My Goddard Newport Tallcase Clock

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Blog entry by RogerBean posted 03-13-2016 04:48 PM 575 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LJ Mark recently sent me a note and noticed I’d been off line for a while and asked what I was working on. Well, after finishing up my Pembroke table in November, I began a long-delayed tall case clock project. It actually began about twenty years when I was very taken with a Bartley Newport Clock they were offering as a kit, but being stubborn, I wanted to make it myself. So I ordered all the parts (movement, face, pendulum, weights) from Hermle, intending to build the same clock.

For many reasons the project kept dropping off the top of the project list till this winter. However, on revisiting the clock, I decided to change the form from the gooseneck Goddard clock, to an earlier version by Stephen Goddard that I now preferred… using the same movement and face.

Here’s where it stands:

Yesterday, I added the bonnet cover and finished and glued up the molding at the base of the hood:

And yet another view:

I still have the hood moldings to make and install. That’s on the agenda next. Then, there’s all the little turning projects: the quarter columns, the four hood columns, and of course, the finials. Also carving the shell on the door. With finishing, I’m probably looking at a month or so before it is actually done.

It’s easy to see that this project is challenging my small garage shop.

So, for any who are curious, this is what’s been on my bench for the past four months. Thanks for looking in.


-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#1 posted 03-13-2016 05:30 PM

Hi Roger
It is standing tall and proud what an undertaking .
Are you working of a plan or just by pictures as you are saying that this is your design interpretation and what is the wood .


-- Kiefer

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#2 posted 03-13-2016 06:02 PM

Good question. I intended to mention that a set of very detailed plans for this type of clock is available to members of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers on their great website: (BTW, this is a wonderful reference and source for those interested in period furniture, and I cannot recommend it too highly.) The plans were drawn by Ed Stuckey of Detroit and are very accurate to the original. My clock is nearly the same but differs in some details, influenced by Jeffrey Green’s Goddard clock. see:

This one is mahogany, and in nearly all respects very close to a Goddard original. It will finish out to be 97 1/2” high. While it is not a direct copy of a specific clock I’m trying to keep it as close as possible to an original from the Goddard shop. If I were doing this clock again, I would probably go with a period accurate movement and face, such as one from David Lindow, but I’ve had this movement for many years waiting for a case. So maybe next time.

Anyway, I’m enjoying the project, and making the period accurate moldings with hand planes. I’m slow, but I’m gradually learning. LOL

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#3 posted 03-14-2016 12:17 AM

Nice Roger, good to see pictures of your work on the site again.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#4 posted 03-14-2016 01:15 AM

Hey Roger, the clock is really begining to take shape!
I read the details about what got you started on the clock and the fact that detailed plans are available from sapfm with interest. Ahem…. no… i’m not going to try to reproduce this one :)

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#5 posted 03-14-2016 02:58 AM


It looks like it will be worth the 20-year wait! It hasn’t taken 20 years because you’re slow though (unlike me) . . . just because you’ve been so busy being productive with other fabulous projects. We’ll all be excited to see it when it’s done.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#6 posted 04-04-2016 01:19 PM

This will be one fine clock Roger. I can imagine that the hood moldings are a challenge, especially when done with hand tools. I can’t wait to see the finished project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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