A few years ago I saw plans for a clock that I rally liked and have wanted to build ever since. So, about a month ago, I decided that it was finally time to do it.
Needing Christmas presents for my four adult kids and their families, I decided to make 5, one for each kid and one for myself. So, even though I was already into two projects, (two more commissioned caskets) and I don’t really like to do different projects concurrently, I started on them. Being big on symbolism and wanted to personalize each clock to each one, including myself. All are posted in my projects.
Mine is of reclaimed California redwood, (born in California) with a ceramic tile of a moose (Alaskan, of course).
My oldest daughter lives in Idaho so I used some Western White Pine which I got from a small mill in Idaho. The family likes sailing and they have a sailboat, so the tile is of a sailboat.
My next daughter and her family lives in southern Utah, and being unable to come up with a wood symbolic for her, I used a piece of spalted maple that has been laying in the shop for years, and since she likes frogs and collects frog knickknacks I got a green frog tile for her.
Next is my son and his family who live not too far from us here in Alaska, so I made his clock from Alaskan Yellow Cedar, which I picked up a few years ago at a small custom sawmill in Ketchikan while on vacation touring through Southeast Alaska. (It really smells great). My son loves boating and the ocean so I chose a tile of an Orca whale.
My youngest, the third daughter, and her husband, who is from Ghana, and who she met while serving in the Peace Corps in Ghana, live in Nevada. To symbolize their African heritage, I chose bubinga for their clock and a tile of an elephant.
So, thanks for looking and reading, hope you weren’t too bored, and best wishes to all.
-- AKDave Chugiak, Alaska, firstname.lastname@example.org