Authentic Shaker Clock

Erastus Rude was the craftsman of this clock in 1811. It still strikes a bell with us today.
By Robert Casey & Glen D. Huey
Pages: 32-40

From the August 2007 issue #163
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The Online Extras that went with this article are in this story on our website, click here.

While attending an East Coast tool show, Editor Christopher Schwarz was handed a photograph of this clock. Recognizing the Shaker clock, Chris decided to talk with the builder, Bob Casey. Chris heard his tale and knew we had a story at hand.

Rather than have Casey come to our shop to work, or us travel to his home in Mattydale, N.Y., we decided to relate his story and build the clock from his drawings and instructions.

A Shaker tall clock was dominating Casey’s mind one cold winter’s day. He’d seen a clock that was exactly what he was looking to  build. It was an 1811 clock built by Erastus Rude and was part of the collection at the Shaker Museum and Library in Old Chatham,  N.Y.

With a phone call to Sharon Koomler, the museum’s director, Casey was granted access to the clock for measurements. There’s nothing like going straight to the original for sizes.

Casey was in the midst of assembling a cut list when he discovered that there were a few measurements he still needed. I would’ve missed a few measurements too if I’d been surrounded by fine Shaker craftsmanship and standing at the foot of the original tall clock.

Back to the museum to gather the missing figures, another lunch with friends, then on to the shop to build a clock.

Online Extras

For details on the Clock Movement, click here for a PDF.

For details on the Clock seatboard, click here for a PDF.

To visit Clock Prints website, click here.

For details on the Column turning, click here.

Click here to watch a video about the clock’s split turnings.

From the August 2007 issue #163
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