M-11 Galileo Clock

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Project by Charles Maxwell posted 02-09-2016 05:21 PM 3875 views 12 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m back . . . with another clock! This one is a version (adaptation) of a 17th Century clock made from a drawing left by Galileo (in Pisa, Italy) to his son. His son attempted and failed to build his father’s clock and it wasn’t until the 19th century that a working model was eventually created (see Porcellottii). Today, you can see a similar clock (all metal) here –
Like my last clock M-10, this one is a post wedding gift to my daughter who married in April 2015 . . . yes it takes that long to design and build. It’s made with East Indian Rose wood Maple, Pakauk, Ebony, Poplar (legs) and brass. The bob is fashioned from an old Waterford perfume bottle and contains sand from the beach at Islamorada (Key West, Florida) where she married. Finished with lacquer on the legs and hand rubbed tung oil followed by BrixWax (the best!). Weights are 15 lbs a piece, heavy because the escapement is inefficient by 21st century standards, and run time on a single wind is 24 hours. PS: Just learned that my M-10 clock will be published in Fine Woodworking Mag soon (Reader’s Gallery) and I’m going to submit this clock later this year.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#1 posted 02-09-2016 05:45 PM

Extremely interesting and beautiful work that you showed us! Bravo.


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#2 posted 02-09-2016 05:51 PM

That is a remarkable clock as always, Charles. Cutting the gears must be an elaborate process. Is the smaller dial for seconds?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 02-09-2016 05:54 PM

Absolutely beautiful.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 02-09-2016 06:12 PM

Smaller dial is seconds . . .

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#5 posted 02-09-2016 07:36 PM

I have no words, so I’ll just leave this here…

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#6 posted 02-09-2016 10:13 PM

Hello Charles, Your work is to be highly respected, and the clocks which I have just reviewed in your postings are works to be treasured by their lucky owners. Are you a member of the NAWCC? If you are, have you entered any, or all, of your clocks in the annual members competition held in conjunction with the National Convention? If not, I would encourage you to do so. Also, after reading your home page, about wanting to enter into the busness aspect of clocks, membership in the NAWCC would be a valuable network of international contacts to launch such an endeavor. I am a member of the NAWCC and truly enjoy beautiful timepiece. My collection includes woodworks clocks by Eli Terry & Sons ca. 1823.
Enrico J. Caruso

-- Enrico, Stow OHIO

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#7 posted 02-09-2016 10:17 PM

charles, as always you are the master clock maker, i stand all amazed at the level of craftsmanship, your clocks will be works of art for ages to come…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 02-09-2016 11:12 PM

I’m always amazed at your work, this is no exception. Well done sir.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 02-10-2016 12:18 AM

Hi Charles,

WOW!!! Beautiful is the first thought that crossed my mind. Masterpiece!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 02-10-2016 12:52 AM

Holy smokes that is an amazing clock! The clockworks are so intricate—and functional too! I’ll bet that beauty is a joy to have in the house, and I would be watching it all the time!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 02-10-2016 01:07 AM


-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#12 posted 02-10-2016 01:09 AM

So much detail in that clock…very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#13 posted 02-10-2016 01:21 AM

Wow, this is awesome.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#14 posted 02-10-2016 01:26 AM


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

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#15 posted 02-10-2016 01:51 AM

Beautiful!! what a work of Art!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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