I am including this clock as a testimonial on the longevity of these clocks. I get an E-Mail from someone like this at least once a week telling me about when they bought the clock all those years ago, and how it is still running!
This clock was made in 1980, it is 41 years old now! It has been plugged in since 1980 and has ran ever since! Keeping perfect time all this TYME!
From the owner....
I thought I would share with you this picture of our clock that is over 40 years old! It sat on our mantle when I was in high school.
It now sets on my breakfast nook and still keeps perfect time. It is a show stopper and conversation piece.
People have stayed visiting just to see the balls drop on the hour!!
Kim Ewen Shepherd
My "Dad" is thrilled with his clock.
I have it up and running! It
looks and runs great - thank you for such a
I TRIES THE WHOLE NIGHT AND
WORKS PERFECT. THANK
YOU SO MUCH, HOPE I CONTACT YOU SOON TO
GET ANOTHER ONE.
I love the Clock, especially the sound of
the rolling ball is unique and every minute
the ball roll down hitting each other it
gives a clear and special sound you will
Why I bought
- Not mass production
- hand made
- unique of each clock
- a piece of art
Thank you again for the beautiful
clock. I've attached a photo of the
clock working perfectly.
Received the clock this AM. Have
it all set up and running. So far it
is keeping perfect time. I LOVE
it and want to thank you very much.
The clock is beautiful and working very
well. My husband is so pleased. Thank you
for your professional work.
The clock is quite in detail and it
makes us feel good that it's hand assembled
by the maker (you) instead of just being
rolled out by machines and robots in a
We feel this is more authentic, genuine,
meaningful, original and sentimental that
the clock is personally handled by you.
The clock is beautiful. Dad enjoys
watching it. He says it is smooth as glass.
San Antonio, Texas
Got it unpacked, setup and
running. It looks great and is working
great. Had alreday gotten the cover from the
acrylic guy, John that you recommended, so I
can keep the dust from building up. I set it
up in my shop which is where I spend most of
my time when I'm off making jewelry as a
hobby. Anyway, it looks great and I am very
Thanks A Lot!
Hi Joe! Just finished unpacking and
setting up the clock.
I did purchase the acrylic cover to
protect the clock so the whole setup looks
It is keeping perfect time.
Looking forward to my first poker game with
my buddies to hear there comments.
Personally, I could not be more pleased. It
is an interesting clock.
Christoph, sent an awesome picture of
his clock. And Said will sent text
Moonee Ponds, Australia
Just wanted to let you know that the
clock arrived safely here on Friday, the day
after my 30th Birthday (excellent timing)
and it is working perfectly, I'm very
pleased! My housemates love it also and were
very excited and helped me unpack it.
Received and set up all went well!
Enjoyed beyond expectations everyone was
Amazed,thanks for job well done!
Carry on your excellent work! Don
I received the parcel on time and safe
and sound, and I followed the instructions
to the letter. It is a fabulous piece of
workmanship and it actually keeps very good
time with the other pendulum clocks in the
room Ė almost saying Ďhey guys, I can keep
up with you!í. My daughters are thrilled
with the clock and they are just dying to
have their friends over to see the clock. I
am in process of contacting a local glass
maker here who can make a glass cover for
Thank you so much. This is a very
special clock for me, given its unique
history as well, and the parts that were
actually made by your father which are part
of this clock.
Here are some pictures of the clock at
my parents house.
It's in the hallway, where every
visitor can see it. They are very happy with
The parcel has been delivered to my
It is now on top of my piano next to
the clock I bought 20 years ago or more...
and both clocks work !
Hi Joe - just a quick note to let you
know clock arrived, is set up and
Clock looks fantastic.
I love my new cherry rolling ball
clock. My patients in my dental office
waiting room love it too! It is
beautiful! My son, David, who is 34
years old next month was really excited to
see a wooden rolling ball clock.
My son and I both love working with wood and
really admire the craftsmanship and pride
you take in your work. I feel like I
should name her like you do a ship. My
son and I will put our heads together and
come up with a name and let you
know. It arrived in perfect
condition. I really appreciate the
detailed instructions and video on how to
unpack the clock in order to not damage it.
My patients really enjoy it. One
patient wants to order one for a
relative. I gave her your web site
address. She went on and on that this
was the perfect gift for her family member
that she had been racking her brain to
figure out something for him. She said
that all things happen for a reason, she was
glad she came in to have some dentistry done
because then she got this idea.
