On Time Wooden Clocks


About the Craftsman

profilepicMy name is David Goodyear, a medical physicist, with a passion for woodworking.  My passion started about 10 years ago.  Using simple tools I created a rustic hutch for our new home.   I remember being so proud of my hutch.  At the time I thought it was beautiful! My art has evolved substatially since that time.  My pieces have evolved from screws and nails on to traditionally joinery.  Then I discovered a wooden clock kit!  My interests in woodworking and training in physical sciences seemed fitting for tackling such a feat:  Creating a clock entirely from wood! It was a great project.  It introduced me to the principals of clockbuilding and I haven’t turned back.  Although the quality of my projects has changed remarkably in recent years, I still keep that first hutch in our dining room as a reminder that things change, and with work and determination you can take your art to the next level.

As a woodworker, I have a passion for creating objects from wood and sharing this with others is my ultimate goal.  If someone wishes to buy a clock I can sell it to them.  Now, if one wishes to build it themselves, I can help! I plan to offer several courses on clockbuilding.  The first course, will focus on clock mechanics and the necessary components for building a simple clock.  The second course will focus as a practical guide to building a clock.  For the amateur woodworker,  I will offer plans and a material kit for purchase.  For those with CNC (computer numerical controlled) machines,  I will offer templates for cutting your own parts.

A clock is fairly simple mechanical system. Put simply, it is a collection of gears which rotate on arbors, a power source, and a pendulum to regulate time.  My clocks are usually designed using several materials.  The common materials include brass arbors, a wooden frame and wooden gears.  All wooden gears are cut from solid baltic birch plywood, which is void free, has furniture quality veneer, and is dimensionally stable.  I avoid using stains and prefer to work with contrasting hardwoods. The design of the clock dictates where I use the materials.  The design possibilities are endless and are limited only by imagination.  From simple linear shapes to flowing organic forms, anything is possible.  My designs are influenced by nature and personal interests.  I try to integrate unique features in each design that distinguish my clocks from those of other artists.  For example, chemical patinas on different metals can be used to create chaotic brilliant patterns.  These can be used to create a focal point, spark interest and invoke conversation.  However, a clock with a pendulum and moving gears made entirely of wood (which actually keeps excellent time!) is usually a conversation piece all on it’s own!

What better way is there to pay homage to the rich history of engineers, physicists and inventors, whom have spent countless ages in the quest to measure time, then to package it all in a single moving piece of art: A wooden geared clock.


2012 – Annual Members Exhibit 2012, June 23 – August 12


2012 – “Hypnosis”: Award of Excellence for Innovation and Design – Craft Council of Newfoundland and Labrador Annual Members Exhibit.