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My name is Thomas Smith and for many years I have had a penchant for artifacts crafted in various hardwoods. During my long career in Financial Services I found immense satisfaction and reward in my spare time by building timber objects for my home, family and friends. I am also an avid collector of modern and antique timepieces. Now, in retirement I spend much of my time pursuing my interests further and combining them by building high quality hand-crafted clock cases in my home-based workshop in Stockport, Cheshire.
Most of the timber that I use for my clocks is recycled from hardwood furniture or other wooden household items that might otherwise be disposed of. On the occasions when I find it necessary to buy timber from a wood yard I ensure that it comes from a sustainable source. My personal preference is Oak which lends itself perfectly to both contemporary or traditional designs. It is also such a pleasure to work with compared to other, softer timbers. Other hardwoods are also often used subject to their cost and availability.
Generally the clocks that I build contain good quality battery driven quartz movements. These of course are well known for their reliability and accuracy. However, to fulfill my special interest in vintage and antique clocks, I might use mechanical movements which have been salvaged from old clock cases that might already have been discarded by the previous owners. I will strip these movements down, repair or replace any damaged or worn parts, clean and lubricate them, then reassemble them. If after testing them, and I am happy that the movements are reliable and keep good time, I love to design and build timber cases for them.
Essentially my work is focused around building bespoke and unique clocks that can be made to order so as to complement both traditional and modern home environments. Some of the clock faces can be personalised in various styles and colours, perhaps also with personal messages printed on the dial.
The lead times for bespoke items, from when the customer places an order, to delivery, are dependent on the availability of materials and the complexity of the design. Generally though they are no longer than four weeks. I also have a good stock of “off the shelf” clocks for sale, perfect for gifting at short notice. Each of my clocks is a unique creation so please allow for slight variances in shape and colour.
Some examples of my recent work:-
Oak mantle clock (1) with pottery tile insert – 001
Oak mantle clock (2) with pottery tile insert – 002
Applewood mantle clock – 003
Mantle clock with an oriental style dial – 004
Traditional style large mantle clock with pendulum – 005
Beech mantle clock – 006
Small Art Deco mantle clocks – 007
Oak carriage clock style – 009
Tall mantle clock with ceramic tile insert – 010
Maple mantle clock – 011
Copper clockface in an oak case – 012
Small oak desk clock – 013
“Manchester Bee” mantle clock – 014
Arts & Crafts style mantle clocks – 015
Novelty desk clocks for children – 016
If you wish to talk about commissioning a piece of work, order a stock item, or just to chat about what you may expect to see on my Smith & Co stall at a forthcoming craft fair in and around Stockport please complete the enquiry form below. I will respond, if not the same day, as quickly as I can. Alternatively, for details about my products and how to make an online purchase, please see my store on Etsy at :-
Note: If you have a cherished clock with a clockwork or quartz movement that has, for any reason, stopped working I will be happy to look at it and provide a free estimate of time and cost for getting it working again.
Craft Fairs during 2021 where you will be able to see and buy some of my work:-
|24/04/21||Worker Bee Market, Broadstone Mill, Reddish, SK5 7DL|
|02/05/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG|
|29/05/21||Worker Bee Market, Broadstone Mill, Reddish, SK5 7DL|
|04/07/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG|
|24/07/21||Heaton Mersey Artisan Market, St. John’s Church, SK4 3BR|
|05/09/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG*|
|03/10/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG*|
|07/11/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG*|
|05/12/21||Heaton Moor Markets, Shaw Road, Stockport, SK4 4AG*|
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“I love my new clock. It makes a superb accessory for my home”. – S.S. Stockport
“So pleased with the clock I bought for my friend and she in turn is thrilled with it. Tom listened to my brief and matched the colour of the face perfectly with her decor. Thank you so much. I shall be back for more”. – S.Roberts., Heaton Norris.
Just received an early Christmas present to myself and I absolutely love it!!! Thank you so much Thomas Smith for my beautiful bespoke handmade clock. I will cherish it forever. It matches the oak mantelpiece perfectly. Your service, correspondence and workmanship is second to none. Brilliant!”. – C.C., Moston, Manchester
Great clock. Handmade and well made with quality components. We will definitely be ordering again. Very helpful seller. Order was very well packaged and dispatched with next day delivery.” – D.M., South Woodford, London
“I have received the clock this morning. It now takes pride of place on my mantelpiece!” – SL., Talybont, Wales