Tall Case Clocks

Sapele Clock 2011
85 1/2"h x 21"w x 10 3/4"d
Sapele, Pine, Solid Brass Hardware, Leather, Steel
Tiger Maple Clocks 2007 & 2011
86 1/2"h x 20 3/4"w x 10 1/2"d
Tiger Maple, Pine, Solid Brass Hardware, Leather, Steel

I have made three tall case clocks. The first clock I made in 2007 for myself (the Maple clock on the right). The second clock I made was an exact replica of the first for a client who rebuffed the suggestion that I could make changes to order. The third iteration of my original clock is also a copy of the first with two changes – the wood used is Sapele and the center finial is made an inch shorter.

Using historic examples as inspiration, I create my own designs with period appropriate style and details to craft one-of-a-kind pieces. My clock design includes an intricate pediment moulding, a Newport style shell, and flame finials carved in realistic depictions. To finish the Tiger Maple clocks, I developed a layered stain and dye finish to impart an aged appearance.

The thing that makes these clocks so magnificent, is all the work that I do by hand -- the fretwork, the ogee bracket feet, the turned quarter columns, and especially the carving -- the Newport style shell, lamb’s tongue details on the top and bottom of the chamfers on the base, and the flame finials.

Windows on the sides of the hood highlight the allure of the clockworks, which were all made by David Lindow. The moon dial was painted by Kathi Seiwert, while the artwork on the dial face was painted by me. I learned hand lettering while earning my BFA in graphic design from Parsons School of Design in New York City.

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