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Ashley Craftsman Clock, #2

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il_fullxfull-1079378373_qml9This new craftsman style mantle clock is almost 18″ high, and features a solid copper etched clock face. This piece also features a large selection of fine woods, including cherry, walnut, walnut burl, ebony and paduak. I designed this piece.

The tile inset is by the world famous Motawi tile works.

The clock movement is a standard battery operated quartz mechanism – but can be upgraded. Comes with brass pendulum.

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Posted by on November 12, 2016 in Craftsman Clocks

 

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Concord Mission Clock – Oak and Walnut version

Oak and Walnut 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 walnut.

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 (a satin polyurethane, 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 polyurethane, either satin or semi-gloss.

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). In the photo shown here, this is a copper clad ceramic tile the customer ordered from another vendor; it is still available from that vendor at this time of writing.

“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 walnut embellishment; 4”x4” tile (varies)

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

Finish: Amonnia fumed oak; Paduak; polyurethane, either satin or semi-gloss

 
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Posted by on August 1, 2014 in Craftsman Clocks

 

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Sketchup & MockUp: Powerful Tools

I’m developing a small mantle clock with a low price point for the Christmas season; I’ve been made aware that could be what people are looking for. Low price point, handmade, good styling – should translate to sales.

One tool of the trade I use often is Google’s Sketchup program. Usually, I’ll just work up the piece in that, and go right to building the piece. However, sometimes things don’t translate right, or I don’t see things in Sketchup that I see in a real piece; this is speaking from the experience of past projects.

SO, this time, I made the Sketchup drawing, produced a rough prototype, and lo and behold, found some things that needed to be changed, both technically and aesthetically. So, made the changes in SU (Sketchup) and will now go right to a finished piece.

Between those steps, however, is yet another. Since this mantle clock will be a small run production piece, efficiency is important; I don’t want to have to mill 8 different kinds of thicknesses, for instance. So I have to make sure the parts in the SU drawing have a minimal amount of different thicknesses, and will also make a cutting diagram to minimize waste and time. Like the saying goes, time is money, and the more quickly I can make these mantel clocks, the more money I make per piece. I actually need a play book – what I’m going to cut, how to buy the lumber (milled or rough), and so on.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in BlogNotes

 

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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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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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