Craftsman Bracket Clocks with Etched Sailboat Dials

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Project by rodneyh posted 01-28-2014 06:58 AM 2471 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made my 1st of this style clock about 2 years ago and posted it then. These came out really cool, so I thought I post them.

I’ve sailed for a long time, and we have a boat, Terrapin, that was actually built by a fellow LJ’er (shipwright) back in 1985. I actually found him via his LJ blog where he was discussing in detail the construction of our boat for her original owner.

I’ve been doing a lot of metal etch work over the last couple years (I’ve started that as a business venture), so I decided to try a handful of etched clock dials with sailboats on them and here they are:

1st pic – Isometric view of our boat on an etched copper dial in a maple bracket clock. I messed around with a background pattern on this one, and I really like how it came out.

2nd pic – Sail plan of our boat on an etched nickel silver dial in an oak mantle bracket clock (that the clock body really came out bad and will be my shop clock).

3rd pic – Sail plan of a Valiant 40 (a classic cruising sailboat) on an etched nickel silver dial in a cherry bracket clock.

4th pic – Sail plan of a J-105 (a great racing sailboat) on an etched nickel silver dial in a cherry bracket clock.

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 11:38 AM

Nice clocks Rodney and yes, I particularly like the etching on the first two.
The isometric is I believe the one that I commissioned the late marine illustrator Steve Davis to do for me when I was building your boat. He did amazing yacht illustrations including some very interesting 3Ds with cut-always revealing the interiors. I had one of those too as I remember. Long gone now of course. I believe I gave them to Jay to use.
Again, nice work on the clocks.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 01:57 PM

Nice. How very personalized each clock is! This has got to be very satisfying to you. Really good work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 02:15 PM

This is also very nice, Rodney. I like the design very much.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 01-29-2014 01:16 AM

Very nice looking clocks! I really like the etched clock faces!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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