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Location: Torbay, Newfoundland, Canada

My name is David Goodyear, a medical physicist, with a passion for woodworking. My passion started about 10 years ago. Using simple tools I created a rustic hutch for our new home. I remember being so proud of my hutch. At the time I thought it was beautiful! My art has evolved substatially since that time. My pieces have evolved from screws and nails on to traditionally joinery. Then I discovered a wooden clock kit! My interests in woodworking and training in physical sciences seemed fitting for tackling such a feat: Creating a clock entirely from wood! It was a great project. It introduced me to the principals of clockbuilding and I haven't turned back. Although the quality of my projects has changed remarkably in recent years, I still keep that first hutch in our dining room as a reminder that things change, and with work and determination you can take your art to the next level.

As a woodworker, I have a passion for creating objects from wood and sharing this with others is my ultimate goal. If someone wishes to buy a clock I can sell it to them. Now, if one wishes to build it themselves, I can help! I plan to offer several courses on clockbuilding. The first course, will focus on clock mechanics and the necessary components for building a simple clock. The second course will focus as a practical guide to building a clock. For the amateur woodworker, I will offer plans and a material kit for purchase. For those with CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines, I will offer templates for cutting your own parts.

A clock is fairly simple mechanical system. Put simply, it is a collection of gears which rotate on arbors, a power source, and a pendulum to regulate time. My clocks are usually designed using several materials. The common materials include brass arbors, a wooden frame and wooden gears. All wooden gears are cut from solid baltic birch plywood, which is void free, has furniture quality veneer, and is dimensionally stable. I avoid using stains and prefer to work with contrasting hardwoods. The design of the clock dictates where I use the materials. The design possibilities are endless and are limited only by imagination. From simple linear shapes to flowing organic forms, anything is possible. My designs are influenced by nature and personal interests. I try to integrate unique features in each design that distinguish my clocks from those of other artists. For example, chemical patinas on different metals can be used to create chaotic brilliant patterns. These can be used to create a focal point, spark interest and invoke conversation. However, a clock with a pendulum and moving gears made entirely of wood (which actually keeps excellent time!) is usually a conversation piece all on it's own!

What better way is there to pay homage to the rich history of engineers, physicists and inventors, whom have spent countless ages in the quest to measure time, then to package it all in a single moving piece of art: A wooden geared clock.

-- DJG

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#1 posted 06-24-2012 11:05 PM

Glad to see that you have made LumberJocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 06-25-2012 12:22 AM

Welcome to LJs. Great ideas here, as well as a great community of supportive, interesting, generous people. Make yourself at home

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 06-25-2012 12:39 AM

Thanks! Looking forward to the LumberJocks experience. I just added a review but can’t seem to see it on the reviews page. How long does it take to show up?

-- DJG

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#4 posted 06-25-2012 01:09 AM

Welcome To LumberJocks.
Good Luck…

-- Rick

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#5 posted 06-25-2012 05:41 AM

Welcome to Ljs a world wide community were there are great people,super projects and great woodworkers.Enjoy!

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 06-25-2012 02:36 PM

djg, be very welcome to Lumberjocks. Looking forward to read more from you and to see your work.

-- Bert

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#7 posted 06-25-2012 09:59 PM

Thanks for the warm welcome! Looking forward to being part of the community. For those of you who want to see my first tool review…here it is:


-- DJG

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#8 posted 06-25-2012 10:00 PM

Welcome …Glad you found us. You’re gonna like it here

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#9 posted 06-25-2012 11:34 PM

Welcome aboard. Nice that you could join us on Lumberjocks.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 12:59 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. You’ll find this to be a great site for picking up pointers and exchanging ideas on all things wood and even some that aren’t.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#11 posted 08-27-2012 10:45 AM

You are absolutely right about the clock. Welcome to LJ’s. Look forward to seein more o your projects. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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