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This excellent clock features wooden gears, a digital time readout, as well as the nutcracker John’s granddaughter gave him for Christmas. It rings one to eight bells in half-hour increments, four times per day. [via The Mill]

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. Not only is that a beautiful and fascinating clock, but Mr.Hilgenberg’s tour of its workings is a joy to hear. I don’t know as much as i would like to about escapements and mechanical movements, but this hybrid machine definitely inspires me to learn about them.

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