Clickspring has a series of beautifully done videos on making clocks over on YouTube.  Here are a few:

This one cries out for some CNC…

The work is gorgeous, but this first video made me wish so much for CNC.  A tremendous amount of work could be saved, and the hand finishing could still be done to give it the hand crafted touch.  The merits of CNC on art-quality work like this is one of the things Chris, the site owner, discusses on his blog.  I’ve been back and forth over this question many times with folks making “art-quality” things like knives.  Many of them are horrified at the thought of using CNC on their work.  Some argue they can’t charge as much for something that’s been CNC’d. Then I look at the gorgeous Norseman knife I got from John Grimsmo and I know this anti-CNC hangup is not something I can ever justify to myself.

I have been tempted many times to build a die filer like the one shown in the video.  Nice to see some good shots of one in use.  Even for CNC’ers there would be times where one would be handy.  Making corners more square in really deep pockets would be one such.

Nicely heat blued custom fasteners…

Nicely made custom fasteners can really set a project like a knife apart.  I also love the heat bluing treatment, which I’ve done on a couple of occasions for special needs.  Mine haven’t come out this nicely so far.

Great shots of traditional gear making…

Some great shots of traditional gear making here and a bit of relief from CNC longing as our intrepid Horologist uses a computerized indexing table to make the gears.

There are more great videos on the Clickspring YouTube channel.


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