CUSTOM WORK:


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The majority of the work I do is commission-based: custom-designed to suit a specific space. Here's how it works:

I. SKETCHING

Whether I'm designing a giant, free-standing pendulum timepiece, a small heirloom table clock, or something in between, all of my timepieces start in the exact same way: a simple pencil sketch. 

If you're interested in a custom piece for your home, office, or commercial space, start by emailing a photo of the space to me at rick@clockwright.com. I'll respond with a free sketch & quote. 

II. DESIGN

If we reach an agreement on design, wood species, & pricing, I'll then make a very detailed drawing, sign it, roll it up, seal it with wax, & send it to you with my heartiest thanks. 

Then I'll get to work.

III. CONSTRUCTION

Depending on the complexity of the piece, I'll spend at least three months building it, a few weeks tuning it, & a day packing it safely up. Then, depending on the circumstances, I'll have it shipped, or I'll deliver & install it myself. 


LIMITED-RUN HEIRLOOM TIMEPIECES:


L1 - A LUNAR PHASE TABLE CLOCK


I'm currently seeking one (1) more collector for a limited run of five (5) high-end, fully mechanical table clocks to be built in mid-2017.

Entitled L1, this glass-housed 36" x 20" timepiece will feature a gorgeous lunar phase complication as its centerpiece. A revolving indicator above the escapement will tell the phase of the moon throughout its cycle, & a brass mallet will gently chime the full & new moons each month, if desired.

These clocks will run for 15 days per winding. Their gear teeth, pinions, & bushings will be made from Lignum Vitae, in the tradition of the legendary John Harrison, & the revolving moon phase indicator will be made from Gabon Ebony & Holly. The rest of each clock can be made in the hardwoods of the client's choosing.


W1 - A SLOW-MOTION WALL CLOCK


Entitled W1, this piece is a large-scale, fully mechanical, weight-driven, 30-hour skeleton timepiece, handcrafted from Michigan hardwoods of the client’s choice, as well as silver steel, brass, invar, gold, & bronze.

Without the need for electricity or batteries, this clock will tell the current solar time (conventional time) the way it was told centuries ago: via a series of fully functional hardwood gears. Portions of the wooden gears & frame will be finished with a blended metal patina (copper, bronze, silver, or gold), giving the effect of wood flowing seamlessly into metal.

This design represents a large-scale study of the brilliant work done by John “Longitude” Harrison in the 18th century, incorporating his rolling chordal pitch gearing, his use of the rare, self-lubricating hardwood Lignum Vitae for all bearing surfaces, & a Brocot escapement for ease of adjustment (a grasshopper escapement is also available). The compound pendulum will swing in seemingly slow motion, once every 4 seconds, allowing the working of the clock’s escapement to be easily observed.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.


Whether you'd like to reserve a place on the waitlist for custom work, or you're curious about a limited-run heirloom piece, or you'd just like to talk, please don't hesitate to get in touch. 

-Rick Hale

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