The Ultimate Project - Making Time

Over 30 years have passed since Scorpio Technology (Advanced Clock Movements) was approached by a woodwork teacher to source clock movements and hands.

Clock making at that stage mainly used plans made by the teacher. Students had little opportunity for creativity, innovation, problem solving, communication or teamwork.

Modern clocks have changed. The trend is for a clocks to make a statement of style, flare and fashion. They have become a piece of art that suits the users personality or area where it will be displayed.

Clock making in the classroom and for a fun project at home really has stood the test of time.

The design process

As with any Design and Technology project a great design brief is important so that the student can focus on the needs of the end user. The exciting part of clock making is the planning stage. This is when the clock comes to life. This stage determines the outcome. We suggest that the student made rough sketches which then can be refined until the final design is ready.


There is a huge selection of clocks available on the market. This makes it easy to find examples of clock styles and material use. There is a huge selection of clocks available on the market. This makes it easy to find examples of clock styles and material use.


Art Deco inspired items has made a resurgence. This style can be achieved by using different wood types. Most Art Deco clocks use an insert clock rather than separate movement and hands. This Deco-Desktop clock is handmade with a trio of African woods by John and Mark Schlabaugh (Iowa, USA)


Clocks made glass and acrylic use different skills and manufacturing methods. They often allow different styles. This glass clock is made by Darryl's Glass - Studio & Gallery in Sandford, Victoria.


Glass and acrylic


By combining different kinds of timbers and/or other materials and different finishing techniques an elegant clock can be created.


Inlaid timber clock


3D PRINTED AND LASER CUT These technologies allow the student to experiment and innovate with colour, design and shape.

Design Considerations

  • Determine where the clock will be used e.g. bedroom, living room, office, kitchen
  • Choose an area where it will be seen from most places in the room.
  • Timber
  • Plastic
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Ceramics
  • Textiles
  • Reused, repurposed
  • Sustainable
  • Combination of materials
Design and Style
  • Period styles e.g. Art Deco, Memphis, Modern, Shaker, Pop-Art inspired, Industrial, Retro, Minimalistic
  • Style types e.g. elegant, rustic, freeform, geometric, sculptured, fun or whimsical.
  • Personalised - hobby or interest
  • Traditional e.g. Grandfather, Carriage, Mantel, Pendulum, Classic
  • Insert clock, pendulum style, individual movement and clock hands
Design Factors
  • Colour
  • Free standing or wall mounted
  • Safety
  • Shape
  • Size and dimensions
  • Surface finish e.g. distressed
  • Texture
  • Will it complement the surroundings?
  • With or without numerals
Tools and Equipment

The equipment to be used or is available may impact the design. Woodworking tools

  • 3D printers
  • Laser cutters
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) and or Manufacture
  • Blow moulders