incessant ramblings

Motion Works Gears

August 22nd, 2019

Wait for it…..click, whirrrr, click click.

I just finished the small motion works gears behind the main hands and decided to shoot a vid of the date change at midnight. One thing I’d like to point out: My wife has an alarm on her phone that goes off at midnight, which you can hear in the background right after the click…at midnight.

Almost there

August 19th, 2019

Closing in on the finish line of “Perpetual No.1”. There are still a few smaller gears, as well as the weight and the pendulum, which need to be sculpted. The bulk of the work is done though.

This was my first perpetual-calendar mechanism and I really wanted to take my time and get it right. Lots of parts were re-cut, sometimes over a dozen times, until both the design and function were perfect. It’s been quite a project, and it’s shaping up to be well worth all of the work.

More soon.

Perpetual No.1 Progress

June 19th, 2019

Here’s the latest on the perpetual-calendar clock. The hand-painted calendar dials are finished, complete with a pair of hands that I sculpted to look like the main clock-hands without competing too much. I’ve also started sculpting and hand-painting the main number-panels.SHOW MORE

Finished!

June 5th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest commission is finally finished! Soon this piece will be re-locating to it’s home in Poland and it will be missed. This mechanical work is for a milestone 50th birthday, thus the title. It’s based on a clock I made over a decade ago named “Mechanical No.6”. I’ve learned a lot in the last ten years and I’ve always wanted to re-visit that design with an upgraded bag of experience & knowledge. I’m very grateful that this client gave me the opportunity.

Home Stretch

May 22nd, 2019

Coming down the home stretch now:) All of the large gears are finished and I’ve started sculpting the frame. Commission completion in 2-3 weeks.

First Gear Finished

May 17th, 2019

First finished gear for the latest commission. Cut, carved, aged, and balanced.

Paper Moon Upgrade

May 14th, 2019

 

 

 

 

Okay so I know clockmaking isn’t supposed to be spontaneous, but I was staring at this clock the other day and decided it needed a little something more. All of the brush-lettering is a new addition. I should note that this paper was NOT easy to paint on. It’s super absorbent and the fibers pull up easily, making it a little fuzzy on the surface. Imagine trying to do calligraphy on a paper towel.

Pendulum

May 10th, 2019

I’ve just finished the pendulum bob on the latest commission. I though I’d throw up a quick vid to show it. This is one of those parts in which the detail will often be missed, since it hangs so low, an isn’t the focal point of the clock. But just in case someone gives it a look I put the work in anyway. This was also a good opportunity to show off the handmade chain a bit more.

More progress every day. Another post soon.

Enjoy!

New Instagram Page

May 9th, 2019

 

While I try to update this blog as much as possible, the ease of using Instagram means that I much more frequently post progress and other interesting news there.

If you were previously following me on Instagram, please note that my old account (ericfreitas12) no longer exists.

My new account is: ericfreitas24 with the name “The Clockwork of Eric Freitas”.

Hope to see you there!

Acid Etching

May 9th, 2019

One more part finished & added to the clock. The client for this commission wanted Roman numerals to show his birthday, since the piece is to commemorate his 50th. The numerals themselves were acid-etched, and the decorative frame piece was cut out and sculpted in my usual manner. So…what’s next then? Sculpting the gears? Adding hands? Decisions decisions….