able to spread just some of the love that I have for clocks of all kinds. Although it could be considered a strange interest by some, I find it enjoyable.Thanks for reading!

Vivaldi’s Spring Clock

One of the coolest grandfather clocks that I have seen within the last few months is the Vivaldi’s Spring clock design. The Spring Clock is a relatively expensive product that is available on the market now, and when including the total price of the clock and factoring in the delivery cost and packaging, it would cost a total of £193 for customers within the United Kingdom. It would also take a relatively long time for the clock to arrive for those within the United Kingdom. It would take about 10 – 20 working days. The item itself is eligible for return within 14 days of the receipt, making it a somewhat flexible option for those who decide they do not still want the clock.

The official description of the grandfather clock is quite grand itself. The main tagline for the clock is “Evoking Glorious Times”. When looking at the grandfather clock both with first impressions over a picture and while looking at it in person, there is a hint of truth that it does invoke glorious feelings. It also makes a great pun with “Times”. For clock lovers and those who do not love clocks, it is hard to argue that it is a great pun, and everyone loves a good pun! In addition to a fantastic pun, the selling pitch for the clock is a very good description for the clock itself. It claims that the Clock is a celebration of creativity overall, and it is also a reincarnation of “good old times”. This will enable you to place a 2-meter piece of charm from the 18th century into a contemporary home, and they may also serve as a potential canvas for artists who want to create a world of time for their own.

The selling description invites the buyer or potential buyer to be with your loved ones. I’m not entirely sure what that would mean, but I’m sure there is a point into it that I cannot see that others may be able to. An additional selling point to the clock are the dimensions of size overall. The clock is roughly 210cm tall overall, with a 35cm width. The clock is also 3cm deep, with a 15cm deep back panel that allows for a free-standing option. The clock weighs a grand total of 4KG’s, making it relatively heavy. Finally, the “special high-quality cardboard panel” and clock mechanism works with a AA battery.

Now that I have gotten the sales pitch out of the way for the clock itself, I wanted to describe the feelings and thoughts that I have for the clock itself. There is a really nice design to it that is not entirely like other clocks around the world. My first impressions of the clock would suggest that there is a slight religious overtone to the design of the grandfather clock itself. There is a matronly figure painted in the middle of the clock itself. The figure is framed in what looks to be a grand painting frame and is help up by a baby-like figure. This baby-like figure is surrounded by vines around the bottom of the clock. Above the portrait of the matronly lady, there is two angel-looking figures staring at each other, with a mask head above. Slightly above the mask is the hands of the clock, which is overlooked by two doves perched upon a wooden arch.

There is a general colour scheme of brown, gold and tallow around the block itself. It looks like a religious clock that was painted in a time such as the 14th century, giving the entire clock a feeling of antiquity overall. While it is a very nice looking clock that gives a semblance of religion, it definitely seems like a grandfather clock that is designed for someone who is either a churchgoer, or a older person who is attracted by antique items. This is not a clock that I would purchase for my own home, but I can also see how it would not be out of place in many homes around the world. The wood and the carpentry are exceptional, however.

Wooden Clocks in Liverpool!

Here at BRDWatches, I have a large passion for wooden clocks. As a carpenter who specialises in woodworking and creating large clocks such as grandfather clocks, I am obsessed with blocks around the world. It is a profession that has been handed down within my family for many generations, and I have developed a deep love and passion for the industry. As someone who has also travelled around the world, I have managed to see many different clocks around the world. This probably won’t sound very interesting to many people around the world, but hopefully the only people that are reading this blog are people who share the same hobby too!

In fact, within my travels around the world I have managed to see many different wooden clocks inspired by many different cultures. My favourite type of wooden clock are grandfather clocks, and although many feels that they must be the same general look and design, I disagree with this significantly. Some of the amazing patterns and designs that I have been able to see around the world of grandfather clocks have been really inspiring and eye opening to me. There are so many that are inspired or designed by the culture of the country that they are from, and others that are even designed and inspired just by the city that it was made in. There are many carpenters and clockmakers around the world that are culturally proud, so being able to see these clocks come to life has been interesting to see.

Some of the clock makers and carpenters around the world are also incredible at wood carving. I hadn’t realised how many amazing wood carved patterns you can make in the sides and face of the clock itself. Depending on the size and scale of the clock itself, it also allows for a larger space of creativity that is amazing to see. When they can create such grand designs and creative carvings, it really becomes a skill that you feel you need to learn just to be able to be as creative and skilled as them. The layer of imprinting that is open to wood carvers are also something that is amazing to take advantage of. Many of the carpenters also ensure to create a thick, wood filled clock as opposed to one that is hollowed. This makes for more detailed and impressive designs.

Finally, another thing that is interesting depending on the culture that the clock was created in is the paints that can be used. This is something that I do unfortunately disagree with. I think painting a clock rather than a standard finish and polish is something that is unnecessary and slightly ruins the overall enjoyment of the clock itself. Half of the appeal of grandfather clocks are the amazing materials that can be used to create grandfather clocks. Since there are so many different types of timber that can be used to create these clocks that can look amazing after polishing, and with some of the potential carvings that can be created, make the clock even more amazing than first thought.

Hopefully you enjoyed todays blog post. This is the first blog post I have ever made so I am sorry if it has been a bit of a ramble. I hope to be able to structure my next posts better and keep on a specific topic.

 

Thanks for reading!