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!