Materials and ordering information:
WOODS- I use only the highest grades of hand picked lumber. Most of the wood I use is highly figured quartersawn white oak but I have used many different types over the years. Cherry and Mahogany are wonderful as well for that great Arts & Crafts look.
FINISHES- There is an endless number of shades that are possible with today's stains and dyes. I think the darker colors really help accentuate the figure in the wood. My finish is a multi step process with aniline dyes, several coats of a hand rubbed tung oil-varnish and wax. I can match colors but I would need a sample of the color you want.
MOVEMENTS- When it comes to picking a movement there are several things to consider. Where is the clock going to placed. Do you want a chiming or non chiming movement and is it quartz or mechanical. Quartz movements are much less costly, have little maintenance and are more accurate. Chiming and non chiming units are available. Mechanical movements are considerably more expensive, will require cleaning and oiling in the future and have to be wound weekly. There are many types to choose from but the size and style of the case will determine what you can and cannot use. It's hard to beat the tic-toc sound of a nice mechanical movement.
CHIMES- Below are some samples of quartz chimes and mechanical chimes.
Mechanical bim-bam- coming soon.
Mechanical Westminster- coming soon.
Clock Faces- I make my own clock faces and pendulums. They are etched, hand hammered and patinated by me. You can not buy these in a store. It takes time to make them which adds to the cost of building the clock but they really add a look of quality that you will not get with a painted metal or paper face. You can choose from copper, brass or nickel silver. I don't usually put glass over the faces unless there is a door so if you want glass over the face let me know at the time of placing your order.
I love to build new designs so if you have an idea in mind let me know. The possibilities are endless.
TERMS- There is a 50% deposit due when the order is placed with the balance and shipping cost due upon completion. My usual lead time is 6-8 weeks but will vary depending on my current work schedule.