jake sutton

clockmaker

My clocks are made completely within my own workshop. No commercial processes or manufactured items are used, thereby  giving me complete control over quality. Every component from a simple screw to a finger is made in house.

 

My workshop is equipped extensively with Swiss and English machine tools alongside the many specialist tools required for gear cutting and manufacture of precision components. Many of the specialist tools I have made myself as they are not commercially available.

 

The processes involved in making a clock such as turning, milling, dividing and gear cutting, have changed little since the 18th century. All the hand processes of engraving filing and polishing are just as time consuming as they ever were.

The quality of steel and lubricant properties are more advanced but the challenge of reducing friction in the clock mechanism is the  same as experienced by the clockmakers of the 18th century.

 

With the aid of the computer and an electronic timing machine, I have the ability to measure the rate of a pendulum swing to one millionth of a second, alongside the measurement of barometric pressure, temperature and humidity - all in real time. This enables me to analyse the working of the clock and regulate with hitherto impossible accuracy.

 

When I look at the work of the early 18th century clockmakers, such as Thomas Tompion, John Harrison and George Graham, I recognise the care and pride they applied to their clocks. Their evident skill inspires me continually to improve the standard of the clocks I produce.