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Friday, October 03, 2008

WONDERFUL CLOCK!

HerHimnBryn emailed this link to me. I enjoy clocks and watches (the mechanical kind) and this really floated my boat. I just had to share it with you all.

It is derived from John Harrison's wonderful clock of the 1700's (this is a long link, but the fascinating story it tells is well worth perseverence).

10 comments:

herhimnbryn said...

I cannot take credit for this.
Rima wrote about it in her blog......

http://intothehermitage.blogspot.com/2008/10/sharmanka-chronophage.html

But the clock is stunning is it not?

Lee said...

Fascinating!!

Barrett Bonden said...

But you can take credit for it, herhimnbryn, because you found it and the internet is a big place.

How could anyone fail to respond to this elegant - but technologically sound - whimsy? My response was inevitable because it represents in hardware what I try to do, on a much lower level, in my blog. On top of that the creator bestrides the Twin Cultures. Only someone with a deft skill in the written word could have come up with the concept of "eating time" and then seal off the achievement with the delightful "chronophage".

Come to think of it, Harrison back in the 1700s had a witty side to him when he named his mechanical delicacy "the grasshopper escapement".

herhimnbryn said...

Avus and Barrett Bonden. You may well enjoy the rest of Rima's post about the 'Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre'. She has some video about this amazing Russian and his Kinetic sculptures. The above link will take you there.

Judith said...

What a joy to see, Avus. And of course once on YouTube there are so many other clock videos to watch too. But the grasshopper beats everything. One of my great grandfathers was a watch and clock maker in Birmingham.

Kay said...

I have a real thing about the passage of time so I found this utterly fascinating. THANK YOU. I intend to link to it myself and perhaps blog about it - it's so interesting, and the typically English 'understated way' (to corrupt a line from Pink Floyd ...) is just the icing on the cake!

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Isn't this just wonderful?? I find some many fascinating things on Rima's blog! And, on yours!

Happy Monday from both of us!

Robyn said...

Really stunning!

Vita said...

It took me until now to watch your clock, because I thought he was an ugly bug. It turns out I was wrong, and this incident should teach me not to draw hasty conclusions. I am having a leisurely morning here, and enjoyed your clock very much after showing HH your beautiful autumnal bicycle ride.

Avus said...

Vita:
Glad you had time to pop by and have a leisurely look around.