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2017 Spring Clock Contest Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our spring 2017 Create-a-Clock Contest. We received over 200 entries and were overjoyed with the many wonderful creations you, our customers, made!

So without further ado...please join us in congratulating the winners of our spring 2017 Create-a-Clock Contest: (1) Randy Walton, Master Clock Maker (2) Miriam Wilde, Rewind (3) Steve Jolly, Gift of Time, and (4) Claire Schaeffer, Most Creative Clock. Please see their clocks and read the stories below.

Master Clock Maker - Randy Walton

My name is Randy Walton and I recently retired from the U.S. Air Force on 31 January 2017 after 28 years of service. Retiring military usually craft a special "shadow box" to display their awards and personal items that "shadow" (reflect) the accomplishments of their military career. I was inspired from that concept to design and build a retirement "shadow clock" since I love both woodworking and clocks. At my military retirement ceremony I asked all the attendees sign the backside of the clock to remember them by.

My build included the use of your Klockit's KIENINGER Triple Chime Movement 06K/116CM, KLOCKIT No. 13049 purchase. The clock face is designed in the shape of my rank insignia of Chief Master Sergeant. The clock face is made of brass and blue plexi-glass that illuminates from the lighting within and can see the clock mechanism in work from the front. On display, in the lower box casing behind the custom made pendulum, are my military ribbons, medals, name tapes and rank insignias. The wood casing is solid red oak, stained with Early American color and cleared with a satin varnish."

Rewind - Miriam Wilde


"I love junk. Bits and pieces of anything old, wood, metal, plastic, working or non-working, catch my eye. Fortunately, Steampunk style fits right in with my collection of oddments. Starting out with simple props like ray guns & jet packs, I decided to brave the world of basic soldering and working items, such as clocks. This 20" x 21" bicycle clock includes parts of clock movements, bicycle pieces, a brass oil lamp, a barometer, a glass and silver candle holder, a vintage stove pump, and a genuine Queen Victoria penny, all mounted variously on a pre-made decorative bicycle frame. The stove pump makes a great faux-steam chimney, with puffs of cotton improvising for the steam.

The original clock stopped working shortly after I picked it up at a garage sale, so on the recommendation of a friend, I ordered a few Klockit movements and a variety of clock hands. After figuring out how to mount mismatched clock hands, I revved her up and she works great. Soon, I hope to add time pieces to other items, styles, and -punks. Thanks to Klockit, I have a source of reliable timepieces."

Gift of Time - Steve Jolly

"The project started with the idea of wanting to make a grandfather clock for my Dad and stepmom, I have always been fascinated by the beauty and mechanical workings of a grandfather clock, so the summer of 2016 I ordered some plans from Klockit. After looking over a couple different plans I decided on the Columbia style clock. Not knowing if it would fit in my Dads house I had to call him. I said “hey Dad I want to make something for you, but I need to make sure you are going to have room for it”. So I gave him the dimensions and he said, “so you’re making me a grandfather clock” and after a couple of laughs the project began.

Growing up my Dad was a weekend woodworker, building small projects for the house and various other projects.  Along the way he began showing me how to use some of the basic tools of the trade and starting my passion for working with wood. Being a weekend woodworker myself, I recently starting building bigger projects such as blanket chests, small entertainment centers, and various pieces of furniture for my home. So taking on a project of this magnitude was going to push my woodworking skills to its limits.

I choose to build the clock out of red oak; seeing how most of the furniture in Dad’s house was oak it would hopefully fit right in. I started in mid-July planning to have it finished by Christmas, knowing with my busy schedule I would only be able to work on the weekends and sometimes go weeks not working on it at all. As the project was progressing I would not give any detail of what was done just teasing my Dad and Stepmom that work had been done and it was coming along. I wanted keep it from them so that on the day of delivery I would get the true reaction to what I had accomplished. As it got closer to the Dec 17 delivery date, I was getting daily texts from my Stepmom counting down the days; I think she was a little excited.   

So the day had come to deliver the clock, when I got to Dads there was a sign in the hallway saying place clock here. I have waited a long time to tell my Dad and Stepmom to “go to their room and don’t come out until I tell you” ha-ha.   So with the help of my Stepdad and wife we brought the clock in, set it up in place of the sign and covered it up. The time had come to finally let them see the clock. I told them to come out of their room and as they walked down the hall all they could see the cover over the clock.  I had a speech planned but was overcome with too much emotion, all I could say was are you ready and of course they said yes. So I uncovered the clock and the response of joyful tears and praise from my stepmom led everyone in the room that day to tears. After what seemed like forever they finally came over to check out their new clock.  Dad was not one to show a lot of emotion but with a big hug and him telling me he was proud of me, I could see the tears in his eyes. 

The clock was a gift to them but to see their reaction was an even bigger gift to me. A clock is a gift of time.  The past, time spent with my dad learning the tools of the trade. The present, the gift that was wanted for so long but never purchased.  Made with love from the things I learned from my dad,  and the future, the passing of a treasure to future generations."

Most Creative Clock - Claire Schaeffer

"When I first started using a metal detector to explore the seven acre north Florida property my husband and I call home, I had no idea what I would do with the rusted relics I found. To be fair, for most of what I find, “relic” is actually a bit fancy: discarded jar lids, food tins, and many items rusted beyond recognition. But there are also a number of old machine parts -- like the one that forms the body of this clock. I'm not sure what its original purpose was (I suspect an air filter cover of some sort), but the instant I saw it, I knew it was destined to become a clock.

And most everything you see in this clock was found in my yard. There's an old Clorox bottle lid, bits of screen, links from a chainsaw chain, and more.  The pedestal is made from an old lawn mower blade adapter that could no longer perform its duties. The heavily rusted bits received several coats of sealant –  to both protect the surface texture and to increase stability. Of course, there are also a few parts thrown in from my art stash (such as the park bench in the upper right corner and the isinglass I stained to form the heart background). I did some intentional cosmetic damage to the 1 1/16" Mini Seiko clock insert, but it still keeps perfect time and is easily removable for battery changes. And for anyone who is concerned, I promise you – no lady bugs were harmed in the creation of this clock."

Honorable Mention Entries

Amber En
Lee Daunno
Gregory McKinney
Gene Cody
Ed Hahlbeck
David Genest
Suzanne Kaplan's ceramics students
Lesa Wilson-Webb
John Nelson
Karen Quinn
Dale Lowry
Nick DesRoches
Randall Cleaver
Robert Strong
Terry Hunt
Eugene Beniek
Charles Bailey
Gary Badger
Thomas Wassack
Andy Bajc
Brad Weyant
Dave Hardell
David Bluhm
Jacquelene Ambrose
James Kaelin
Trevor Leffingwell
Tom Barry
Mark Brouillard
Pam Farren
Rene Montague
Charles Maxwell
Chuck Mulcahy
David Held
Douglas Bertrand
Jim Morgan
Ann Mendenhall
Ed Wozniak
George Laurie
Glen Kimoto
Paul Crowell
Robert Berg
Roz Gordon
Tom Stout
Wayne Floczak
Wendy Kadleck
Peter Hartman
Randy Smith