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Blog entry by RTosto posted 03-14-2011 07:11 AM 1470 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I came across a wooden watch for sale in a local art store. Every bit of the watch was wood, including the band, excluding the internals and some pins. It was beautiful and really unique, and I picked it up gingerly assuming it was a master carpenter’s exquisite piece, and was shocked to see a reasonable price tag.

There seem to be two major companies manufacturing these, one of them out of Canada ( http://tensewatch.com/ ). Being relatively new to woodworking, I can’t help but wonder how they are making these. They must be mass produced considering the price, but how? They are intricate enough that I thought they would surely have to be handmade.

It definitely makes me want to try making one myself (and I don’t wear a watch), but the band pieces and the watch face are intimidating. I was also suprised to see that they don’t have any finishing, leaving them very exposed to weather. Anyone here ever make something like this?



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TopamaxSurvivor

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#1 posted 03-14-2011 08:36 AM

i doubt if the movements are wod ;-)) hey are mnost likely like everything else, made by slaves in the far east. You can get a lots of hours for a few dollars over there. As long as we keep printing money, it will be fine.

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 09:30 AM

At one time Lee Valley carried a Wooden Pocket Watch, a Wooden Mans Wrist Watch, and a Wooden Ladies Wrist Watch.

Guess who just HAD TO HAVE ALL THREE!! Me! Me! Me! I still have them. The Pocket Watch is my Favourite!!

Now they only sell the Chain for the Pocket Watch. I just grabbed the Picture and it shows it along with the Pocket Watch. It sells for $4.95.

Their “Engineers Compass is also a MUST HAVE at $9.95!! Yes! I have one! Can’t count how many times I’ve used it ….LOL… Sort of a watch???

If worse comes to worse their ”Tim Hortons Rim Roller Upper” at $2.50 might be worth considering. No. Not Yet.

Rick

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#3 posted 03-14-2011 12:00 PM

If that watch is about 15 inches long with a 2 1/4 inch clock face, the plans for it are featured in Wood magazine from September, 1996 on page 56.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#4 posted 03-14-2011 12:03 PM

By the way, I tried to log on to that website, but my browser couldn’t find it.

I want to make one of these once I get the clock part.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 03-14-2011 12:35 PM

Tiny:

You lost me. I believe we are talking about “Watches”. What is 15” Long? The chain? Website? Topamax “commondreams .org”? IE 7 handled it okay. VERY Interesting Reading!!

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Thanks Topamax.

Rick

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#6 posted 03-14-2011 03:10 PM

Is this thread about wooden watches or politics? If I want to hear politics I’ll watch Fox News or MSNBC. But I think RTosto would rather you didn’t hijack his thread, eh?

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#7 posted 03-14-2011 03:55 PM

Hey RTosto, Thanks a bunch for the link. I just went on there web site and was amazed at whats there. I too have never seen any thing like this. I ordered one and will probrably order more after checking out the first one I get. I love watches and wear different ones all the time. I already have to many but these are super cool. Thanks again and by the way I agree with StumpyNubs

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#8 posted 03-14-2011 04:31 PM

I just hope it’s ok to pay a link to their website! I should probably mention that I’m not affiliated with that company in any way.

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#9 posted 03-15-2011 02:36 PM

Sorry, but not being able to contact the website meant that I didn’t know these were wearable watches. the one in the magazine is a decorative one, a copy of a buckle type mens wristwatch that is 15 inches long when used as a wall hung clock. It may also be used as a desk clock.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 03-15-2011 03:55 PM

There was a woodworking mag. that had a story and plan to make them, I sold a lot of them on my internet store and at art shows. It is a good seller. There are two different ones ,a sold band and a rolex flex band.I have pictures of them on my web site.
Chuck

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#11 posted 03-15-2011 11:25 PM

StumpyNuts:

I think RTosto is capable eough to speak for himself...eh!! Aside from MORE Criticism as usual….your Contrbution to this Post is what? eh?

RTosto: No problem at all Posting a Link to their Website. It’s done all the time, if for no other reason than to clarify the Topic you are talking about. You did just that, quite nicely, thank you!!

If perchance you might feel as “StumyNuts” said, that there was some attempt on my part to “Hijack” your Post, I can assure you that was NOT my intent.

Regards: Rick

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