Tuesday, 22 January 2013

French clock

This is the clock that started it all.  A gorgeous old French clock spotted as we were walking around the old city of Gordes in France during our trip to Europe in May/June last year.  Hubby loved it and as we couldn't buy this one and ship it home, he decided to make one.

One of the things about my hubby is that when he plans a project, he does it really well.  I'm continually amazed at his ability to nut things out, research in great detail and then make and create.

The things needed for this project were steel, a welder, angle grinder, clock mechanism with hands, paint and lots of patience.  Hubby had to teach himself to weld, read copious tutorials and watched numerous you tube clips to help him out and then practice, practice, practice.

Here are some photos of how the clock came together.

The clock face metal was bent into a round shape by a work colleague of hubby's who had access to the appropriate tool.

Spacers added to keep the clock face and frame rigid.

Adding the Roman numerals which  were individually cut to shape.  Also the addition of metal  framing to mount the clock mechanism.

The clock sitting on the template.

Ready for painting.

The finished clock.  Isn't it wonderful?

Hubby making adjustment to how it is hanging on the wall.  My man is over 6 foot so you can get an idea of how big the clock actually is.

I am so proud of hubby, the work, time and creativity that has gone into the making of this clock.  I just love it and every time I go into this room I just have to smile.  I'd love to know what you think.

Anne xx


  1. Wow that's fantastic! I'm glad you put the photo in with your hubby because I didn't realise just how big it was.

    This is the first time I've been able to comment for a while because I haven't been able to see any words on your blog recently.

  2. The clock is amazing a job well done!

  3. That is fantastic, what a great job he has done, looks great.

  4. Nice work. And what a great project. Once a welder- always a welder.

  5. Anne, your clock is amazing. Your husband is very talented as the detail and precision of each angle and piece of metal is what makes it a work of art. Well done!

  6. Wow! That is brilliant! Your hubby is mughty clever, it looks very professional and beautiful.

    Jerra xx

  7. I think it's a fantastic achievement. Well done, hubby.
    Love from Mum

  8. Wow that's great! Well done R, it looks fantastic.

  9. How blessed you are to have such a wonderfully talented and creative hubby! Your clock is truly gorgeous.

  10. Well, there should be no stopping him now Anne........how about some nice garden ornaments?
    He's done a fabulous job and the clock looks fantastic.
    Just goes to show you....when you set your mind to do something you can achieve anything...

    Claire x

  11. Anne this looks fabulous, you must be so proud of him. What a huge work of art he has created, and doesn't it look perfect in that spot. It's great to see projects through isn't it. cheers Wendy

  12. Well I think it is SUPER !! Absolutely wonderful and every time you look at it , it will remind you of a wonderful holiday in 2012.

  13. I want to put my order in for one of those clocks please. I asked my clever hubby to make me one just like yours and he just rolled his eyes. Kill joy he is!

    A beautiful masterpiece, very good work!


  14. Incredible!
    What a clever and talented husband you have there Anne - he's made a fine clock!
    Mine, bless him, would never have the patience to do make something like that!
    Gill xx

  15. Totally lovely. Home made & beautiful & a lovely reminder of France.

  16. How wonderful! You have a very creative and talented hubby Anne


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