John Wilding, FBHI
interest in clocks began in his
schooldays after reading the section on horology in the Encyclopedia Britannica.
Visits to the school clock (strictly out of bounds) which was a fine Thwaits and Reed striking movement responsible for the governing of the school's activities, and the reading of books, all stimulated his
World War II claimed him for some five years, and after that he
married and went into agricultural engineering.
used a lathe in that business and realized that with this tool he
could make a clock.
John was elected a fellow of the British Horological Institute in 1986 and was awarded the Institute's Barrett Silver Medal in 1998.
John's books are published by RiteTime Publishing Ltd
, 18 Woolmer Way, Bordon, Hants, UK GU35 9QF.
A complete list of the books he
has written follows the photo section below.
Here are some photos of John Wilding's
(Click photo for larger image.)
8-DAY WEIGHT DRIVEN WALL CLOCK—The first clock in John's
"How to Make.."
series some 30 years ago.
has since updated his
plans to include two motion work gears outside the frame together wih an hour hand and dial so it can indicate time.
has included a grasshopper escapement, which is ideal for a wooden clock, together with an automatic winding system.
sorted out a couple of problems with the original design in his
This relatively large movement is capable of driving a single exposed dial up to 2 feet in diameter, yet John
built it all on a small Myford 7 lathe.
The upper photo shows the tower atop John's shop.
The lower photo shows the mechanism itself.
WEIGHT DRIVEN BRASS ALARM CLOCK—John designed this clock as a beginner's project.
made several modifications including a balance staff in ball races and a simplified mechanical arrangement for the drive of the hands.
WEIGHT DRIVEN EGG TIMER—This is a new project by John
, and details have not yet been released.
Books by John Wilding
,How to Make an 8-day Weight Driven Wall Clock (Original Edition) (63 pages, 122 illustrations)