incessant ramblings


November 21st, 2016






The latest commission. Hand carved brass with kitikata rice paper. I like that this one is less dominant vertically or horizontally. I’m also happy with the feel of that thin piece of metal wrapping around the lower left of the dial.


NOTE: I’m in the process of finishing up my first non-commission piece in a long time. It will appear in the shop soon. If you’re on the mailing list (through the contact page of this site) you’ll be notified via email.


Thank you!

“The 8th of June”

October 20th, 2016






It’s always fun to create a piece with a story, and a personal element to it. My most recent clock was for a client who shared a birthday with his older brother…the 8th of June. For this reason, there are two numbers indicated around the perimeter, the 8 and the VI.

It was a pleasure to work on, and it should make a fantastic gift!

September Work

October 2nd, 2016

If you’re interested in commissioning a one-of-a-kind quartz piece such as this, check the shop of this site periodically for opportunities.

Last month two more quartz pieces were completed, both featuring a slightly different dial treatment than I’ve used before. I think it works very well for a couple of reasons. First, as a client of mine pointed out, an aged white color has a familiarity to it. Most clock faces are white, so amongst the chaos of my typical designs, theres something that brings you back home. The other is the structure in the dial markings which juxtapose the unbridled organic brass. The lighter white also adds a bit of contrast to the darker brass, and the tattered paper gives a softer texture in contrast to the metal.












Two more coming in October!

Redux V Posters!

August 24th, 2016

A six poster set of “Redux V” is now available in the shop!


Six 11×17 offset printed posters, including one full shot of the clock, and five different detail shots. The photography, and printing is high resolution, and allows you to see every grind mark and paper fiber on the surface of this clockwork sculpture.

Fall Commissions

August 16th, 2016





Following Labor Day (maybe a little sooner) you’ll start to see the following drawings get sculpted into finished clocks. These are five different quartz pieces that have been commissioned to be finished toward the end of this year. Construction will commence immediately following the completion of a mechanized door that I’ve been working on (post on that coming early next month).

If you’re interested in commissioning a piece for yourself, feel free to email me at:

…or, you can use the contact page on this site.

Thank you!

“Redux V”

June 16th, 2016





















Back in 2008, I completed my fifth mechanical clock simply titled “Mechanical No.5”. It used kitikata rice paper to set off the numbers on these sort of fanned-out panels, it used a reliable and accurate dead-beat-style escapement, and it featured magnifying lenses to accent the hands. That clock received a lot of attention when it was posted online, and was one of my favorites, so a revisitation of that style was in order. “Redux V” is titled as such not only because of the revival of “Mechanical No.5”, but also fits because the five is a dominant visual element on the clock.

Final measurements: 30” tall (without pendulum and weight) 14” wide, and 7” deep.

I’ll be shooting a short video of the piece soon.



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