Report on our meeting 05-01-2023, Demonstration by John Ruickbie.
Our meeting on Thursday 5th January 2023 was a demonstration by John Ruickbie, John was to demonstrate the making of a Natural Edged Clock, he would use 3 separate pieces of wood to make his clock, a main piece that held all the clock parts, a smaller base piece and a cover piece to hide the clock movement.
The main piece was cut from a log leaving the bark on the front, as was the base piece, the back piece was machined to fit the recess for the clock movement, but it could also have been made as simply a cover plate held with a couple of screws, John did have another clock with him that had that feature, John said he preferred the back piece to be made to fit the recess.
John started his presentation by talking about the pieces of wood he was to use, also the clock components and how they were to be used, he emphasized the importance of getting the clock movements and the hands from the same source so that all the components would be compatible, the length of the shaft on the movements was important, John used movements with a shaft length of about 15mm.
I got quite a few pictures during John’s presentation they can be viewed as a timeline in the making of the clock, if you follow Johns procedure you should end up with a very presentable clock. Here are the pictures along with some text.
That completed John’s presentation, it was well received by all those watching and a show of appreciation was afforded to John.
The turnout for our first meeting of the new year was a little subdued, we will be hoping for a better turnout at our next meeting on the 19th February 2023, that meeting is going to be more of a social event with a quiz being the main part of it.
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