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of all, I always try and do a good job at keeping all of my work original.
If you're work is not original, your work is shit. Sorry, that's just the
way I see it. There are a select couple of times I might stray from this
idea and pull something off like this, otherwise, I don't bother doing it.
And with this in mind, let me tell you about my clocks.
I bought a woodburning tool set that I thought would be fun to use. It was
actually kind of a pain in the ass, and as a matter of fact, I didn't use
it the way I was supposed to. Instead, I would dig into the wood and burn
my design into it, creating outlines, rather than doing some kind of design
on top and keeping a "natural wood" feel.
Here is the first design I worked on, and of all four
clocks I did, the only one I still have in my possession. Done originally
as practice, I decided to make my first clock a design of Felix the cat
for a girlfriend I had at the time that loved Felix. Unfortunately, the
relationship ended before the clock was complete, and the girl never got
to even see it. Hence, why I'm still holding onto it today, and why even
though I've sold the other three, could never get around to parting with
this one, even though it's not an original design and means nothing to me.
second design, a drawing recycled over and over (you'll probably see it
many times through this site), was a piece done originally in pastels. You
can't imagine the work I've put into each one of these. It can be so tedious
to get everything to look just the way you want. On this one, Even though
the background on the clock was white, it kept yellowing with the polyurethane.
I think I even fixed this image up in photoshop so it wouldn't look yellow.
I don't know how many times I worked on this with paint and varnish to the
point I just couldn't stand it. It sucks being anal-retentive.
pastel drawing converted to clock design, I just thought the theme of colors
going here was pretty expressive. Even if it was only red, grey, black and
white. In any case, I think that I was working on these during some holiday
season and I luckily had people who wanted to buy them. I did get good money
for them, although I should have gotten more for the amount of work and
time I put into each one of these. The previous clock as well as this one
were both bought from a friend of mine, Scott, who had mentioned one of
them was for a gift and another was for him. Well alright.
last one, well, I guess I just decided to go all out on colors. I really
liked the idea of the pond with frogs sitting around and one of them caught
in a tea cup, (another drawing recycled from somewhere else that I did and
prostituted throughout this site). My friend, Steve who is as fond of frogs
and nature as he is of tea, wound up buying this clock. Hey, to each his
own, I just create the stuff.
And with all that in mind, after those four clocks that
I worked on laboriously for so long, I felt burnt out, (no pun intended).
I decided to wait and search or develop a new way of making clocks without
woodburning and using a variety of designs with much higher detail as
well quality and doesn't consume me on time. I've actually developed another
way of working on the clocks that is more time efficient and could work
out a lot better, but put the idea aside now for more important projects.
it stood that the last time I had done clocks was in 1995. Until
now. Seven years later, I finally got myself back on track to it
again, and figured out a good way of reproducing designs, but still
involving a lot of work. For the designs that followed during this
early winter of 2002, I developed a total of 12 designs, some of
which are re-makes of the clocks featured here, and other designs
which were picked out from the pastel section or ideas that had
spawned from different parts of this site.
Please forgive if the description and layout of the following designs
are laid out in such a way in hopes of generating interest and possible
sales. I'm not going to lie, yes, it'd be nice to make a few bucks
off of these if there are legitimate and genuine interests, and
note when I say "a few bucks", I'm not being humble, but
really mean it. Due to time invested and materials purchased, I'm
limited to what I can call a "profit" because I can't
charge a ridiculous amount for these clocks, otherwise no one would
buy them. In any case, I hope they please and excite everyone to
see them, and... given the hard work, maybe you'll want to pick
one up off me.
So... without further delay, please click any of the obvious links