• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • Pearl Sutton
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Mike Haasl
  • r ranson
  • paul wheaton
master gardeners:
  • jordan barton
  • John F Dean
  • Rob Lineberger
  • Carla Burke
  • Jay Angler
  • Greg Martin
  • Ash Jackson
  • Jordan Holland

Grandfather clock the frugal way

Posts: 3666
Location: Kingston, Canada (USDA zone 5a)
purity dog forest garden fungi trees tiny house chicken food preservation woodworking
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Source: http://i.imgur.com/
Posts: 6355
Location: Carnation, WA (Western Washington State / Cascadia / Pacific NW)
hugelkultur purity forest garden books food preservation
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Very cool. It reminds me of a prop my daughter created in high school.

If I recall correctly, the play was Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None." The play had to have a grandfather clock. Certain things happen in the play when the clock chimes at specific times. Spooky things. Any how, my daughter was the props manager and there was no budget for a grandfather clock!

Luckily, a student in the group happened to have an empty grandfather clock case at home that his family had thought to fix up one day. My daughter found a cheap ($5?) clock face to put in it from a local clock and watch shop. The clock shop also set her up with a cheap mechanism for a pendulum: she attached a wooden stick with a round disk on the end of it to some kind of motor and it worked! ...for about a minute. The motor was too weak for the heavy stick and metal disk, but once it got swinging, it would go for a while. So, during the performances, at every scene change, my daughter had to walk past the grandfather clock to give the pendulum a good push to keep it ticking.

Resourceful creativity--I love it, Adrien!

Posts: 4
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I love this, very simple but great effect. I saw something similar on another forum where someone had done a Trompe l'oeil grandfather clock, can't remember which one so can't post a pic but it even had a little mouse sat in it.
Can you shoot lasers out of your eyes? Don't look at this tiny ad:
Greenhouse of the Future ebook - now free for a while
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic