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The Manufacturing Process - Made by Hand:

  • British Horological Institute accredited clock case workshop and clock case manufacturing.
  • Wood selection in our traditional clock workshop.
  • Masterpieces created by our two cabinetmakers focusing on your clock alone. Tinie and Harold carefully position and balance the hues and grain fully displaying the beauty of the wood on the table.
  • A Holtzhausen clock is not mass produced.
  • 1 clock at a time.
  • 5 - 7 days per clock.
  • 4 clocks a month.
  • 40 clocks per year.
  • Limited to 50 per style and woodtype - certified.
  • Wood is cut and planed: Held by hand.
  • Columns areturned on a laith: By hand.
  • Crown and other contours are cut on a figure saw and router: By hand.
  • Sanding and assembly: By hand.
  • Back of the clock (again the very same grade and type as the rest of your clock) is positioned into its grooves, forming floating panels. This ensures that the solid wood’s movement will not affect the tone of your clocks chimes.
  • Beveling ofglass, if requested: By hand by an Italian family.
  • Installation of the glass:Hand cut wooden beads (the same timber as the rest of the case); By hand.
  • Mechanical German movement of your choice is checked and installed by either Herman, Tinie or Harold.
  • During these days of manufacturing your clock, it is our sole focus and our souls’ focus. Each one tells a story of its own. We love what we do!

Collectable Clocks

  • Today, the sole purpose of a clock is not one of functionality and decoration alone. We need clocks, not only to tell us the time or fill a space against a wall, but more importantly to root us in ritual and in history. Therefore a clock has to come with a story, lending character to its presence. A Holtzhausen clock will do this and more, it will import a sense of mystery, evoking wonder and dialogue.
  • We at Holtzhausen see "clocks like mountains, as icons of beauty, witnessing the passage of time". You will find that all our clocks are named after well known mountain ranges and peaks.
  • Your clock will become a unique feature in your home and a focal point around which your day to day life turns.Your clock will become a spindle of your circle of relationships whether you live with your cat, your partner or your family. As your household treasures this item, so will it be cherished after you by generations to come. So when you choose a clock, you want it to transcend the boundaries of time, trend and fashion. You want it to be something special. It makes sense therefore to consider purchasing a Holtzhausen clock which not only speaks of tradition in its German mechanism, but also has a unique handcrafted cabinet made from exotic hardwood especially for you.