incessant ramblings


May 27th, 2016






There’s still quite a bit of work left to do on this piece, but most of the cosmetic things have recently been completed, so it’s really starting to look like something. The paper on the number pieces, fanning out from the center, were re-done quite a few times before I arrived at the right color, and finish. What finally worked was kitikata rice paper, and a subtle oil treatment. That yielded a nice warm color, a tattered surface, and enough contrast to pop the dark colored metal.

Quartz Commission Finished

May 17th, 2016


The double dial piece that I’ve been working on over the last few months is finished. The smaller dial of this piece has a sweep second hand, and the larger dial has the standard minute, and hour hands.


April 25th, 2016






The finished barrel for the latest mechanical piece. I tried to pack a lot of detail into this 5″ gear. I really like the way it turned out!

First Photos

April 18th, 2016


April 15th, 2016


Here’s the latest progress on the double dial quartz piece. The only piece left to cut and assemble are the dial markings. Once that’s finished, I can begin sculpting everything.


April 14th, 2016



This is the finished barrel, great wheel, click assembly for the latest mechanical. The threads provide a guide for the line, so it doesn’t cross while the clock is being wound.

I actually have a weight hanging from it right now, and the clock is running by itself for the first time! (in the last video I was gently pushing on the center gear)

More soon!

One fish two fish

April 13th, 2016




The clock is finally installed in the wine cellar! I have a very large folder full of photos to sift through, so here’s a couple of fisheye shots to hold you over until I can go through everything.

Double dial progress

March 29th, 2016





The body of the double dial piece that I’ve been working on is all cut out, and lining up nicely! The two roman numerals, and the dial markings are on their way.

First Ticks

March 26th, 2016

The first pulse is always one of the best parts of the fabrication process. These are the first ticks of the new mechanical piece that I’ve been working on.

Mechanical Progress

March 10th, 2016

Here’s what I have so far for the mechanical piece I’ve been working on. All of the gears are cut, and all of them, with the exception of the big one, are carved and finished off. I’ve also cut the escapement anchor out of tool steel. The plates for the frame have been cut from 1/4 inch brass, which should make for a very rigid frame for the gears.