A few people are getting together to individually build some of the designs of Clayton Boyer, see http://lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/Claytonsite1.htm. These are scroll saw-intensive projects that create beaufiful pieces that move. One piece is called Space Time Continuum and is characterized as kinetic art (moving art).
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Eight of us are planning to start working on our own Clayton Boyer project. Some will be kinetic art, some wooden clocks. The techniques are similar and we hope to learn from each other. In order to document and pass on some of the things we're learning, we will (try to) use this forum topic as an archive. Here are some useful points.
I am building the kinetic art piece called Space Time Continuum. Bob Oswald is building the Nautilus Clock, and Brian Biehl is building the Wee Willie clock. In Clayton Boyer’s FAQ he has some advice about which clocks to start with.
I spent a little time this morning looking at what help we could get from Clayton Boyer’s site (http://www.lisaboyer.com/Claytonsite/Claytonsite1.htm) and he has a LOT (see the first link below). That led to all the other links. There is a lot to read, but I am sure we will get a lot of guidance from these resources.
From Clayton Boyer’s FAQ: Almost everyone that sees my clocks asks about how long it takes to cut out all those teeth (as in, "Don't you have a life?"). In reality, I spend far more time on the rest of the clock than I do cutting out the wheels and pinions. To me they seem the easiest part. By far, the hardest, most excruciating part for me is designing the frame to put the wheels into.
http://www.woodenclocks.co.uk/ (seems to be a resourc- rich site that I haven’t explored. Does anyone one to search through this site and report back?)
Fine Woodworking January and March 1986 for Wayne Westphale's article on wooden clock making. They show two methods of using a router to cut teeth on wheels.
The following five YouTube videos are good training for making a wooden gear clock. Brian discovered them, and while the illustrations are all for one particular clock the techniques are useful to many projects.
Making The #6 Part 1. A Wooden Gear Clock
Making The #6 Part 2. A Wooden Gear Clock
Making The #6 Part 3. A Wooden Gear Clock
Making The #6 Part 4. A Wooden Gear Clock
Tips on making your wooden gear clock keep ticking
I just noticed this on your blog?/Forum.
I have one of these clocks, buried in my "to be" shop. Have you guys started on all of the projects of these yet? I would LOVE to try and be a part of it with mine. I would never be able to build it on my own at this stage.
Let me know. SO excited.
Jenny Jecmen email@example.com
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