Northern Lights Clock

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Project by Doe posted 03-24-2012 07:00 PM 3587 views 14 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All I did for this was sand and finish with tung oil (with a lot of elbow grease). It really reminds me of northern lights especially with a bright light.

I often go to Artistic Wood and Tool Supply to look for unusual bits of wood, and this was one of them. I didn’t need to cut it (other than for the clock)—it looked like perfect proportions to me.

I feel guilty about the lack of woodworking that went in to this, but I love it. Most things I make I`m happy if I learned something or just practiced something, and if I can give it away or sell it, life is good. I nearly sold the clock twice before Christmas, but each time I felt so panicky about it leaving me, so I thought it should just come home. It sits in my kitchen and ticks cheerfully at me whenever I go by.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#1 posted 03-24-2012 07:04 PM

I understand how you feel.
I had a piece of fiddleback maple once and I was tempted to give it an oil finish and put a frame around it.
Sometimes the wood is that beautiful, you shouldn’t screw with it.


-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#2 posted 03-24-2012 07:21 PM

Very nice sometimes the wood can speek louder than a designed piece

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 03-24-2012 08:01 PM

That is a nice clock, but it would have made a beautiful box top!! Sometimes simple is best. Nice ‘work’.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 03-24-2012 08:43 PM

Love the design or lack there of. A good example of “less is more”. Glad you didn’t put numbers on it as that would have detracted. It’s auroran good project. :-)

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#5 posted 03-24-2012 09:39 PM

So simple, I like that idea

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 03-24-2012 09:39 PM

The wood can always speak for itself. Our job as woodworkers is to help it do so. Nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-24-2012 09:44 PM

I like it. Did you set the hands of the clock like that or did you wait until they got there before you took the picture? Either way – good show.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 03-25-2012 12:31 AM

Good work, I like it. I did clock allmost like yours (here on LJ) and I’ve prevented one problem. this is it: some times ago I had watches with wonderful background, with good pointers, but without any scale. It was challendge to read the time. Your clock also puzzle me: What time is it now?

-- почти столяр

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#9 posted 03-25-2012 03:45 AM

Great job on a fantastic piece of Ash : ) I have some just waiting for the right timepiece to mate with.
I almost went with just “hands” on this project of mine , but changed my mind last minute.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 03-25-2012 05:33 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 03-25-2012 02:21 PM

This is a testament to the beauty of God’s creation; all you had to do was sand it. Beautiful piece of awesomeness right there, Doe.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#12 posted 03-25-2012 03:20 PM

Goriak: it’s about 1:38, give or take a few minutes. ;)

I like this a lot. The lack of a dial is a plus. It’s easy enough to read to within a few minutes as is, and the design looks much cleaner. I’ve been scratching my head for ideas on a modern desk clock for my fiancée and your minimalist design just changed my plans.

-- Rory // Milwaukee, WI

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#13 posted 03-25-2012 05:38 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words!

goriak, I love your bark clock – that was brilliantly done! I’d like to try something like that. As WinterSun mentioned later, the time was 1:38 when I took the picture. I did a fine adjustment at noon one day to make sure it lined up better.

Dusty56, thanks for mentioning that it is Ash. Another thing I really like about Artistic Wood and Tool Supply is that Peter often labels the wood, which is great because there are so many types I don’t recognize – yet.

thejosh, amen to that and thank you!

WinterSun, I’d love to see what you come up with, and best wishes to you and your fiancée.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#14 posted 03-25-2012 05:55 PM

Well, no question, it is a beautiful piece of wood. I think I would have put some numbers on the clock though.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#15 posted 03-25-2012 06:57 PM

You’re welcome,Doe : )

No numbers , no dots , just the beauty of the wood and the function of the hands is all that is needed. You could also look at this with the wood in different orientation if you choose and it would still be just as accurate.
I think if you had to have numbers on the clock to tell what time it was , you would be missing the whole point of this project. It’s all about the wood , Bondo : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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