Tall Case Marquetry Clocks

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Project by WPatrick posted 01-05-2013 09:09 PM 2898 views 9 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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,

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 09:16 PM

WOW!!! incredible!!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 09:32 PM


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#3 posted 01-05-2013 09:36 PM

You said, “It seems that the world of mechanical clocks is shrinking and in danger of disappearing in our modern world.” That means there is more opportunity !!!!

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 10:41 PM

This is a very beautiful and impressive clock. We still have a few hobbyists making clock works from brass here in Norway, so not all is lost. Let’s hope that your contributions will help keep these mechanical works of wonder alive. What tools do you use to create such detailed marquetry?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 10:49 PM

I studied under Dr. Pierre Ramond at ecole Boulle, in Paris for 4 years. I use the traditional “chevalet de marqueterie” and have a school here in San Diego, the American School of French Marquetry, which offers basic classes in these methods.

Thanks to this site, the chevalet is starting to be more popular. It allows very precise cutting of veneers, and is able to cut thick veneers and thick packets, including metals and exotic materials with ease and comfort.

-- WPatrick, San Diego,

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#6 posted 01-05-2013 11:09 PM

Absolutely stunning!

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#7 posted 01-05-2013 11:13 PM

Tripple WOW beyond impressive ,true master pieces.

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#8 posted 01-05-2013 11:33 PM

You have me Patrick, no words …........
and you know how uncharacteristic of me that is. :-)
I eagerly anticipate seeing the work in progress next month.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 12:22 AM

Your work is amazing as always.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 12:38 AM

Yes, I like your clocks!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 01:41 AM

I really admire the marquetry, I can’t even imagine cutting something like that. Beautiful work.

-- Tom D

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 02:21 AM

Patrick, you are a master craftsman, and these clocks are truly inspirational work. The London makers such as Daniel Quare, Thomas Cartwright and Peter Garon would be pleased to see that the high standards they worked to are still relevant in today’s age and being preserved by you. After spending 800 hrs on them though, I can’t imagine how you bear to part company with them at any price.

I ‘m with Paul, I can’t wait to see your progress on the Lecount clock in February! Can you share anything else with us about the particular clock that you are working on?

Not to hijack your thread, but if anyone is interested in seeing more examples of marquetry tall case clocks, check out my board on Pinterest:

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#13 posted 01-06-2013 02:36 AM

All of that beautiful work and only two pictures : (

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

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#14 posted 01-06-2013 03:57 AM


Your attention to detail is absolutely mind-boggling. We, too, wish you would share more pictures.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#15 posted 01-06-2013 04:13 AM

It is a treat for the eyes to see your work! Thanks for sharing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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