New Financial Year

2012 June 25
by Doug Jackson

As we move rapidly towards the new financial year here in Australia I have had to review my pricing in light of material and insurance increases. Fortunately, because I am a hobby business my overheads are really small, so it is likely that the clocks will have to increase by about 10%. I will be applying the price change in the first week of July.

Prize Draw Winners

2012 June 14
by Doug Jackson

Hi Everybody, We have just finished the prize draw for the free clock, and for the free kit.

(Queue Drum Roll)

For the Kit – David from Western Australia has won his purchase price back.

For the Completed clock – Melissa from Ohio has won her beautiful Black Space clock for free.

Thanks to everybody who participated – It was a wonderful experience spending time with Charly from askcharlyleetham.com choosing the numbers for each prize draw, and then hitting the Paypal ‘refund’ button. Charly is redesigning my web site for me, making it so that it’s easier for people to find things, and so that there is a better shopping cart instead of the old fashioned Paypal buttons. I am really looking forward to the changes.

Enjoy your wonderful prizes :-)

Doug, Megan and Charly.

Quick photo of the 70×50 clock on test

2012 May 8
by Doug Jackson

I have been commissioned to make a clock that is 70cm long by 50cm high – so here it is running the stress test for the LEDs on its side, as there isn’t enough space on my shelf to put it vertically – Next to do is the stencil. this clock is going to look stunning on the wall.

70 x 50 clock frame on test

150mm clock

2012 April 30
by Doug Jackson

On the other end of the clock size scale is the new 150mm clock that I have been designing.

I have been looking at how best to design and make a smaller clock that can sit on a desk. A big driver has been how I could simplify the design to make it quick and easy to construct so that it can be much less expensive than my wall clock, while still being hand made here in Canberra.

Unfortunately for my avid kit makers I can’t offer it as a full kit, as the soldering is really fine (0.5mm leads), requiring specialised techniques.

On Sunday, I was able to devote the time to prototyping the electronics. Here is a photo of the current prototype that I hand etched and soldered in my workshop, as well as a happy snap of the new stencil. This clock has minutes installed by default. I’m pretty pleased with the result
:-)

Workshop modifications

2012 April 21
by Doug Jackson

Hi everybody,

As you are probably aware, I don’t blog that much, but I do spend a lot of time working in my garage making clocks.

Today I finished installing shelves and smoke alarms. The shelving is there to allow me to be better organised – it’s amazing the difference that makes.

The smoke alarms are there to make sure that if anything bad happens in the garage we get warning. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

If you are reading this, go now and check the battery in your smoke alarm.

Doug

Big (50cm) clock finished!

2012 April 11
by Doug Jackson

I have finished the 50cm clock – it looks prey cool – This one is silver, and it is beautifully bright. There is a presence when you walk into the room.

a 130cm x 130cm (50″ x 50″) clock

2012 February 22
by Doug Jackson

Ok – I can finally talk about it.  Last year, I was approached by an architectural firm in Brisbane to make a massive clock for them.  They supplied an amazing concept drawing and asked me if it was possible.

Concept drawing for the Brisbane clock

After a bit of a chat dividing the workload between us and figuring out how we can make it a reality, we decided that they would engage a signwriter to laser cut a sheet of wood for the stencil, and mount baffles behind it and do all of the mechanical work, and I would provide the electronics package to make it light up for them. 

It took a couple of months of designing, but I built a high current driver that can be used for making clocks that are up to 60 inches across, using double strips of illuminating LEDs across each word – nice and bright!

It has been installed, and is beautiful – A wall that is a clock!.  The architect is busy getting commercial photos made which I will share when I get them.  In the meantime, this is the clock itself (Turned off)

A clock built into a wall! - each letter is 7cm tall

 

Smiles a quite – happy – smile!

Desk Mounting

2012 February 22
by Doug Jackson

One of my clients sent me a beautiful photo of their clock in their room.

A clock mounted in a canvas frame

 They chose to sit it on a wooden canvas mount that they purchased from an art store.  I loved that idea so much that I went to the art shop here in Braddon, and brought a mount for $30 – The clock fits it beautifully, and I don’t have to put it on a wall. 

 Here is a silver random clock on a wooden frame – I am still not completely happy with the evenness of the illumination (especially down the left hand side), so it is not quite something that I am prepared to make available for sale yet.

Silver Random clock on a wooden frame

Wow – I have never really been a blogger

2012 February 22
by Doug Jackson

The last blog comment on this site was in November – It was a comment about how busy I was.
Well – That is pretty typical of me. My basic nature is that I get focused, and loose track of the frilly bits (this blog being a frilly bit).
My clock business is running well, orders have been caught up with, and I have made some beautiful custom clocks for people.
The best bit of delivering a clock is the wonderful email that I get saying just how much the new owner loves it, or how “My husband couldn’t stop talking about it for 20 minutes, then we I argued about where it should live, but I let him win because it was Valentines day” – I love making beautiful things that make people smile.

Christmas Orders

2011 November 29
by Doug Jackson

Hi everybody.

There has been an amazing level of demand for clocks this year, including lots of clock orders for Christmas. The ones that I have received to date (29/11/2011) WILL get there on time. Any orders that I receive from now onwards may not be able to be delivered in time for Christmas. I will try to get them out, but with the general postal slowdown, they may not make it in time.