This clock is a definite heart warmer as spins and twists is way along. I mostly followed the plans from Clayton except I just couldn’t resist adding a pointer to serve as an “hour hand” - besides the tail of the arrow serves to hide a screw head in the frame as well.
The frame of the clock is Cherry wood. Cherry has a nice uniform density and hopefully won’t be subject to too much change due to weather and heat.
The movie shows the flying pendulum in motion and a lot of the appeal of this clock is that it is inconsistent and just about the time you have it figured out the clock will do its job just a little differently and cause you to smile.
The “ogee” moulding at the top of the clock is purely ornamental and I extended it downward to cover a couple of screw holes.
The plans called for dental floss on the flying pendulum but I opted for a fine crochet thread and as it is bright red it show its windings really nicely.
Just how hard the ball flies through its cycle depends on how much weight you apply to the clock, how heavy the flying weight is and how long the red string is.
The depthing of just how far the crown extends into the pinion is the most delicate part of this clock and to this day (one year later) I still have to fuss with it from time to time.
The crown and pinion gears are a little tricky and are worth being patient with.
This photo shows the trains of the clock. the running train occupies the most of the works while the time train only consists of a pinion running on the insde of the “face” causing it to turn.
The time is always shown at the “12 o’clock” position as the face rotates past the little pointer.
A full view of the clock with its weight hanging below.