Past Clockmaking Classes
I used to conduct clockmaking classes from time to time.
Here are some scenes from a 2004 class.
Dry-fitting a Clock Case Prior to Final Assembly
A Clockmaking Class That I Held in May of 2004
Four photos, above and below: Obtaining the perfect fit—students assemble and apply mahogany veneer to a door frame similar to the ones on the Connecticut Shelf Clock at the top of the page. This procedure has no margin for error; the veneer must fit exactly with no gaps.
Above: At left, students cut gold leaf on a leather pad in preparation for applying it to a clock ornament. In the foreground is the 100+ page clockmaking workbook that each student takes home. At right, a student uses a brush called a gilder’s tip to apply the gold leaf to the ornament. The gilder’s tip provides a gentle way of moving the fragile gold leaf from the pad to the workpiece. The gold leaf adheres to the gilder’s tip not by static electricity, as one might think, but by oil, ususally obtained by the gilder running the gilder’s tip through his hair or over the skin on his forehead or the side of his nose.
Left: My Coffin Clock of
highly figured maple.

Right: A Class Photo from a previous two-day course that I taught.
9" W. X 37" H.

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