Story Clocks  by Heather
Unique designs, fine fret woodwork

What is your story?

Story-telling time-tellers, hand crafted by Heather

Clocks tell time, Of course. They tell us when we need to work, to play; they measure the time with our loved ones. They can also tell a story and stories are personal. With care, both the clock and its stories can be handed down generations.

Each clock is exclusive so you can incorporate your story into a unique, personal time teller and storyteller.Tell me about the trips you shared... about your baby's birth, your grandchild's graduation.

Fretwork clocks are clocks made with ornate woodwork, individually handcrafted with a power scroll saw and hand tools. What goes into these unique housings? Curves and angles and, of course, time. And your theme. Each one is made in a home workshop, one at a time. Customized clocks incorporate three-dimensional icons of your story.

But first my story. I live and build clocks in the small, rural village of Crosshill in southern Ontario, surrounded and influenced by the German settlers and their legacy in this region. Part of that legacy is the German crafting of clocks, pyramids and other fine fretwork. This art is fairly rare now but you could still see wonderful examples of local craft shows and at Kitchener's Christkindle market.

I began working with wood and the scroll saw over 20 years ago. Being able to create fretwork art with my hands and my experience creates an exciting connection with the various woods, both common and exotic.That is part of my story. 

What is your story?

What is your story? Drop me a line, and maybe photos, at  if you are interested in a story teller clock or perhaps a tower. 

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What is Fretwork?

Fretwork is artwork. It is an intricate design cut out of wood with a scroll saw that has a very fine, thin blade. Each part of the pattern must be drilled into first, then the thin blade is inserted through the drilled  hole. A careful cut is made along the lines of a pre-printed pattern. The saw blade is disengaged, a new hole drilled. A new curve cut.

While some patterns are quite simple and fairly quick to make, take a look at the Cathedral on the right and imagine all the time and work that went into that labour of love!  I hope you will enjoy looking at some of my creations. I can occasionally be found in the Kitchener-Waterloo area at craft and art shows.
I am currently designing wooden train sets that can be customized and personalized for your child- or you!

Check out the Youtube video...

to get an idea of what goes into making even a simple patterned piece of fretwork.

The Cathedral!

Took about 6 months to create. The clock mechanism uses the familiar Westminster chimes, with the full tune at each hour, and each quarter or half hour plays a short tune. Each hour also chimes the time.