Where It All Started

Posted: January 11, 2011 in Woodworking

So this is how it all started……Back in 1992 my father gave me a clock kit.  It consisted of a clock movement, a set of plans and 1 x 10 x 10′ prime walnut board.  My father wanted to do woodworking; however, he never seem to find the time to do it.  He offered the kit to me stating that he would never get around to building the clock.

I was intrigued at the thought of build the clock.  I had never worked with walnut and I believed I was capable of excellent work.  Unfortunately, right after I received the kit, I was transferred to Rochester, NY from Detroit Michigan.  It took several months to get established and finally I started working on the clock.  I had a small workshop in the basement of my new home.  In retrospect it was a terrible place to do woodworking.

My first attempts were an utter failure.  I ruined the entire walnut board trying to cut, router, and assemble.  I still have all of the pieces I tried to make.  I put the kit away for several more months and during this time I read many magazines that taught woodworking techniques

I bought another walnut board ($100).  My second attempt was better but still not acceptable.  I finally finished the clock in 1994 and judge for yourself but I think it turned out pretty good!

Walnut Clock

I presented this clock as a gift to my father in February 1994.  When I gave it to him, I asked to get it back when he passed away as part of his will.  In 2003 (the year I photographed the clock) my dad passed away and the clock was returned to me.

The clock sits proudly in my office.  I look at it every day.  It reminds me to think of my father and it was the beginning of a life long passion. 

I will publish a larger picture of the clock and follow-up with the next story later this week.

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