For the last few years I have been building skeleton clocks - clocks with their movements exposed. I have been using Brian Law's designs which can be downloaded from his website.

I started with a wooden clock - clock 1 - using my CNC to cut out the gears and frame. I ran into trouble with friction and the clock would not operate for more than 30 minutes.

I then tried a variation on this clock design - clock 5 - but this time I started to use bearings to minimise the friction. After several iterations I finished making it in clear acrylic. It now runs without stopping and I have even been able to reduce the loud click of the escapement. I can see why early clock makers built their clocks in sound-proof cabinets.

I borrowed a miniature CNC from Tooltec to produce the pocket-size Clock 19. This was covered in the article I wrote for Furniture & Cabinetmaking published in 2014. This clock makes use of one-way bearings eliminating the need for the ratchet mechanism on the winder.

My latest designs make use of the Grasshopper Escapement designed by the Harrison brothers which was incorporated in John Harrison's famous chronometer which won the award for the Longitude Prize. Below is the one made from clear acrylic and another made from Corian.

I now have a dedicated web-site for my clocks- see:-

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 Dennis' Skeleton Clock   Based on a design by Brian Law 
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 Wooden grasshopper clock   Based on a design bu Brian Law 
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 Grasshopper skeleton clock in Coria   Skeleton clock in Corian 
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 Clear Acrylic Skeleton Clock - No 5   Based on Brian Law's clock 5 design 
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 Wooden skeleton clock - No 1   Made from Brian Law's design 
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 Skeleton Clock - No 19   Clock 19 Miniature Skeleton Clock