This was one of two designs considered. While this is a
beautiful alternative, it did involve a larger 'footprint' on floor
space. But moreover, it is nearly identical to a design for a case that
will be built for my next commission from Buchanan, a very large and
complex astronomical skeleton clock. A brief presentation of the design
concept for this clock can be seen here:
A simpler design was chosen for this clock.
Shown here is the mockup for the stand and glass case. A change was made
where the the glass case has a taper to match the the slant of the case legs instead of
having straight, parallel sides,
Completed stand and case. The material is a heavy and densly grained wood
called Afromosia. There are a set of three rollers hidden behind the front skirt to align
and center the three weights. Click on the photo to see more
of it's construction.
Toward the end of the project I decided that I wanted a winding jack
constructed. This would minimize the effort and potential for a disastrous tipping of the
stand when winding the heavy 70+ lb. weights without any reduction gearing. We achieved a
9:1 ratio to make for a comfortable 8.25 lb. weight at the winding. Click
on the photo to see more of it's construction.