Miniature wooden watches by Valery Danevich

Posted By on April 20, 2011

miniature wooden watch-pendant

Miniature watch-pendant by Valery Danevich

These pocket watches are made by Valery Danevich ( Валерий Даневич ) from Kiev, Ukraine.
The only non-wood detail in these watches is the spring and they are fully working.

Valeri Danevitsch was born on 13th October 1968 in Kiev, Ukraine.
The tradition of carpentry work is distributed in the dynasty Danevitsch from generation to generation, from father to sons.
From early childhood he was fascinated by the works of his father and grandfather.
In 1986 Valeri Danevitsch successfully completed his professional education as a cabinetmaker.
The ability to implement his knowledge and skills at a high level, motivated him to start his own company in 2004, specializing in production of high quality furniture accessories and wooden spiral staircases.
Another business was the restoration of valuable furniture of bygone eras.
Valery DanevichDriven by the question of what one could produce from wood, he started experimenting with wooden movements for clocks in 2005.
During this experimental phase of his career, he learned the basics of a watchmaker.
And essential was studying the properties of different woods that are suitable for watchmaking.
His first movement was designed for a floor clock.
After the sixth clock mechanism, which he did, he read the book about watchmaking and it only helped him to accelerate the calculations.

After several trials and errors the first pocket-sized watch was made in 2008.
The dimensions of the last watch, which was finished in 12. 2010 are: diameter 30mm , thickness 13mm and its made from birch burl, birch, apple and bamboo.

Valery Danevich has said about his work:
“ For what I’m doing them, probably for the best! For the soul, for the sake of money, and simply can`t not to do them.”
“When I working on a mechanism, I rejoice as a child for a success of every detail, even forgetting about the problems.”

More of his work can be seen here:
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6 Responses to “Miniature wooden watches by Valery Danevich”

  1. My friend Valery is an unique artist, a wonderful man. I’m glad to see his work on this site. They deserve to be in the best collections of museums around the world. Congratulations!

  2. George Foster says:

    You are 100% correct. This man’s work should be shown to the entire world as he is one of the best !

  3. Nichlas says:

    Hi. I an really impressed by his amazing work. Do anyone in here know how to get in touch with Valery? Email, phone nr. ect. Hope to hear from you! Untill then take care all. Sincerly Nichlas

  4. Holger says:

    Hi, if anyone want to come in contact with this fantastic artist or want to buy these amazing clockes or watches, here is the Email-adress from his agents for Europe:

  5. Отличная работа, не перестаю восхищаться. Очень целеустремленный и талантливый человек, работы которого имеют право на успех и признание.

  6. […] over long periods of time. In my oh-so-(not)-accredible opinion, he does an outstanding job at it. Here is an article where you can see more pictures and find more information about Danevitsch. For now, […]

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