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Will Matthysen

Will Matthysen is a self-employed furniture designer-maker operating full-time from his own workshop in Warrandyte Victoria Australia. Since setting up his workshop in 1989 he has focused on producing a range of clock designs made largely from wood but also including other materials such as brass steel high density fibreboard and glass. Over 130 clocks have been produced to date each one is hand built and unique and integrates the mechanism and the cabinet into a unified contemporary design. Each clock is different and explores different sets of ideas.

William's work is now represented in collections throughout Australia and the world. Needless to say the designs have evolved over time with each generation somehow leaving its genetic imprint on the next. The clocks and cabinets often refer to architectural forms and shapes. Broadly speaking they can be arranged into three types: -free-form sculptural pieces can be representational wall mounted size varies -long-case clock in wall mounted cabinet sizes from 1.8m to 1.0m high by 0.4m to 0.6m wide -mantel clock in free standing cabinet sizes from 1.1m to 0.6m high by 0.4 to 0.5m wide.

All clock movements can be fitted with complications such as strike and lunar dial. "From an early age it appeared to me that clocks possessed a magic of their own and to me the clockmaker has always been not only a meticulous craftsperson but a conjurer of inanimate matter which if combined in a special way could somehow be brought to life. As such they acquire a life of their own and become the silent witnesses to our lives. They will eventually outlive us and be passed on to future generations."

Long Clock #167

I vowed I would not make any more large clocks, but I must admit defeat, my enthusiasm got the better of me.

I was experimenting with different pendulum bob shapes, and found that the disc shape was far more efficient than the conical bob I had used in the past. This meant I could swing a larger arc of the pendulum with less drive weight, that means less wear, less air friction, and better timekeeping. As a result, I had to widen the case at the base, leading to the trapezoidal shape.

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