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The Keene Craftsman Clock

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$495

A lighter character with a touch of the forest is at the heart of The Keene. It’s towering presence is built with maple matched with Paduak. The resulting complimentary contrast is spectacular.

Inset is a locally hand-crafted ceramic tile with a reverse-embossed real leaf pattern (tile may vary slightly – ask for details).

Materials: Maple, with Paduak embellishment; 4”x4” tile.

Dimensions: Approximately 17“H x 9“W x 5“D

Finish: Clear shellac with three coats of Briwax.

“Mr. Ashley’s clocks are literal works of art! The materials are of the highest grade and the workmanship is outstanding. Not only are the products of top quality, but the service provided by Mr. Ashley is unmatched. He truly cares about quality; both in material and service.” – Charles, Minneapolis, MN.

“There are not enough superlatives to describe how beautiful and wonderfully made this clock is and what a delight the artist is. And Patrick made this just for me! Such care and craftsmanship – it is truly a work of art. All materials are exceptional and the whole is a treasure for generations. I adore it and will be a repeat customer. Enjoyed the whole process. Thanks, Patrick!” – Karen in Georgia

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Materials: Maple, with Paduak embellishment; 4”x4” tile.

Dimensions: Approximately 17“H x 9“W x 5“D

Finish: Clear shellac with three coats of Briwax.

Price: $495

Warranty: Movement is guaranteed for 3 years.

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2012 in Craftsman Clocks

 

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The Concord

Mission clock$495

Simple sophistication with comforting tones is The Concord. A mighty presence, The Concord is not just about height, but a more evolved mission style. Embracing the traditional and dramatic quarter-sawn white oak, with it’s sparkling ray fleck, The Concord is perfectly matched with Paduak (“pa-dook”), an African hardwood, deep red in color.

The quarter-sawn white oak is fumed; this is the traditional method often used by Stickley and others early in the Arts and Crafts (or “Mission”) style. Fuming is the process of placing the piece in a confined space with industrial strength ammonia for about 2 hours, which causes a chemical reaction with the tannin in the wood, changing it’s color to an ashen gray. Once a top coat (shellac, in this case) is applied, that beautiful, rich mission-brown color comes through. The color won’t fade or change at all, because it is a chemical reaction, and not a dye or stain. Even if it is sanded, the color is still there – up to 1/16th of an inch deep. Fuming also allows for a consistent color all over the piece – if all the pieces came from the same board(s). It can be a technically tricky finish to use, but the results are outstanding. Top coat is shellac and wax.

Inset is a complementary 4”x4” leaf ceramic tile, made by a local artist (style subject to availability; contact New Mission Workshop for more info).

“Mr. Ashley’s clocks are literal works of art! The materials are of the highest grade and the workmanship is outstanding. Not only are the products of top quality, but the service provided by Mr. Ashley is unmatched. He truly cares about quality; both in material and service.” – Charles, Minneapolis, MN.

“There are not enough superlatives to describe how beautiful and wonderfully made this clock is and what a delight the artist is. And Patrick made this just for me! Such care and craftsmanship – it is truly a work of art. All materials are exceptional and the whole is a treasure for generations. I adore it and will be a repeat customer. Enjoyed the whole process. Thanks, Patrick!” – Karen in Georgia

Materials: Quarter-sawn white oak, with Paduak embellishment; 4”x4” tile (varies)

Dimensions: Approximately 17“H x 9“W x 5“D

Finish: Amonnia fumed oak; Shellac and wax top coat.

Price: $495

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Posted by on January 22, 2012 in Craftsman Clocks

 

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Childwold Craftsman Clock

craftsman clock$275

 

 

 

A recent addition to the New Mission Workshop is “Childwold”, a small mantle clock.

Childwold is a very small Adirondack town, that is accessed by some curvy roads, hence the name of this piece.

