Monday 9 July 2018
I had been experimenting with off-centre lathe sculptures like the one illustrated here and decided to make a clock of a similar shape. This was all very well, but I couldn't decide on the shape of a stand that would provide stability without looking too heavy – so I opted for mobility instead, dispensing with a mounting and leaving the clock free to rock; thus doubling as a toy to aid executive thought!
I cut the blank for my first effort on the bandsaw and refined the shape with rasps and a carpenter's scraper which enabled me to produce a compound curve, but it took time to create a good, smooth, 'rocking' profile. Obviously the best way to make accurate curves was to turn them off-centre and to mount two blanks together on a jig to reduce vibration. If you only want to make a single clock, one blank could be a piece of scrap wood of a similar weight.