incessant ramblings

Quinquagenarius

January 11th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not long ago I was approached to create a mechanical clock that would commemorate a client’s 50th birthday. He wanted something similar to an earlier piece I made called “Mechanical No.6”. This is what I have so far. A clock-in-the-works titled “Quinquagenarius” which is a classical latin word meaning “fifty years old”.

I decided to use several pieces of layered metal for the dials and some of the decorative extremities in order to create a nice amount of depth. The center window in the smaller dial is where the escapement will be ticking away and there will be an attached hand counting off the seconds.

All of the pieces of metal are cut and the gear train is finished. Now it’s time to start making lots and lots of screws and assembling everything.

Stay tuned & Thanks for visiting the site!

New Year New Projects

January 5th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019 will be kicking off with a couple of exciting new mechanical pieces.

The first drawing is my very first perpetual-calendar clock titled “Perpetual No.1”. Clock-collectors and watch buffs will know that the word “perpetual” refers to. It means that the calendar mechanism will account for whether there are 30 or 31 days in the month, automatically clicking the indicators forward the correct amount of days. It also accounts for February, in which there are only 28 days and the day indicator needs to automatically move forward four clicks. AND FINALLY it keeps track of leap-year, when every fourth February the hand only goes forward three rather than four. This four year mechanical cycle repeats, “perpetually” keeping track of the month and date forever.

The second drawing is a commission that will commemorate a client’s 50th anniversary. I customized a double-dial design for him based on a piece titled “Mechanical No.6” which was finished a decade ago. I’m really looking forward to creating this one, and really love the design. One notable difference from the piece it’s based on: “Mechanical No.6” had the minutes on the big dial, and the hours on the small dial. This new iteration will have both the minutes and hours on the big dial, and the small dial will feature a second-hand with an exhibition dead-beat escapement in the center. It will also have his birthday in romans, and of course the handmade chain just like the original.

The double-dial commission will be getting most of my attention in the coming months, so a majority of my upcoming posts will be about that. However I already have over 400 hours into the perpetual clock, and I’ll throw up some pictures (and video!) of that piece soon.

One more thing…If you’re interested in commissioning a clock for 2019 I still have room for one more this year. I’ve been drawing and creating lots of clock-plans for future endeavors, and I’ll be posting those soon. Don’t hesitate to email me and I can give you the details about how to have a piece of your own custom made by 2020.

Thank you & Enjoy the new year!

Booklets for Sale

November 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New booklets are now for sale in the shop. 48 pages of offset-printed clockwork candy for your eyeballs. This 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 book features a collection of my best horological work, including photos of “The Jungers Commission”. It also has pictures and descriptions of my process, so you can get a glimpse of how the gears and screws are made.

Click on the “SHOP” link above and buy yours today.

Finished Commission

November 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest quartz commission is finished! As requested this one is about double the size of my usual quartz work, although it’s hard to tell on the white background with no context. After testing the clock for a few days, and enjoying the impact and readability of a piece this size, I’ve decided I’ll likely be making more quartz work on this scale. I’ll be sad to see it go, but happy that the client will enjoy it, and give it a good home.

Floating Commission

November 10th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently completed a quartz piece titled “Floating” which featured calligraphy suspended along the dial rim. Someone in Florida really liked it and decided they wanted a much larger version, so I customized the design for them, and began construction of this piece.

The original is 20” wide, and is one of my favorite quartz pieces to date. This one however has a 42” wingspan, and is cut from thick 1/4” brass. Everything is coming together nicely so far.

More progress posts coming soon!

Note: “Floating” is available in the shop now. Also, if you’re interested in a commission of your own, don’t hesitate to contact me via email at: info@ericfreitas.com

Thank you!

Art Prize 2018

August 25th, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Twisted Twelve” will be making an appearance at Art Prize 2018 in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. It will be on display at Divani, an intimate and refined restaurant and bar. The pictures, and even videos of this piece simply don’t do it justice, so if you can see it in person I highly recommend it. Divani delivers intimate top-notch dining as well, so it might be a smart move to book reservations for your visit, and add fine cuisine and excellent drinks to your art-viewing experience.

Art Prize will take place throughout downtown Grand Rapids, MI from Sep 19, 2018 – Oct 7, 2018

This is my first time participating in this event. I’ve heard a lot about Art Prize over the years, and decided to take part this year. I’m currently planning on being there in person for as many days as possible, including the opening of preview week, the main opening day of art prize, and many of the Friday’s and Saturdays. The specific dates are still up in the air, but I’ll keep everyone posted.

See you there!

Paper Moon

July 2nd, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Paper Moon” Complete

The concept drawing for this piece was finished back in 2016. It was always one of my favorite designs and I knew that I would have to make it some day. Two years later I’m happy to finally hear it ticking in my home with a steady one second pulse.

This is my first wall-hung clock with a moon-phase dial. I originally learned how to make a lunar-display mechanism when I was building the 7 1/2-foot-tall clock titled “The Jungers Commission.”

This is also my first clock with a one-month power reserve. It’s quite convenient to only have to wind it up every 32 days. I must admit though, I kind of like winding it and hearing the ratcheting sound, so it probably won’t make it to a month very often. The light-brown surfaces are made of kitikata rice-paper. The moon is also kitikata paper (thus the title) and the face was painted with oil paint.

Paper Moon

June 22nd, 2018

 

 

 

 

This little project had to be put on hold for a few months in order to take on two amazing commission opportunities. Now I’m diving back into it, and looking forward to it’s completion.

Clock Commission Complete

June 21st, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My latest commission is finished! This particular piece is very significant to me for a couple of reasons. It’s based on one of my earlier favorites named “Twisted Twelve”, and I really like the way this iteration came out. This also marks the very first time that I created a mechanical commission for a client overseas. It’s now in transit with a very thorough set of instructions, and some bulletproof packaging. I’m going to be a bit anxious until it arrives, but I’m also very excited, both for the client’s reaction, and for a successful delivery.

Mechanical Clock

May 26th, 2018

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It’s been roughly two months since my last web post, which frankly is a bit disconcerting for me. I find it funny that I’m a clockmaker, and in the temporal vacuum of my basement shop I seem to let months go by before I emerge into the sunlight to revisit the flesh-people. Such is the life of a reclusive independent clockmaker.

Apologies for the absence…not because I’m delusional enough to think that you’ve all been waiting for me, but because now I have to unload a large bucket of progress photos on you to get you up to date.

So, here’s what I’ve been up to. In January, I was contacted by a client in London to create a handmade custom clock for him. He wanted a ticking sculpture in the spirit of “Twisted Twelve”, but with different dimensions, and a one second beat. After some concept work, I began fabrication of this bespoke timepiece.

This clock is actually a bit further along than what’s pictured. I’ll be posting more soon, including the video of it ticking on the wall, in it’s current and nearly complete state.

For more frequent updates, you can follow me on Instagram, or Facebook.

Thank you!