CHERRY WEDDING CLOCK
A bell movement that can be silenced keeps the peace!
SHOP OWNER: Mark Beckert
LOCATION: Hopatcong, NJ
My latest project is this Wedding Clock. I got the idea from a square-dialed Tall Case Clock in an edition of "Miller's Antiques." Originally, I was going to use the full arch dial but found it too sizable for my mantel. The design is my own and made from figured cherry. It features a hand-painted dial (only the time ring is screened on) and an 8-day keywound Hermle bell movement, and it stands 23-1/2" tall.
Construction time was about 40 hours and the cabinet features a beveled dial door, a heavily figured cherry dial mat, and an 8x8 window in back to view the works. It's finished with a coat of linseed oil, two coats of shellac, and rubbed out with several coats of wax. The best thing about using this particular bell movement is that you are able to lift the hammer off the bell to silence the chime. This enables my wife to sleep through the night and I avoid being "hammered" by her the following day!. . . Mark Beckert
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