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Sam Stones06/12/2019 18:26:12
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Mechanically complete, I would be doing this project and those who designed and built it a disservice by trying to describe it.

Take a look ...


asimpleparson06/12/2019 18:31:41
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Stunning. Where on earth do they find the time? Does the person who actually designed this live amongst us?

Sam Stones06/12/2019 20:11:12
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You'll find the whole complex by way of excellent photographs and text in this link.


It provides an amazing and informative step by step coverage from about 2003.

Leave yourself plenty of time.


Meunier06/12/2019 20:15:56
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asimpleparson -

Lives in Australia actually, not sure if that counts as living among us (sorry Hopper et al, couldn't resist)

Long story short, an American, Mark Franks in Chicago, looked around for someone to design/build for him a complex ! skeleton astronomical clock and lighted on an accomplished Oz maker of repute - Buchanan - to do the job.
This is the second implementation, the first was made in wood to prove the concept/layout. It's worth the time to watch (sorry) the progress from the beginning. 2003-2019, and now to be stripped down and bearings replaced and the whole finished/lacquered.
And now I think I'll go down to the workshop and munch up a 130x30x75mm alu bar - but I will be working to fine limits.......honestly.

**LINK** enjoy

and the complete project

Nothing short of phenomenal


Edited By Meunier on 06/12/2019 20:18:34
I see Sam Stones beat me to it, another fascinated observer, obviously.

Edited By Meunier on 06/12/2019 20:22:58

Bob Stevenson06/12/2019 21:12:51
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Originally 'Buchanan of London'..then Buchanan of Chelmsford and now Buchanan of Melbourne(?) although the website claims a S.African origin....

asimpleparson06/12/2019 22:39:34
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Good grief. Sometimes, we are so base, and then we can attain this level too. I'm lost for words. How can we plunge the depths in one minute, and then rise to such beauty the next? The passion and ability here is nothing short of jaw dropping. You see Apes using sticks, and then ...this.

Sam Stones06/12/2019 23:19:58
666 forum posts
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If only Buchanan were in Melbourne Bob, I'd be booking an appointment with them and taking an Uber ride up there pronto.

Chelmsford, NSW is just a road too far for this old bugger smile d


magpie06/12/2019 23:30:35
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Excuse me while I just go and bury my fibre optic clock and give up my workshop. Absolutely incredible.face 3

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