Drawing and making
a movement

Making wheels & pinions

Join together

Going train:
verge escapement





Drawing and making a movement


Now that the clock case was finished I had to decide what to do next. The original plan was to use the movement of e.g. a birdcage clock for my new clock. But later I tended to think otherwise. In the end I abandoned the original plan and decided to try building a complete movement. This has the advantage that I can use the same materials (e.g. brass alloy) which assures uniformity in style. Originally I was not sure if this plan was too ambitious. I'm an engraver and metalworker, not a clockmaker. But the only other option was to buy a similar clock movement and fit it into the clock case. But it's extremely difficult to find such a suitable movement and making my own clock movement is much more satisfying.

Again I was very lucky to find out that in my own city a club of hobby clockmakers exists. This club has a fully equipped workshop with all the machines and tools that are necessary to build clocks. I applied for membership which was soon granted. The next step was to make a complete drawing of the movement of the clock. It took me about three months having the clock on paper, or rather in my computer. I used A Cad-programm to draw. That's why the last picture of the drawings looks very complicated. All the layers are projected on top of each other.

Having done the virtual work it was time to make the real plates, arbors, pinions and wheels. Most parts are made from the silver/brass alloy, the same alloy I used for the clock case. Other parts, e.g. the arbors are made of silver steel. I started with the three movement bars, which had to fit perfectly between the top and bottom plate.

I disconnected the two plates from its present finials, pillars and feet and exchanged them for simple steel pillars with nuts. This will help me connecting and disconnecting the parts of the movement without damaging the brass pillars. After the movement bars were made to the specifications of the drawing I started making the first wheel, which in this case was the warning wheel of the striking train.


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