|Project by madburg||posted 02-08-2016 01:33 PM||703 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Marquetry grandfather clock
This was the third long case clock I made, and my first dabble at marquetry. Its case is based on a Marquetry longcase clock by William Grimes, made in London in 1685. The detail of the marquetry panels is however based on designs from a different clock. The caddy top and brass mounts are additional to the original Grimes case, though in keeping with the period.
Notice how crude the marquetry is – though probably in keeping with the period!! I vowed I would never do marquetry again but …..........
Any how I stack cut the flowers on a jig saw. They were done over size with some flipped so I got quite a few variations from one cutting. I then let the flowers into the back ground using bevel cutting with a hand held fret saw.
The clock case is made from solid Tasmainian oak, trimmed in solid walnut, walnut veneer and burr walnut with box wood stringing.
The working design is taken from drawings in the book ‘Wooden Clock Cases’ by David Bryant published in 1994. An excellent book if you like making clocks
It was expected that the clock would have been made before I migrated to Western Australia in 2006, hence Anston, the village in South Yorkshire where I used to live appears on the dial. The black tape covers my name as the pictures were taken prior to its entry in our local Woodworking competition.
The amazing period dial is made by John Skeavington, of Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, who has made several dials for me. I made the steel pierced hands. The movement, the best I could get, is a Kieninger KSU55 – weight driven, with triple chime on 9 bells, and automatic night silence.
We have four chiming clocks in our house so night silence is a must!!
-- Madburg WA