Isaac Youngs Clock Build Video Now Available

In October of 2015 visited Hancock Shaker Village for the first time. The reason for the trip was to examine two particular pieces in their collection. A candle stand and one of Issacs Youngs wall clocks for prospective videos on building them. Both pieces were well known and often written about Shaker pieces; but not often well represented. By that I mean drawings and plans were often inaccurate or omitted details about their construction. The candle stand was a pretty straightforward deal but the clock was like opening Pandora’s box.

One of my clocks in Butternut and White pine.

Isaac Youngs turned out to be a subject unto himself (there are several earlier posts about him and his clocks on this blog). The clock I had looked at on that first visit was just a small facet in the life of it’s maker. Very few pieces of vintage furniture (Shaker or not) do we know who the maker was at all, almost never with with a backstory like these small wall clocks.

The preview video is here and the full video is available here are the culmination of the documentation of three of Youngs 1840 style wall clocks. This is a very detailed build video at 7 1/2 hours long with many facts about Brother Isaac’s life scattered throughout. I will never like a video with me in it but if I did this would be my favorite. Josh Farnsworth at Wood and Shop did the filming and editing, it is his best work to date in my opinion.

My copy of INY’s clock #21 in old growth Cherry.

A massive thank you to Lesley Herzberg curator at HSV during filming and subsequent visits. She always made time in her hectic schedule for all my questions and inquiries about pieces in the collection. Even when I know she did not need the added headache of Will hanging around! Also many thanks to Jack and Stephine Steffek both of which are interpreters at HSV. When visiting Hancock they have put me up in their spare room many times. They are both are excellent cooks and I always look forward to the most excellent meals and conversation when I am in the far north.

Will Myers

7 thoughts on “Isaac Youngs Clock Build Video Now Available

  1. When I saw you at TWS a little while back, you mentioned the filming was done. Great to see the video is released. I noticed the YouTube short video the other day. Looks to be well done and a good project. I think I can manage the joinery, but Iā€™m not sure about the molding planes. I struggle with those mostly due to lack of experience. Anyway, looking forward to the download. šŸ™‚



  2. Do you happen to know if there are any plans for a DVD version of this rather than a streaming version? When I visit my elderly dad, we like to watch woodworking videos. The Moravian workbench build on DVD was a huge hit with him. Seven hours of this clock would be a lot of fun for him to watch.


  3. Will I have a quick question for you. I know the video will be great and I always enjoy your work. With this video does instructions on materials and parts such and the clock components come with the video? I think I can handle the project but I do not want to do this beautiful cabinet injustice with some cheap clock in it. Thank you so much for your time.


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    1. The video comes with several page measured plans, cut list, and the type of movements I use,. I used a quartz movement with mechanical chime for the one in the video.


  4. Will

    I watched the video in several sittings over a few days. I really enjoyed it and it looks quite nice in HD. I plan to make one at some point in time, maybe as a wedding gift or something.

    One thing that made me curious, unrelated to the joinery. I guess the original clock used a weight to drive the works. It appears the weight was on one side, which would seem to throw off the balance when hanging on the wall. Did they hang this just from the top or did they add a lower screw to hold it vertical. Or maybe it just wasn’t a problem.

    Thanks.. Tom


    1. Tom,

      Yes, they had a single small screw thru the lower part of the backboard that went into the wall that kept the clock from swinging side to side.


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