Wedding Clocks

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Project by matworz posted 02-09-2009 05:15 AM 1881 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to make small clocks for friends and family getting married. I put a brass plaque with the Bride/Groom’s names and the date. I try to personalize the style to the individual.

First clock is from walnut and tiger maple.
Second is from recycled quartersawn white oak.
Third is from walnut.

The second clock I called “Something Old, Something New”, the recipient is a very enviro-conscious girl. Here is the write-up I attached with the clock:

Something Old, Something New

An Enduring Tradition

“Something old” symbolizes continuity with the family and the past. “Something new” signifies optimism and hope for the new life ahead.

Marriage is a tradition that has been at the heart of family life for centuries. Your marriage adds you to the list of countless others that have joined together as husband and wife, yet each marriage is a new creation. It is a unique relationship between the two of you, yet time-tested. It embodies the act of “leaving” your family of origin and “cleaving” to your new spouse – creating a brand-new family from two formerly separate individuals.

This clock was created to celebrate your marriage by combining the use of antique materials with new in a blend of traditional and modern.

Something Old Made New Again

The wood used to create this clock was reclaimed from an antique phone booth that once stood on a street corner in the City of Milwaukee. Wisconsin Bell had hundreds of these wooden booths in the early 1900’s. By the early 1950’s, they were phased out in favor of the aluminum and glass style booth.

The wood chosen to build these early booths was quartersawn white oak, a reference to the board cutting technique. These boards have growth rings at a 60-90 degree angle to the face of the board. Quartersawn boards yield wood with beautiful ray fleck. The “ray fleck” or “flake” of a quartersawn board is the medullary ray of the log, which emanates outward from the center of the log like spokes of a wheel. Quartersawn white oak has very pronounced “ray fleck”, easily seen by the naked eye. It is visible as white “rays” that go across the grain. Quartersawn white oak was not chosen in the original application for its’ beauty however, rather for its’ strength, stability and weather resistance – another desirable trait of quartersawn white oak. Unfortunately, the beauty of this fine wood has been hidden by the dark stain used on the original piece as well as the age of the finish.

The original finish was left untouched on some parts of this piece to highlight the age of the original antique – evoking the “traditional”. You will see marks, scars and some of the original nail holes and paint that have accumulated through the years. While the base and side retain the original finish untouched, the clock board – while created from the same original source wood – has had the original finish mechanically removed and has been refinished as new, yet with a very traditional method. The clock mechanism itself is a modern quartz movement that requires no maintenance other than occasional battery replacement. It is made in the USA and carries a 10 year warranty. This balance between old and new is to signify that although your marriage is new, it rests on many hundreds of years of tradition.

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#1 posted 02-09-2009 05:17 AM

The first clock is gorgeous !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 02-09-2009 05:37 AM

Very nice clocks.
I like the first one, it has the wedding element!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 02-09-2009 05:37 AM

Nice design. Really like the insert as well, how it shows the date in a classy way. Mind sharing your source?

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#4 posted 02-09-2009 06:20 AM

These inserts were from, unfortunately, they are no longer available. I bought 2 more when I found out they were going to discontinue them. I can make 2 more with these beautiful inserts. They are from Hermle in Germany, if anyone has another source for these, please let me know!

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#5 posted 02-09-2009 07:38 AM

Very nice. Another great wedding or christmas gift.

-- Alan, Prince George

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#6 posted 02-09-2009 07:39 AM

Very nice clocks! Love the story that goes with them. Allways great to make it more personal when giveing a gift. A lot of thought went into the use of materials. Again, Very nicely done.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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