4/6/14

Celebration!

Celebration Rolling Ball Clock by Clayton Boyer
Definitely an extrovert.
A new plan is now available:  The Celebration Rolling Ball Clock.  It's a party in clock form!  See it in action here:

3/19/14

New! Zinnia Kinetic Sculpture Plans



New kinetic sculpture plans now available.   It runs about 40 minutes on one wind.  Mesmerizing!
At www.lisaboyer.com

3/14/14

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson of Iceland


Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson


Hello, my father bought drawings from you some time ago, and he now finished his second clock, combining "segmented woodturning", woodcarving and clock making :)

he would like to thank you very much for the drawing, with best wishes

on behalf of Ingi Guðjónsson,

Guðjón Ingason :)
Iceland
Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson

Inclination by Ingi Guðjónsson
also one extra picture:
Wood Carving by Ingi Guðjónsson
Note from Lisa: Guðjón Ingason also sent this link to a must-see YouTube video of his father's work:
http://youtu.be/8bxBFzJ0nW8  Beautiful!  Thank you to Ingi Guðjónsson and his son, Guðjón Ingason, for sharing.

2/15/14

Leonard Cloninger's Simplicity

Simplicity by Leonard Cloninger
Hello Clayton,

Attached are some photos of the Simplicity that I completed. Was fun to build. I tell people that kids played college basketball on that clock. The gears are made from the gym floor from the University of Montana, Missoula. I salvaged the flooring from a renovation back in 2001.

Simplicity by Leonard Cloninger

The large gears have 36, 10 degree pie shaped segments in them and the smaller gears are laminated flooring ply.
Simplicity by Leonard Cloninger

The clock face is also flooring.
Simplicity by Leonard Cloninger

I hope you like my clock and I'll keep you posted on my further projects. Thank you,

Leonard


Wow, Leonard.  That is one deliciously beautiful Simplicity.  You are obviously not a newbie to woodworking and design.  The evidence is clear throughout your wonderful interpretation of the Simplicity.
So excellent to see all of your personalizations, too.  Seeing the clock mounted to your frame design with the Roman numeral dial in its full glory is really cool, and the segmented, solid wood wheels makes it a spectacular art piece.

Well done, Leonard!  That is truly one of the most beautiful Simplicity's that I've seen, and certainly one to be extremely proud of.

Thanks so much for sending the pix of your excellent interpretation of the Simplicity...now if you can just keep the basketball players off of it.  Ha.  You sure picked perfect wood for this - it's all well seasoned hardwood that makes your Simplicity an eventual heirloom that will be handed down through the generations in your family.

So excellent.
Aloha.  Clayton

Note from Clayton:  the large Roman numeral dial for Simplicity is an option that because of its size, is only available in the dxf format of the Simplicity plan.

1/21/14

Number Six by Aleksandar Momcilovic


Number Six by Aleksandar Momcilovic
Aloha, Clayton
 
Here are a few pictures of my first ever wooden clock.

 It has been working for a 5 month and I am very pleased with his accuracy and overall performance.

 I used  padouk for frame, birch ply for gears, walnut for numbers, pear for pendulum rod and bob parts and ash for small detail and weight shell.
This is such amazing clock, it starts right away and keep ticking day after day.


Moving on to new challenges, I am interested in attempting a Solaris build so I will purchase plans.

I thank you for offering such amazing plans.

Greetings from Serbia,
Aleksandar Momcilovic

Aloha Aleksandar, that is truly an excellent build!  

Your padouk Number Six, with all your creative personalizations, is spectacular.  It is always so enjoyable for me to see the creative additions that builders put into these projects, and you have let your muse run free with this build!

With your excellent craftsmanship, evident in every part of your Number Six, she should be a powerful runner, singing her beautiful song, for decades to come.

My Number Six had her tenth anniversary last June ~ and is still as dependable today as she was a decade ago.

I think you have created an absolutely beautiful clock that will become a treasure in your family, to be passed down through the generations.

Congratulations on a spectacular build, and thank you for sharing your story and pictures of this beautiful clock.

Enjoy!

Aloha.  Clayton

1/6/14

Clockmaker's Legacy Lives On

Toucan by Ethan Speir
Clayton,

My name is Ethan Speir and I am a 23 year-old currently living in Leeds, Alabama. Over the past year, I have worked to complete my own Toucan Clock using your plans (see imaged attached). I used Black Walnut, Maple, Birch, and Katalox for my particular design. This was my first clock build and my first real woodworking project in general. I had a lot of fun and learned a great deal throughout the process!

I gave my Toucan to my parents for Christmas yesterday, and they were moved to tears. My mom's father, who has passed, was a clockmaker. I believe seeing his legacy live on through me and my newfound passion made the gift even more special for her. 

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with the world. I look forward to building many more of your clocks in the future.

All the best,

 - Ethan.

10/31/13

Simplicity by Keith Lowe

Simplicity by Keith Lowe

Dear Clayton,
 
I’m proud to attach a view of my first ever clock – made to your Simplicity design.
 
Making a wooden wheeled clock has been a longstanding dream. My daughter started me off 3 years ago by buying the plans for my birthday. Having never done anything like it before the learning curve has been pretty enormous – not least in getting together and learning how to use my ‘workshop’. And, probably needless to say, a fair bit of the learning has been done the ‘hard’ way.
 
And the result is a joy – running of 6lbs – which isn’t perfect – but still qualifying for a place in our spare bedroom (beyond the reach of puppy-teeth).
 
I could never have done this without ready worked designs and plans such as yours – so thank you Clayton for many hours of pleasure so far – and may more to come – my wife bought me plans for ‘Nautilus’ for this birthday, and our daughter is patiently waiting for her turn, so there’ll be no lack of projects for a good while yet.
 
Greetings from Sheffield, England
 

Keith

Wow, Keith, I'm impressed!  That being your first clockworks ~ your craftsmanship is spectacular.  Great job on a beautiful build!  Your wood choices really make your Simplicity "Pop!"

I also enjoyed your clock story, and it may seem strange, but I also like hearing that the builder has had to learn certain things the "hard way".  I try to make my plans as simple to follow as possible, but there's always a bit of frustration involved with every build (I try to engineer most of it out...but not all!).  

I have found that the sense of accomplishment perceived at the end of a project is directly proportional to the amount of frustration surmounted during the build.  So congratulations on both counts ~ a beautifully crafted build, and that giant sense of accomplishment you must be feeling right now!  You certainly deserve it.

Your second clock will, of course, be an improvement over your first...after all you've learned a lot, but that first clock will always hold a special place in your heart.  And if you'd like to decrease that drive weight a bit, check out my FAQ's - especially the section on "Depthing".  Or, just leave it alone!!!  It's a beauty and running well, and that makes both of us very happy.

I look forward to seeing your Nautilus pix.

Enjoy!

Aloha.  Clayton