Skeleton Clock of Maple, Ebony, Poplar, and Holly
Woodworker: Charles MaxwellOn Charles Maxwell’s Cape Cod honeymoon 27 years ago, he and his wife saw a skeleton clock, and he vowed to make her one. In 2007 after retiring from the U.S. Navy, Maxwell made good on that promise and hasn’t stopped making clocks since. His building process is as unique as the clocks. After drawing the design, he starts building with scrapwood and only switches to the final wood when all the dimensions and shapes are perfect. This maple, ebony, poplar, and holly clock (16 in. deep by 20 in. wide by 70 in. tall) was a commission, and the finish is black lacquer or tung oil and wax.