|Project by WPatrick||posted 01-05-2013 09:09 PM||2278 views||8 times favorited||21 comments|
Tall Case Marquetry Clocks
I have made several tall case clocks. Here are two of the most recent. I use the Painting in Wood process to make the marquetry. I use sawn veneers which are 1.5mm thick. Only the green and blue woods are tinted. All the other colors are natural. The finish is French Polish shellac.
I carve the rope twist columns and the cross grain molding. The gilt bronze capitals and bases to the columns are from Optimum Brasses in London, which I send to Paris for gilding.
The works are from David Lindow, working in Gravity, Pennsylvania. They are authentic works to the period, which is the end of the 17th century. They keep very accurate time and run for a week before winding.
Both of these clocks have sold. I am currently starting work on another clock which will contain some period works by Daniel Lecount, a Parisian clockmaker working in London around 1680. I am going to recreate exactly one of his documented marquetry cases for these works. These clocks take about 800 hours to complete.
I hope you like my clocks. It seems that the world of mechanical clocks is shrinking and in danger of disappearing in our modern world. This is my effort to keep the craft alive.
Needless to say, these projects are made entirely without power tools or modern methods.
-- WPatrick, San Diego, http://www.WPatrickEdwards.blogspot.com