Here’s my current project - 18th century Shield Tavern clock.
I started this last year and hope to have it finished this year. Everything you see in the photo is less than six months old (apart from the pendulum and brass finials at the top). This is my third Tavern clock and I try to keep the materials used true to tradition - there are no cross headed screws used here! The dial is made from oak planks. The trunk is pine sides and back with oak to the front (the pine is to keep the weight down). I’ve done all the dial decoration by hand and the gilding is 23ct gold. The hands are cut from a 250 year old brass plate.
Now the weather is improving, the clock, which is currently working well, will come back off the wall and, hopefully, by the end of March, I will have the trunk door cut (from oak) and the curved bottom panel (also oak) made and fitted. Then all the sharp edges will be ‘aged’ (sanded and then ‘abraded’ with various hard objects).
When all this is done, the trunk will be finished in black and the gold decorations added. Now there’s a challenge for March!
The final step will be adding the ‘centuries of grime’ to match the dial.
Period items will be - movement, pendulum, finials, hinges and lock for the trunk door. I will have created everything else.
As a new user, I can’t post any other photos of the dial being made, maybe later.