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Project by VanDesignWoodworkin posted 01-16-2022 03:08 AM 569 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is traveling for work, so this weekend I find myself with more time than usual. I received some feedback regarding my previous fly fishing clocks, and I decided to try to incorporate it.

I started by making my traditional frame of 6.5” by 9.5”. I had some left over pieces of the ambrosia maple that I’d found at Lowes, so I used those pieces to make the outside frame.

I had a fairly good size piece of wild cherry gall among my gall and burl pieces and, after grinding and sanding it, I saw that it would be a good clock face for this particular clock. Following Dick’s advice, I tried to keep the frame plain, with only the fish and the fly rod as add-ons. Following fellow LJ Eric’s idea, I made my fish from a piece of basswood I’d found at Michael’s Craft Store.

I will admit it was difficult for me not to add more pieces of burl. I do think the wild cherry gall is handsome enough that it is all that the clock needs. Given the “less busy” style of this clock, I felt that it could handle more elaborate clock hands.

I’m pretty pleased with the fish. The fly rod is looking good to me too.

-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."





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pottz

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#1 posted 01-16-2022 03:58 AM

nice work my friend.i agree sometimes we tend to over do things.sometimes less is more.your learning quite well.the buyers will dictate what works.just remember to listen !

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#2 posted 01-16-2022 04:40 AM

Thanks, Pottz. I figure gives me another version of the fly fishing clock to make. There will be folks who like the busier version, and there will be folks who like this more minimalist version… so I’ll have both types of customer covered.


nice work my friend.i agree sometimes we tend to over do things.sometimes less is more.your learning quite well.the buyers will dictate what works.just remember to listen !

- pottz


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#3 posted 01-16-2022 04:46 AM



Thanks, Pottz. I figure gives me another version of the fly fishing clock to make. There will be folks who like the busier version, and there will be folks who like this more minimalist version… so I ll have both types of customer covered.

nice work my friend.i agree sometimes we tend to over do things.sometimes less is more.your learning quite well.the buyers will dictate what works.just remember to listen !

- pottz

- VanDesignWoodworkin


bingo, offer variations.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 01-16-2022 11:27 AM

Nicely done Van, that fish turned out great, I see the grain in it. That will make the sale. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#5 posted 01-16-2022 02:21 PM

Thanks, Eric… the wood fish was your idea and a good one! I have the template of the fish that I drew on a hard stock blank playing card, so now I use that to trace the fish onto the thin stock.


Nicely done Van, that fish turned out great, I see the grain in it. That will make the sale. Great job.

- Eric


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#6 posted 01-16-2022 02:53 PM

this is a lot better then the other one GREAT JOB :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#7 posted 01-16-2022 02:55 PM

Thank you! May I ask what draws you to this one more than the others?


this is a lot better then the other one GREAT JOB :<)))))

- GR8HUNTER


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#8 posted 01-16-2022 04:53 PM

Nice!

Like this one! Clean and to the point…Good looking details…Well done…Love the wood fish…The rod leaves no question…Excellent…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#9 posted 01-16-2022 05:22 PM

Van, Dynamite, just flat out dynamite

You asked Tony what draws him to this one – don’t know about Tony but the elegant simplicity is the cats meow for me !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#10 posted 01-16-2022 05:33 PM

Thanks, Jack… means a lot!

Nice! Like this one! Clean and to the point…Good looking details…Well done…Love the wood fish…The rod leaves no question…Excellent…

- mtnwild


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#11 posted 01-16-2022 05:37 PM

Thanks, Dick… wouldn’t have this design if it weren’t for you, Eric, and others encouraging me to try something simpler. I think early on I really doubted my woodworking skills, so I just kinda “burled” the projects to death, hoping my flaws would be less noticeable. Now, with less flaws, I can go a little more minimal.

Plus, again, it saves me some burl/gall slabs.

I have emails out to several fly fishing shops. I’m also waiting on an order of thin cut wood for more fish.

In the meantime, I started another clock this morning of the non-fly fishing variety.


Van, Dynamite, just flat out dynamite

You asked Tony what draws him to this one – don t know about Tony but the elegant simplicity is the cats meow for me !

- recycle1943


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#12 posted 01-16-2022 05:43 PM

i guess i would describe it as less is more just like if you would put all accessories onto your pickup truck would not look as good as just nice wheels :<)))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#13 posted 01-16-2022 05:49 PM

I appreciate you answering my question. More and more, I’m liking this more minimalist design. I think the fish and the fly rod “pop” more displayed like this.


i guess i would describe it as less is more just like if you would put all accessories onto your pickup truck would not look as good as just nice wheels :<)))))

- GR8HUNTER


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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#14 posted 01-17-2022 02:41 AM

Nice variation. There are so many parts to your “formula” its cool to see how they each resonate with different people.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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VanDesignWoodworkin

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#15 posted 01-17-2022 03:04 AM

Thanks, Swirt,

I reached out to some more fly shops with pics of the clocks. I’ll be curious to see if fly shop owners lean toward a certain style.


Nice variation. There are so many parts to your “formula” its cool to see how they each resonate with different people.

- swirt


-- "Wine gets better with age. Cheese gets better with age. It's not your fault that you're not wine or cheese."

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