I sent my family in California a video of my
cherry rolling ball clock and my son said he
was so jealous.
Keep up the good work,
Well, the clock arrived today, as
planned! The box and packing were
intact. Scott watched your video
instructions for unpacking and assembling,
and the clock is running perfectly!
Thanks for your note on the bottom. It
was a lovely, custom gesture. Very
much appreciated. The whole process
and conversation has been a genuine
Just to let you know that I received
the clock on Friday and it has run perfectly
all weekend. I would also like to commend
you on the high quality of workmanship
incorporated in making the clock. It is of a
much higher standard than I was expecting so
naturally I am very pleased with the end
product. Thank you once again.
Just to let you know the clock arrived
safely today at noon. I am delighted with
the super professional finish down to the
As I type this Ė the clock is working
on the living room window.
We got the clock. It is a real work of
art and it works perfectly. I can't stop
watching it. Been up all night!
I received my Oak Rolling Ball Clock
today and am extremely pleased with
it. I cannot believe the beauty of the
solid Oak clock that I ordered. Done
in natural wood, the clock is simply
stunning and beautiful. The number of
parts and the intricacy of all these parts
working together is simply amazing. It
is like a beautiful piece of furniture and
it is working well.
After reading the history page
from your website it is obvious to see that
you are building these clocks as a tribute
to your late father. What a way to
honor his wisdom and engineering genius in
developing such a unique clock.
I also think that including pictures on
your website would allow people interested
to see the beauty of the finished clock in
real wood. I have only had my clock
running for a few hours, but am enjoying it
immensely. I also think it is really
neat how you signed and dated the bottom of
the clock. Thank you for such a
beautiful clock and stunning piece of
My clock arrived in great shape and has
been running great for almost a week
Very impressed with the care and
workmanship. Great job!
Gerald Bought one of Each type of
Hi this is 72 year old Jerry, I can't
begin to tell you the absolute pleasure
these things bring me! I just
setup a location (no more room though), I
leveled it off with my Starret Square, I
look forward to
"Snip-Snip"! May God Bless
you and all the luck in the world-----Jerry!
The Last clock arrived in perfect
condition a few days ago, it's beautiful,
lovely an absolute work of
art! I love the
Engineering change/alterations to the two
flappers, I think it's a big improvement!
It's running great, now I have all
three different types of wood.
I'm 71 I hope the person I left my estate to
understands they are like the Mona Lisa, I
won't be here to explain them.
You know they say, "The apple doesn't fall
far from the tree!", your father was a
genius well so is his son,
love Jerry and Midge!
Hello Joe ...... the clock has ARRIVED!
Everything is ok. I have to thank you
for the dedication with my name. If my
brother will decide to buy it will talk to
you, ok? In the meantime, I'll do you a
GREAT advertising for your watch and your
honesty. A BIG thank you for everything from
ITALY. Paolo P.
Saint Peters, MO
Joe, I received the
clock this morning and the box was in
perfect shape and had not been opened at
all. I followed your instructions to the
letter and the clock is functioning
perfectly as you said. I and my wife are
very pleased with the nice craftsmanship
that shows in the clock.
San Antonio, TX
Absolutely beautiful!!! I am
amazed by the detail and precision.
Rest assured that this clock will be
cherished for many, many years to
come. Thank you for completing it even
though you got hurt half way through.
I am proud and honored to have
something made by you. Iím sure your
dad is looking down upon you with a proud
smile on his face. Just wanted to let
you know how much I am enjoying the ball
clock you made for me. I have it here
on my desk in my home office. It has
remained perfectly accurate and in time with
the atomic clock on my computer. I
truly appreciate all of the attention to
detail as well as the overall beauty of this
work of art.
I keep it shrouded in the acrylic case
with the removable mirror back. It
looks really cool with the added dimension
of depth that the mirror gives.
Keep up the good work!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours,
Yes! Iím very happy! Your clock (now
mine ;-) arrived yesterday! I also added a
picture of the new happy owner of your clock
#175. I am very happy with it, the clock
fascinates me very much and hope to enjoy
biding my time for many, many years.
( Joe Clockmaker says....) This
one I had to include a few extra pictures.
The clock was given as a Birthday present.
And the look on his face I just had to share
with you all!
Comments from his Dad....
Michael was so excited when it
arrived. As you can see from the
photographs he was very involved in opening
it! An amazing birthday present.