Featuring curved sides with recessed “panels”, this piece catches the eye right away. A gentle front arch, and a mission clock face harkens back to Mission or Craftsman styles, with a lighter flare. This would be a fine choice as a desk or shelf clock for the occasion of a retirement or anniversary.

There will be more pieces in different woods and clock faces forthcoming soon; if you have a particular wood you’d like to see this piece in, by all means, advise me of your idea!

Made of solid Maple, Cherry and Birdseye maple.

Dimensions: 7″ tall, by 8″ wide by 5″ deep. Movement powered by one AA battery.

No shipping charge!

“Mr. Ashley’s clocks are literal works of art! The materials are of the highest grade and the workmanship is outstanding. Not only are the products of top quality, but the service provided by Mr. Ashley is unmatched. He truly cares about quality; both in material and service.” – Charles, Minneapolis, MN.

“There are not enough superlatives to describe how beautiful and wonderfully made this clock is and what a delight the artist is. And Patrick made this just for me! Such care and craftsmanship – it is truly a work of art. All materials are exceptional and the whole is a treasure for generations. I adore it and will be a repeat customer. Enjoyed the whole process. Thanks, Patrick!” – Karen in Georgia

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mission clock

Dimensions: 7″ tall, by 8″ wide by 5″ deep. Movement powered by one AA battery.

Finish: Clear shellac with three coats of Briwax.

Price: $175

Warranty: Movement is guaranteed for 2 years.

 
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Posted by on January 14, 2012 in Craftsman Clocks

 

Movements: Quartz or Mechanical?

The movement is the actual time keeping mechanism in all clocks; it also moves the hands and pendulum, sounds the chimes.

Movements fall into two basic categories – mechanical (seen left) and quartz (electronic). There are positives and negatives to each.

By default, I install a quartz movement. I do this because the quartz movement is more accurate then a mechanical movement; it costs only a fraction of what a quality mechanical movement costs; installation is easier, and the only maintenance is a new battery (typically AA) every year or so. The downside is that there is usually no chiming, or if there is, it is simply electronic, and depending on the quartz movement, it can sound really cheap, or pretty decent, in the more expensive models. Both have a small speaker that must be mounted inside the case.

The mechanical movements typically add at least $300 to the price of the clock. These are quality German movements, such as Hermle or Kieninger; they are really little marvels, and quite beautiful, in their own way. With a mechanical movement, you’ll get that faint ticking and clicking of the movement, and natural sounding chimes, on small bells or rods. The sound is really very wonderful, and for the purist, that really wants the top product, mechanical is the only way to go. The down side is that they are not as accurate as quartz (losing a few seconds a day, typically), they need maintenance – oiling every 3 years or so – by a “clock doc” – a horologist. They need to be wound with a key every week (typically). But again, for the person that wants the total experience, the real deal, mechanical is the way to go. You can learn more about mechanical movements at American Clockmakers – Watchmakers Institute.

There is no charge for the standard, no chime quartz movement; it’s included in the clock price. Prices vary on the three upgraded movements, and some clocks can’t accept some movements; please ask for details.

Here’s a sample sound file of each movement:

$ Quartz Chime:  
$$ Premium Quartz Chime:
$$$ Mechanical Chime:
 
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Posted by on January 13, 2012 in Movements

 

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Copper Face Mission Style Clock

 Mission clock$495

I have named this clock model “Thendara”, named after a small hamlet in the nearby Adirondack mountains, where I love to vacation.

This piece has two distinctive features: the copper face is hand-tooled, with raised numbers and embellishments, hand-painted black. The other feature is the bisque-like custom tile with leaves and acorn, reflecting the Adirondack theme; it is painted copper and chemically aged to give it that wonderful green patina.

The carcass is made of the traditional quarter-sawn white oak, and the top, tile surrounds and corbels are made of the warm red African hardwood, Paduak (“pa-dook”)

About 10 inches high, by 8 wide, by 4 deep.

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Posted by on June 7, 2010 in Craftsman Clocks

 

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