Making a clock is a fascinating and satisfying experience. From the matching of the first two components, to the moment one hears the first beats of the escapement - it is as though one has created a living thing.

    Contrary to what may be thought, expensive precision machinery is not a prerequisite for the beginner although, as your skill and experience draws you into the construction of more complex clocks, the use of a light engineering lathe or a medium capacity drilling machine may be necessary. Recently I have designed and made three clocks on an inexpensive lathe and this included all the wheel cutting and machining the fusee. Some of my books have been written with the beginner in mind and are designated in the following pages. Usually these have been constructed using one of the small hobby lathes.

    Quite apart from the pleasure experienced in the manufacturer of all the parts of the clock, the end product fulfils both a pleasing and practical function for the home.

    RiteTime offer one of the most comprehensive collections of Do-It-Yourself books on the Art of Clockmaking. There are books to suit all levels of competance, from the making of a simple 16th Century style clock, to battery driven electric clocks or the complex Congreve Skeleton clock for the more experienced. For those interested in Long Case clocks and Antiques I have written books which deal with the repair of antique clocks and the construction of Automatic Winding for the Long Case Clock.


                                                                    John Wilding  MBE FBHI