the clock case

Simply put, the cabinet maker's dilemma is that wood falls into two categories: one structural, the other decorative. A strong wood tends to be uninteresting whereas a decorative wood tends to lack strength.

For this reason, I use a structural wood such as seasoned oak or mahogany for building the case and a decorative veneer such as rosewood, ebony or walnut burr to clad the case.

Aware that a clock has a potential life of centuries, I use strictly traditional and conservation friendly materials. Modern varnishes and adhesives are avoided as their ageing properties are not fully understood. Definitely, they make repair work impossible. I use tried and tested adhesives and shellac polish to insure that the repair and conservation of the case is possible in the future. Veneer is applied with animal glue and cases are either French polished or oiled.


In tune with the symmetry precision of a regulator, I veneer my case in a book-page pattern which affords a mirror image of veneer each side of the pendulum centre line.

Cases are made in traditional styles or in my own all-glass front and side design, which has the potential to show the clock mechanism to full advantage.