|Project by Derek||posted 06-01-2016 11:49 PM||1581 views||11 times favorited||12 comments|
Zybach is a simple weight driven wooden gear clock. Its circular forms are reminiscent of crop circles, giving the clock its name. It’s named after Frank Zybach, inventor of the center pivot irrigation system, which revolutionized farming in the mid 1900s.
This is a piece that took far longer than expected to complete. I expected that after building more complicated mechanisms like those in my Colibri sculpture, designing components for a clock like Zybach would be quick and easy. I was wrong! Although a majority of the design was trouble-free to create, I went though three completely unique iterations of escapement design before I finally had something that worked well. Creating Zybach turned out to be a humbling experience for me. It reminded me that things are not always as simple as they may appear to be. Even a seemingly simple mechanism can take a surprising amount of effort to get right.
That said, Zybach is finished, fully functional, and if you would like to build one yourself, you can purchase the woodworking plans at my website: www.derekhugger.com
For a free set of sample plans for Zybach, click here.
And last but not least, here’s a video of Zybach running: https://youtu.be/QJ_tt9Cdxh4