Clocks - Series 10

Clock Clock Clock Hour Hand Minute Hand

My intention is to make clocks with a coherent overall design in which every aspect of the workings is visible and pleasing to the eye. Series 10 was my first batch of these clocks intended for sale.

The Movement

To maximise strength the wheels are built from segments of hardwood, generally twelve per wheel. The teeth are precisely cut and finished, and large sculpted areas are removed. These shapes are intended to interact as the wheels rotate, presenting a shifting interplay. The three wheels to the rear of the movement are called the Going Train, they are crowned by the Anchor which rocks to and fro as it transfers power to the Pendulum. To the front are the three wheels of the Motion Work; the gearing which ensures the hour hand moves at the correct speed.

The Weights

Weight driven clocks require two weights - a main driving weight that does the work and a smaller, lighter counterweight that rides up as the main weight descends. The counterweight keeps the cord hanging neatly and is needed to wind the clock. These weights usually hang on either side of the clock, resulting in an unbalanced appearance. Traditionally, a long case hides the movement and weights from view.

In my clocks the weights are visible. In order to maintain an agreeable symmetry the weights are arranged so that one weight runs in front of the other. Both weights are discs; the counterweight passes in front of the driving weight some fifteen hours after winding. These clocks keep a balanced appearance throughout their running time as the relationship between weights and pendulum unfolds. This arrangement of weights requires a set of three pulleys which align the weight cord correctly.


The task of installing clocks of this sort is usually requires specialist knowledge and skill. I have felt from the outset that my clocks should be simple to install and align, enabling you to install yours unaided and move it to a new location at your leisure.

These clocks are held on a wall by two screws. It can be tricky to drill holes in walls precisely so I designed an adjustable bracket that allows the movement to hang in the right position even if the holes are a bit wonky. Once in place Series 10 clocks are attractive and work well, though they are by no means as easy to install as I'd planned. A glance at the instructions will help you decide if you really want to own the remaining one of these: subsequent clocks are much easier all round.

Two of these clocks are now out in the world living independent lives; one is reserved and the other is in my living room (though still available to view and purchase).

Series 10 Instruction Manual (pdf)