Construction: Will’s Clock Tower

As promised, today’s post features my grandson Will’s construction of the Hillsdale Clock Tower, whose clock was stopped by a bolt of lightning at 10:04 PM, that stormy night in 1955.

Photograph: Construction - Will's Clock Tower

Will’s Clock Tower Construction

Below is a photo that details the bell, spire and clock face. Will fashioned the brass bell from the mortar part of an old miniature mortar and pestle set; the spire from a picture-hanging nail. He drew the clock face himself.

Photograph: Construction - Details, Will's Clock Tower

Detail, Will’s Clock Tower

The pendulum (pictured above) was my idea. We used electrical tape to suspend one of the stones that Will painted.

8 thoughts on “Construction: Will’s Clock Tower

      • Well, it is certainly appropriate for building and I’d love to see the act. I remember doing it as part of a game where you held hands up like the bridge with another person, singing, while the other kids ran under it and when the end came whoever was going under the bridge “fell” on them was caught in the lowered hands, and then we sang, take the key and lock Her/him up.. and bounced that person back and forth good and hard swinging our arms. and we all found this just hilarious. Well, enough of that, how did I hijack this comment into a precis of the game? Anyway, loved your whole story.

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        • His act is, I think, a way for him to think out loud. He props up a pillow between two chair and make it ‘fall down’ at the right place in the rhyme. During the verse, ‘build it up with… [sticks and stones], [iron and steel] etc. ‘
          he puts the pillow back up and starts again. I used the verse ‘iron and steel will bend and bow’ as a teaching moment and showed him the famous film clip of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge disaster of 1940. That got his attention.

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  1. Will is going to e a great artist. I hope he will continue to explore all the wonderful things in life.
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