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)