Curvy clock

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Project by Jess Littlefield posted 01-24-2018 03:09 PM 1167 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This clock is maple. Hard to carve but I use a Dremel with a flexible shaft and no carving knives.. Too old for me
and my knuckles would not go for that punishment. I guess you could call me a lazy carver! The maple was 1 1/16” thick to start with then before I started carving I glued and extra pieces on top
in places to get more wild in the highs and lows of the wood. The dial was taken off the internet and I glued it in the store bought housing…The dial is different than a person can buy all in one piece so this way I can be somewhat different for most guys won’t go that far to change things … The color is white india ink then on the carving I added 6 or eight different stains which I use in the form of powder and apply it with my fingers…Sometimes I would spray another coat of clear , let dry, then do the finger thing again in a few different places…This is where a person can be original and different…No need to try and copy anyone or anything….. More fun to be yourself… This thing is about 32” tall so had to resort to the jig saw instead of the scroll saw…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#1 posted 01-24-2018 03:37 PM

I would say pretty ambitious and talented carver, Beautiful job.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-24-2018 04:42 PM

Very impressive piece! The detail is first class.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 01-24-2018 04:42 PM

Awesome carving skill and work!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 01-24-2018 04:48 PM

OOOOOH! I Like Your Clock!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 01-24-2018 05:49 PM

I have to agree with Bushmaster totally!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 01-24-2018 10:29 PM

wow—beautiful carving!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 01-25-2018 08:53 AM

That is an heirloom that will be cherished for future generations. Beautiful work!

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#9 posted 01-25-2018 11:31 AM

Wow! May I ask how long that took you to make?

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#10 posted 01-25-2018 02:05 PM

Excellent work HalfAcre! I’ve tried carving maple before, it’s hard stuff, the power tools sound like a good idea. Like CowBoyUp, I’m curious about how many hours the carving process required. Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 01-25-2018 03:29 PM

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#12 posted 01-25-2018 04:10 PM

From the time I printed out the picture, then enlarged it, and getting it to big where I could not use the scroll saw cutting the outside and having to use a jig saw, terrible thing, it took about a week to finish all the carving. But you got to go look through my other pictures to see the rest of he story…Then I spent a few days making samples of something I liked before settling for this… Before I start cutting I attach a piece of Baltic Birch plywood to the back. Then after the outside is cut way for the scrap, I take of the backer board then using the scroll saw I cut up the pieces to b

Not sure what I have here with the pictures so I’ll post what I have here and if any more questions arise, I hope I can help I don’t own any carving knives my hands are much older than my mind so the reason I started experminting using the Dremel.

I’ll take a picture and show how many pieces the carving was in this clock and return shortly.

I use a very small scroll saw blade so when the pieces are glued back together on the backer board there won’t be any cracks showing. Carving deeper along the edges and the crack will be deep enough so it won’t be seen… The picture with the clock dials, the darker one came from a clock supplier, I thought it was too dark for the finish so I used some photo paper we use when printing pictures off the computer. I took a picture off the internet of a whiter looking dial, printed it out and resized it to fit in the brass ring and glued it in over the other
dial…There are two different types of photo paper for sale, I use the satin instead of the glossy paper. Okay I got the pictures loaded, in the wrong place , anyway there are 12 pieces to this clock, 13 counting the backer board. I can hold them much better while grinding away the un wanted wood.. I only use about four bits and they were bought from Wood Carvers Supply, Inc. I will get the numbers of them if someone is interested. No need to buy the hole sets that these bits came from. I wasted money buy the first two sets before I realized some bits are never used. Most all Dremel bits are terrible and it would take a month of grinding if thats all the bits I had…

-- Jess Littlefield

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#13 posted 01-25-2018 04:39 PM

I probably have 3 to 4 days of actual carving time but lots of those times during the day the dremel was not running. Being retired and not trying to lease a customer I never go by time anymore…. On this clock I did glue on a total of eight I” tall pieces for more curvy effects giving a total of 2” high of maple wood to play with.. Something I’ just now trying. I have only been doing carving of any kind for less than two years and it got to be some much fun, now thats all I do… This all came about when I started doing my style of intarsia for I only use one species of wood for all the pieces and then stain or dye or color the wood to go with the pictures I use.. So both types of woodworking I do the same thing, contouring the wood to go with the subjects in the pictures…

Some of these things I do takes lots of time to put them back in their place , its like doing a jigsaw puzzle after I put the finish on.

-- Jess Littlefield

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#14 posted 01-29-2018 09:00 PM

Beautiful work. Can’t wait to start making clocks of my own.

-- Justin, Space Coast

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