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!
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.