Building An Orrery

This is completely drool worthy! Ken Zeamon details his plans and procedure for making an orrery. He even  has a downloadable file with the files for his CNC Sherline mill. Lots more detail and videos here: Via CNC Cookbook via make:blog My favourite part is the 7 months in 7 minutes video because it helps with […]

Analog Computer History: Vannevar Bush 1890-1974

UCLA’s 1948 Mechanical Computer from Gizmodo on Vimeo. via WIRED While this is a great piece of computational propaganda, it sadly doesn’t describe any of the processes  that it employs. (For that we’ll have to look at the video posted earlier.) And upon further exploration turns out that they are all designed by Vannevar Bush a pioneer of analog computing.  His engines […]

Robert Nightingale World Clock

  Time is constant and moves in the same direction, in constant relation to all time zones. Time is not separate and there’s no need for separate devices. This is the WRLDCLCK. Each hand shows a different place (time zone), allowing you to personalize your clock, depending on where and who is important to you. […]

Steampunk Watch Tears My Heart in Two

I’m not sure what to feel here. This is an incredible piece of work, no one can dispute that. But what about all those amazing watches that were destroyed to make this? The elegant functionality ripped from them and transformed into a beautiful, but none-the-less static, bastardization. Sadly most steampunk creations remind me of prefab elementary school […]

Simplistic Clock Face

OOOhhh… a beautifully minimalist carved (routered?) clock face. And while the dials do look like a regular popsicle stick it seems to fit the design. My only suggestion: make it a 24-hour clock. Okum Made via This is Colossal  

Eric Freitas – Clock maker

Buying an amazing watch is one thing but getting an original hand made sculpture that tells time is something not seen in decades. Most clocks are simply fancy faces and boxes. Not many actually get into building and crafting the gears themselves. Why should they as you can buy most of the motorization fairly cheaply […]

Even simpler Dividing Head

In my lead up to building a clock I need to start building the tools that I need. One of the most important ones is a dividing head for my Sherline Lathe/Mill. I’ve been looking at a variety of options each with it’s own degrees of complexity. Then this one came to my attention. Very […]

Gearing up for some projects

One of my goals is to build my own clock in the next few years. This is such a lofty goal as I have no practical experience in machining, clockmaking, gearing, metalwork, or woodwork. Ok I can nail a few 2x4s together and even saw them so they obtain a basic pleasing shape but fine […]