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.
RESEARCH FOR INSPIRATION
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)
GLASS AND ACRYLIC CLOCKS
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.
By combining different kinds of timbers and/or other materials and different finishing techniques an elegant clock can be created.
3D PRINTED AND LASER CUT These technologies allow the student to experiment and innovate with colour, design and shape.
|Design and Style
|Tools and Equipment
The equipment to be used or is available may impact the design. Woodworking tools