Instructables user hellboy is cooler than you and I. This much is evidenced by his work on two of the most beautiful painstakingly handcrafted clocks I have ever seen. Pictured to the left is his most recent project dubbed “Cyclops”. It is so named for its singular nixie tube that functions as the time read-out on this build.
hellboy built the Cyclops’ ornate enclosure primarily from 13 aluminum plates that he believes were originally meant as speaker mounts of some sort. The rest came from spare brass parts and other odds and ends he happened to have on hand. He spent a considerable amount of time with a band saw and milling machine to cut his pieces just right and finished up with a polish before fully assembling everything. I am of course well over-simplifying his hard work here. For his highly detailed build log visit this link.
While clicking through Instructables a bit more in search of other clock projects that were equally as amazing I stumbled upon the image that you see below. It turns out that this is hellboy’s first submission to the popular site. This one is very simply named the Lantern Clock. This is one of my favorite Instructables period. It is in the top 10 of my list and yes I do actually have a list. Perhaps that should be a post at some point?
This build is clearly influenced by the steampunk aesthetic. It features 3 separate modules (lanterns) that hold 2 nixie tubes each. These function as the clock read-out of course and display hours, minutes and seconds. The master maker used two very beautiful slabs of walnut and maple wood to create the swooping base that would hold the hanging lanterns. For the lanterns themselves he used 2″ diameter acrylic tubing, various brass and chromed hardware as well as about 6 nixie tubes. He went through a few iterations of the lanterns before he reached the design that you see below and I have to say that I am thankful for his time.
It’s projects like this that make me proud to be a member of the maker community and almost content to just spectate. Almost. I also love seeing such beautiful work because it encourages others (myself included) to take on bigger and bolder projects; to really push our creativity and knowledge barriers. I know I’m getting all gushy here but that’s one of the real powers that art has and make no mistake dear reader, this is without a doubt a high form of art.