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Title: Paper Clock -- Peace Tower by Wrebbit
Post by: dcunningham2 on January 14, 2007, 05:01:26 PM
This paper clock is built from a now discontinued kit from a Canadian company named Wrebbit, that manufactures 3D jigsaw puzzles.  The kits consist of 800+ pieces and are still available from various sellers on eBay.

The illustrated instructions run about 100 pages, are very detailed and contain no errors that I found.  I can't imagine how much it cost Wrebbit to develop this kit, but it had to be many tens of thousands of dollars.  I wrote the company to try to track down the lead designer, but the company has since been sold to Hasbro and they're not willing to provide contact information or forward communications.

The escapement is a single-leg gravity escapement that runs very well.  The main design flaw of the clock is that it only runs for two hours before the weight hits the floor, so the completed clock is only valuable as a conversation piece.  Conversations often start with, "Why would you build a clock that runs for only two hours?"  Display this clock on your wall and people will receive the confirmation they need to know that you are crazy.
Title: More pictures
Post by: dcunningham2 on January 14, 2007, 05:07:19 PM
More pictures
Title: Paper Clock -- Peace Tower by Wrebbit
Post by: rus on January 15, 2007, 09:35:16 PM
I too constructed this clock -- a fine piece of paper engineering.   A couple of years ago, I happened onto a website selling woodworks clocks by Andre Landry of Quebec, there it stated that he had designed the Peace Clock kit for Wrebbit.
I couldn't find that site tonight-- don't think it exists any longer.  I did a Google image search and found about  eight examples of his woodworks. Pretty flashy stuff-unique framing designs and pretty substantial wheel works. All came from a site named (something like) grandfatherclocks plus.  Good luck on your quest
Rus
Title: Andre Landry
Post by: rabbit on January 16, 2007, 08:47:36 AM
hey, Rus...
'think you could find those pictures again? i searched and searched, but only found one little clock pic. it piqued my interest!
Title: Andre Landry clocks
Post by: rus on January 16, 2007, 12:06:04 PM
Hi Rabbit
Try this.Go to
http://www.grandfatherclocksplus.com/
then scroll to "wood gear" on menu to the left.
Each of his clocks has its own page with a pretty good picture and description.
Hope this helps,
Rus
Title: Paper Clock -- Peace Tower by Wrebbit
Post by: dcunningham2 on January 17, 2007, 09:01:48 PM
Excellent link -- it's interesting to note that Landry's wooden clocks are among the more expensive items sold by this store.  That should be encouraging for the hobbyist who is considering selling wooden clocks as a side line.

The clocks displayed at this site are very reminiscent of both the Peace Tower and Medievel paper clock kits by Wrebbit.

It also looks like these clocks are built to order as they list a 4 week production time.
Title: Paper Clock Peace Tower by Wrebbit
Post by: joguilt09 on December 17, 2009, 04:24:37 AM
holy moly... i cant believe thats my pic...it looks soooooooo much better
i dont have ps,i have photofiltre and digital photo librarian and i dont think those programs can do what you did...thats awesome.