|Forum topic by Moron||posted 07-13-2010 03:22 PM||1221 views||1 time favorited||10 replies|
07-13-2010 03:22 PM
Who has time for whats important in life.
I recieved a project to restore the following clock. the clock was originally built in 1830, in Toronto Ontario Canada by a craftsman, known then as a “Joiner”. This chp happened to be from Ireland. The clock was entirely built with hand tools, planes, moulding planes, fret saws etc. If you look at it closely it is very impressive. Imagine cuttind the round upper door and carcass, entirley with hand tools.
The piece was in what I would call “good” condition but had a gazillion coats of finish on it. So many coats that many of the fine details were hidden from the build up of finish. 2 of the return mouldings under the upper and middle section were missing and a coupleof the lower and middle sections had portions of the arvings broken off and missing. The very top carving was also missing and this proved to be quite challenging as there was no reference to make a new one despite many hours of research.
There was a lock with for the lower door but no key but being a skeleton key, I simplymade a new one by probing with dental tools to find the windings on the inside. A good soak and all worked well.
Also the middle door had been repaired by an ameteur and had to be broken apart and rebuilt.
I tried several attempts at cheating and tried using my power carvers but in the end, the carvings had to be done just like they did in 1830…............by hand.
-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso