All-wood clocks by Charles Maxwell

Posted By on January 29, 2011

Brown Sugar Clock

Brown Sugar Clock by Charles Maxwell

These wooden skeleton clocks are made by Charles Maxwell from Rochester, NY, United States.

Charles Maxwell retired after 25 years of service with the U.S. Navy in December 2006. Charles Maxwell
When he visited a museum store at Cape Cod in 1982 , he first saw a six-foot skeleton clock constructed entirely of American Walnut.
The impression that this one-of-a-kind work of art made on him was so lasting that he decided to dedicate his first post-navy career woodworking project to designing his own version of that beautiful clock.
It took the better part of six months to design his first working, all-wood clock, from the ground up.

Charles Maxwell said:
” I’m a retired naval officer pursuing my other loves in life – chasing my wife around the house and fine woodworking – in that order!
I had the privilege of serving at the command level in the greatest navy that has ever sailed the Earth for a quarter century.
I’m proud to say that I wagged the finger at Qaddafi in the Gulf of Sidra (1984-5), nailed drug runners in the gulf coast, sailed proudly with our NATO forces against our former enemy, the Soviets, did my part in Somalia, Iraq and Korea and, most recently trained newly commissioned naval officers at the University of Rochester, NROTC.
Now that I’m retired from my naval career, I’m giving the woodcraft career a go. ”

More all-wood clocks by Charles Maxwell can be seen on his website:

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One Response to “All-wood clocks by Charles Maxwell”

  1. Those wood mechanics are amazing. I wonder how could he make and keep them with precise calculation since they have to work when they are finally assembled. Magnificent work!

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