Jennie’s clock

By now you all figured out that clocks are a hit among my young students and, from my experience, most clocks builders are girls. Perhaps the thing that makes a clock unique among the various objects that we woodworkers build is that a clock is a dynamic object, a being that has a life of its own. But even more than that: it is an object that influences and sets the pace for our lives. After all, it's the clock and not the chair or the jewelry box that tells us that it is time to go to school, or "it is it time Sarah (or Bill) to go to tennis class".
We might say that a clock is an essential functional/decorative object that bosses us around.
Jennie's clock had everything in it. From laminated veneer parts that she glued one by one, to numbers she created from aluminum wire and that she then glued with epoxy into holes she drilled, she excelled in craftsmanship. Look at the picture of how Jennie chamfered the clock's mahogany base. She used a small shoulder plane and worked from one edge towards the middle.  She then changed direction and worked from the other end till she created a uniform chamfer – all of this in order to prevent any tear-out.

 

 

 

 

 

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Yoav S. Liberman is a woodworker and a teacher. His pieces have been featured in several woodworking books, most recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled. Yoav teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan, and also frequently guest teaches in craft schools across the country.  Between 2003 and 2011 Yoav  headed the woodworking program at Harvard University's Eliot House. Yoav’s articles have appeared in American Woodworker and Woodwork Magazine. He frequently contributes woodworking web content to a number of digital publications   Yoav has a degree in architecture and later held two competitive residency programs: at The Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts, and the Windgate Foundation Fellowship at Purchase College, New York. He lives in Chestnut Ridge NY.