A cre­ator of the times

The art of mak­ing a clock from scratch us­ing tim­ber

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Philippe Coquerand philippe.coquerand@cnbtimes.com.au

THREE gen­er­a­tions of wood­work run through the Ford fam­ily.

Fam­ily mem­bers have cre­ated hand­made clocks, signs, cut­ting boards and ta­bles.

Re­cently placed first and sec­ond for his clocks at the Mun­dub­bera Show, War­ren Ford said his pas­sion be­gan when he was just a kid.

“It started with me watch­ing my grand­fa­ther make bowls and he was a wood carver so he’d use the hand chis­els to make pic­ture frames so I just stud­ied what he did,” Mr Ford said.

“You’ve got to use your imag­i­na­tion to try some­thing new that no­body else has done, have a bit of handy work and co-or­di­na­tion.”

Mak­ing a clock re­quires great skill, pre­ci­sion and pa­tience, he said. It can take up to a year for a slab of tim­ber to dry, so it is im­por­tant to en­sure enough is stored away.

“First off you have to get your­self a piece of tim­ber, then you have to get it slabbed up, cut into what­ever thick­ness you want,” Mr Ford said.

“You don’t want the tim­ber to be too thick oth­er­wise it’ll be heavy.

“I have a mate who slabs it all for me and then I bring it home and dry it, it may take a year to dry some of it and I

stack it away in the sheds and then ro­tate it ev­ery six weeks sort of thing.

“I then turn it over to aer­ate it and to make sure there’s noth­ing wrong with it.”

Once this is fin­ished, the process of clock mak­ing can be­gin.

“You then sand it down and then you drill your holes through to make sure your clock mech­a­nism goes into it,” Mr Ford said.

“You then stick all your numbers around and then you can ei­ther put some­thing like a pic­ture around it to make it look good or you can have a nat­u­ral clock.

“I then put a glass fin­ish, it takes 24 hours to set, and then you blow torch over it to get rid of the bub­bles and then you let it sit for the first three to four hours and then it’s done.”

Mr Ford made the sign for the Picky Pack­ers Hos­tel. He also teaches hor­ti­cul­ture and agri­cul­ture at the Mun­dub­bera State School.

To pur­chase a clock you can phone Mr Ford on

042 653 321.

PHOTO: PHILIPPE COQUERAND

CLOCK MAKER: War­ren Ford has been do­ing wood­work for years and makes all sorts of things, from clocks to cut­ting boards and signs.

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