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Mr. Baroque’s Crooked Clock

I joined a clock collecter group a couple months ago, and last week one of the locals, knowing i was mechanically minded, called me up and filled up the back of my car with broken cuckoo clocks. Cuckoos are a good place to start, since they don’t require a lot of precision to go (they are designed to get bogged up with dust),  and you are not destroying anything valuable.

I might be doing the world a favor by destroying this one:

Mr. Baroque's Crooked Clock - before

There was a solid oak case that might have belonged to a desk clock in the box too. The movement is a lot newer than that last one, same design, but thin metals that gets damaged if you handle it roughly and use of cheap steels in the gears. I cut some brackets and got some old doorplates from the Stanford-and-Son antique shop down the street and got this:

Mr. Baroque's Crooked Clock - after

Whoops, it is seriously out of beat. I have to turn it crooked to make it go. Next time think harder about the brackets. Make them adjustable, or take better measurements.

Mr. Baroque's Crooked Clock - working

Does it work? Of course it does!


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  1. Ceejay Writer Ceejay Writer January 18, 2012

    It’s charming. The fact that it was a ‘rescue’, and refurbished with care is wonderful. The bonus of only being happy when it’s crooked makes it a true treasure.  Good work! 

  2. ElvisOmar Oyen ElvisOmar Oyen January 19, 2012

    I had no idea you were a maker at heart, Mr. Tenk. We should talk, I’ve never tinkered with clocks, but I (the typist) am involved with a local maker space where I live. Looks wonderful, by the way.

  3. Sheryl Skytower Sheryl Skytower January 19, 2012

    ooh… so pretty….

    *stares in awe*


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