The quality of the clock is
fantastic... a true testimony to you
craftsmanship.. I can tell the pleasure you
get from making them, as it is so
It works beautifully. I am
sitting here watching it now... fantastic.
I hope you enjoy the photos and they
give you some pleasure back for your hard
Iíve always liked unusual clocks, and
this one is now the crown of my
collection. I was intrigued the very
first time I read about the original Idle
Tyme clocks and was very excited when I
found out that you were making these
again. I canít help staring at it!
Thanks for taking the time to build
such a quality piece!
Hope you're well. Just a short note to
say that the ball clock has arrived safe and
It's beautifully made, and I appreciate
the amount of time it must have taken to
produce. Thank you for inscribing the
base too - a real personal touch.
I'm sure it will give us many years of
pleasure, watching time roll by!
Good to do business with you Joe.
My clock arrived today, unpacked it as
per instructions and it is working
perfectly. I again thank you for the clock
and I can appreciate the time and work
involved in the making of the clock. Great
Texas City, TX
Just wanted to let you know the clock
arrived in perfect condition. It looks
great and from what I can tell so far, seems
to be very accurate! Iím going to
enjoy this one for a long time.
Clock is at home now and everything was
just perfect, unpacking easy and balls are
Thank you very much
Attleboro Falls, MA
This note is long in coming but I want you
to know how thrilled we are with the ball
clock. It has become the central point of
our house and everyone who sees it loves it.
Believe it or not I have been on a thirty
year quest to find " the clock".
Over thirty years ago my husband and I
went to visit a very special Rabbinical
leader. As we were waiting to be seen we
heard the whirring and sounds of balls
dropping and I said to my husband "what's
that?" And my husband looked and said " a
clock". We had never seen anything like it.
And that began our fascination with the ball
I must tell you that any one who ever came
into that apartment was enthralled by that
clock,(and there were many). So started my
search. I've gone to clock shops and
always kept an eye open for the " clock".
Last March on a whim (not having high hopes)
I googled the clock and low and behold I
found you. Boy was I surprised! But not as
surprised as my husband when I presented it
to him for his birthday. He couldn't believe
I actually found it. And he said " this is
really a wonderful present".
Two weeks ago a nephew of that Rabbi (long
deceased) came for a visit.
Immediately he saw the clock and in
amazement he said "just like the one my
uncle had!" Thanks again for the wonderful
clock and the case is perfect too.
Woodland Hills, CA
My clock arrived today in perfect
condition. What a wonderful birthday
present, I don't know how to thank you
enough. In many ways it's so much more
than I had expected. I am
aghast. I am so happy that I can
hardly contain myself. This is
so appealing. And the inscription on
the bottom means a lot to me.
Thank you for this great treat!
I just wanted you to know as of one
hour ago, my clock is set up and working
perfectly. Thank you so much!
it represents much more than the
clock. It is the total fulfillment of
a man's ingenuity, dream, brilliance and
beauty. It truly is a work of art with
each one being unique in its own way.
I fell "in want" with one as a child (always
had a thing for marbles and mechanics) and
you have brought that dream to reality for
I think it is
wonderful that you are able to continue your
Father's work and hope you draw satisfaction
from the joy you are bringing to all
children that come into contact with one.
(the children chronologically but even more
importantly...to the one inside each adult
that most people try to hide from
I have been
laying here for an hour just totally
fascinated by it. Also, it
makes enough noise that my cats have cut a
wide path around it!!!!
Again Joe, thanks so much for pleasing
this 56 year old kid!!!!
May God bless you and your family (that
one that seems to be ever growing through
your beautiful work!).
With all good wishes,
I purchased one of your ball clock
about a year or so ago and I have to tell
you it not only keeps on ticking (accurately
I must add) but it always gains much
enthusiastic attention especially from the
little folks. Unfortunately they want to
touch it. "It's not a toy"!!! I keep telling
them. However, I just want to say how much I
enjoy my clock. I think it is one of the
best purchases I can ever remember making.
The clock arrived and was in perfect
condition. We set the clock up that
night & I had already received the
acrylic cover from John at J R
Acrylics. It was level & ran
The walnut finish is beautiful. I
am amazed that you can put something this
intricate together & everything
co-ordinate exactly. I canít say
enough about the quality & workmanship
of this clock. I find myself standing
in front of the clock & just watching
all the movement & I am fascinated.
My husband saw one of these clocks over
25 years ago in a clock shop & it was 3
times the price you are charging for the
clocks, which we could not
afford. He has always looked for
one of them & I am so happy that I found
your website & was able to give him one
for his 60th birthday.
