W1 - A LARGE-SCALE MECHANICAL WALL CLOCK
W1 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 tells 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 grasshopper escapement.