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    Default Wooden clock movement.

    This one gave both the Hegner scroll saw and myself a good workout.

    This clock has a verge and foliot movement as first made in 1350 and in current use up to 1650 when the pendulum was first applied to a clock mechanisim. They had only the hour hand and were not too accurate in their timekeping....around 20 minutes per day at best. The power from the weight is released through the oscillating movement of the small beam at the top (the foliot) and the movement created released the pins on the verge wheel through the small copper paddles soldered to the vertical brass rod which the foliot is mounted on.
    I am fascinated by the history of the clocks evolution over the last 650 years and the mechanical design aspects of this one and the previous woodem movement I built.

    Rhys

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    Rhys
    Your clock is beautiful. I like how you've used a contrasting colour for the face. What timber have you used (for the gear wheels especially)? I think it would be very soothing just to be in the same room as your clock.
    Yeebla

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    Hi Rhys,
    Do you have plans. I am itching to get into a clock like that. Excellent work BTW.

    cheers

    conwood

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    http://www.woodenclocks.co.uk/

    Conwood,
    The above link will take you to a site where you can get free plans, for a verge and foliot movement plus the more conventional style of pendulum clock.

    http://www.thescholarsgarret.com/clock/

    This link will take you to the site where I purchased my plan book from. It was written with the intent of making the clock builder actually figure out things rather than just make the parts off the plan and put them all together. I did have to do some "figuring" before it all came together and I am pleased that I went that way.

    Good luck with your building project.

    Rhys

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    Thank you Rhys.
    cheers

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    Yeebla,
    I used a New Zealand wood called Tawa for the gears and the chapter ring (the clock face) with Matai as the red divisions in the ring, and oak for the arbours. The bearings are brass on brass with the exception of the carrying end of the winding arbour which is brass on wood. The body is made from Kauri and the weights are of European Oak with the large one being hollow and the necessary weight being made up with shot gun pellets inside. I have lacquered the chapter ring with Wattyl Stylewood and the remainder was stained with Wattyl pigmented stain over which went a tung oil, followed by a coat of orange shellac and then dark wax.

    Thanks for you comments.

    Rhys

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    Several years ago I made one from a kit, it looked great, and kept
    terrible time and made a lot of noise!

    Yours is BEAUTIFUL!

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