Hiroshima clock

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Project by Daiku posted 12-06-2012 03:00 PM 2596 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My visit to Hiroshima’s “Peace Park” inspired this clock. This clock can be placed in the middle of a room or on a sofa table, since it has a clock on both sides.
Materials: Arch – Mahogany Base – Walnut Clock Face – Southern Yellow Pine Cranes – Basswood Perch – Rock

Dimensions: 19”H x 18” W x 6” D

Thanks for looking,

-- Cal Noguchi

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#1 posted 12-06-2012 03:12 PM


You really have a graceful and artistic eye, which you’ve shown yet again with this piece. Clean and graceful lines, with a delicate balance between the materials and concept is a hallmark I’d be happy to have.

Just beautiful.

(I do have one question: Where are the rocks from? Here in Colorado, Japan, or elsewhere? I can’t help but to wonder if they have an underlying significance, as the level of detail you put into your creations would suggest that everything has significance in some way.)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 12-06-2012 04:00 PM

Tiehen Steki desu! ( meaning “very splendid”)
I lived in Japan for two yearsin late 60’s while a member of the military in late 60’s. I went to Nagasaki to visit a friend who lived there. Went to the memorial for peace while there. I sat down in the epicenter. I feel I understand what went into your work here. Or maybe it just triggers my own?

Thanks for sharing your work.


-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 12-06-2012 04:23 PM

Beautiful Design Cal and well done.


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#4 posted 12-06-2012 04:57 PM

Unimaginable horror happened there. It’s great that you can reflect with grace and beauty.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-06-2012 07:45 PM

Are those Japanese characters? Very impressive craftsmanship!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 12-06-2012 08:02 PM

very nicely done Cal, this is no small piece @ 19”, it has a sot of calmness about it, very very nice indeed :)

(hope both sides are the same time :: ))))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 12-06-2012 09:23 PM

Very nice proportions and the style is great as well : )

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

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#8 posted 12-06-2012 09:51 PM

I love the adaptation! Well done.

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#9 posted 12-06-2012 11:27 PM

Absolutely beautiful ! Your artists eye for beauty is remarkable and it shows in all the wonderful projects you have shared with us on LJ’s.

Bill in MI

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#10 posted 12-07-2012 12:40 AM

Very beautiful.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 12-07-2012 01:33 AM

Beautiful; I agree that it’s very splendid. I appreciate the cranes for Sadako Sasaki; I’m also curious about the rocks.

Arigato gozaimashita

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#12 posted 12-07-2012 04:47 AM

I want to thank you all for the positive comments. Jonathan and Doe – there’s nothing special about the rocks, they’re not from Japan. I just wanted a natural perch for the cranes. Surfside – Yes, the characters are Chinese/Japanese numbers

-- Cal Noguchi

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#13 posted 12-08-2012 05:37 AM

Cal, as always it is spare and graceful..your work always is. I like the fact that it is representational, not a copy, with your own touch of cranes. It seems to be a comment on the original design perhaps an interpretation seen through your eyes. I was a little surprised you used rocks instead of wood. Is there some symbolic meaning in that? Having the cranes face toward each other is a nice touch. They don’t connect and there is that groove between their separate rocks, but it adds an element of living and caring and love that the original stone piece lacks in its starkness and stress on death. I also like it that your piece thins at the top of the arch instead of the foreboding heaviness of the original. Introducing the element of time and Japanese symbols brings another consideration, however. Is time running out or moving on? It may be just a clock…but I’d like to think you had more in mind. If you’d like to share it, I’d like to know it. I think of this piece as a haiku in wood.

-- Big Al in IN

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#14 posted 12-11-2012 02:17 AM

Hi Cal
This is a very beautiful monument/clock and interpretation of the original monument.
Your personal touch added much in warmth and feeling .
The craftsmanship you put into this is exceptional and I find this clock very emotional because of what it represents .

-- Kiefer

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#15 posted 12-13-2012 01:56 PM

Cal, your work is always so significant, yet the basics always appear so simple… absolutely beautiful to meditate upon. The grace, the flow and the inclusion of nature seems to say it all.


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