Received our wonderful clock this
evening and the box was in GREAT
condition...no dings, marks, or anything
wrong at all. Just like if you had
carried it to our house! We carefully
unpacked it according to your instructions
and set it up and it appears to be working
great...the time is correct!!! LOL,
it's been two hours!! We'll probably
still be up at 1 a.m. to wait for the big
It's beautifully handcrafted and I love
the cherry wood color.
I'm sure we'll get many many
years of enjoyment from it, and it's so
utilitarian, too!! It's definitely
unique!!! Thanks for all your hard
work! It was positively worth the
The clock came today! Thank you so
much. We absolutely love it. It's hooked up
and working perfectly. It's been
hooked up and running for about an hour now
and the minutes are still dead on. Thank you
again for this fantastic creation. Your
clock is now a proud centerpiece in our
home. I will be returning for another clock
in the near future possibly for another room
in the house. Thank you again, Joe! Also,
your message on the bottom of the clock is a
I wanted to let you know that we did
receive the clock. We had no issues
with shipping or unpacking.
We decided to forgo the clock as a
Christmas present as we originally intended
and instead gave it to our very inquisitive
7 year old son for his birthday two weeks
ago. It is without question his
favorite present he has ever received.
He stayed up most of the first night
watching the time roll by. Now he
can't wait to get home from school to watch
his clock and he loves to report to us what
time it is.
Thank you for the care, quality, and
craftsmanship you put into our clock, it is
Just got my clock and I LOVE it!!!
Thank you so much for making this.
New York, NY
So-- we received the clock and finally
unwrapped and set it up today. First off, it
is absolutely gorgeous... I can't stop
watching it... incredibly addictive!
We followed all the unwrapping
instructions exactly, and the clock's been
Thanks SO MUCH for your kind assistance
and for our beautiful time piece.
All the best....
Overland Park, KS
Hey Joe. The clock arrived today,
and I have to say it is beautiful. It
is exactly what I envisioned. The
color of the wood is perfect. Thanks
again for making these available, and for
being so patient with all my emails.
Inver Grove Heights, MN
Thank you! It is working
beautifully, and will be treasured!
Joe I can't begin to tell you how much
I love that work of art, it runs all the
It actually helps me with my medical
problems Joe it has become my
This Monday I get skin cancer removed,
and because of my blood thinning chemical,
and my pace maker I have this minor
operation done in an operating
room? Joe I'm scared
to death you see even a dentist won't want
to work on me, and I think I have a bad
It arrived in perfect condition I just love
it, it's obvious your apple fell from the
same tree your dad's apple fell from, your a
genius too. I can't
imagine putting one of those things
together, it's working great and I plan on
staying up until the "1:00 AM
I do want to buy a second one, were
deciding on wood, but my wife thinks we need
a cover? I really like the
openness of it, this thing is a work of art
I can't see closing it up in plastic.
I never saw an item packed so well, I
hope your still doing them when I decide on
Joe like my clock I just keep a rollin' a
So, what can I say - the clock is
great! Just as I expected. It found its
place at my home for the time being, but I
plan to take it to my work - let it be seen
to all my friends and colleagues.
Masterpieces should be available to everyone
Thank you again for letting it happen!
All the best to you and Linda in your life
The clock surpasses the high hopes I
had for it.....it is superb and works
perfectly. Thank you also for the
inscription you put on the base of the
clock, it makes it that bit more special for
I can't get my head round the working
of the clock, on the one hand it is "simple"
but then again it is so complex in its
design and execution of its function, that I
sit and watch it in awe...!!! And as you
say, it has so many individual parts that
blend together into such a homogeneous
Thank you again for all your efforts
and patience with me, I am truly grateful,
New Britain, CT
The clock is great. Works
flawlessly, and it shows your quality
work. Thanks. Paul
It got here in one piece. It's better
than I expected.
A very fair member of the opposite sex
found it intriguing. Which makes it even
more valuable to me.
Thanks for getting it here fast..
Got it. Thanks.
Incidentally, my students think the
clock is awesome. Several are saying they
absolutely MUST have one themselves. I don't
know that that will actually result in any
more orders for you, but I am telling them
about your website.
Clock looks great, I just set it up.
The message on the bottom is a nice touch,
I do have a complaint; I'm trying to do
my work but I can't because I'm staring at
the clock like a kid watching cartoons.
I will tell my friends.
Thanks again - Tom