And the winners are…

First and foremost, we’d like to thank all who participated in our spring Create-a-Clock contest. The entries for this contest were especially outstanding, and our team would like to recognize the time and effort that was put into each piece.

With over 80 exceptional entries received, our judges found it difficult to narrow it down to only 3 winners. Congratulations to Tom Heichel, Laz Ojalde, and Joe Wainwright! Please see their winning entries and the honorable mentions below:

Gift of Time – Winner: Tom Heichel

Tom Heichel’s reclaimed barn wood clock was selected as the best of show in the Gift of Time category. Tom told us he was not one to enter contests, but we are glad he did!

tom-h-1As far back as his early school days, clocks have intrigued Tom. He can remember always stopping in his dad’s hardware store on the way home from school, just to look at the Seth Thomas clock hanging on his wall. Today, at 73 years of age, that same clock is proudly displayed on his dining room wall.

In September 2012, Tom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Realizing then, more than ever before, that time is the most precious commodity of all, Tom went into his wood shop to build clocks for his family members and closest friends. All of the clocks have movements, dials and hands furnished by Klockit. These wonderful individuals had given their time and support to Tom, and it didn’t take him long to decide what he wanted to do for them.

Tom made 9 clocks; all are similar but yet unique in their own way. All handcrafted by him, 2 were made from reclaimed wood (barn board), fitting the personalities of those families. His wife’s clock was made from her childhood dresser that had been passed from family member to member and back to them again. They didn’t have a need for the dresser, but she didn’t have the heart to let it go. Tom carefully took it apart, stripped the many coats of paint, and built it into a beautiful clock for her.

Congratulations again to Tom!

Most Unusual Clock – Winner: Laz Ojalde

Laz Ojalde’s Grandpapa and Grandmama clocks were selected as the best of show in the Most Unusual Clock category. Our team was intrigued by Laz’s reinterpretation of the traditional American grandfather and grandmother hall clocks.

laz-1As Laz explained, the clock forms are somewhat anthropomorphic, showing the caring presence of wise caretakers. The Grandmama clock design is characterized by her pink clock hands and outstretched arms, signaling a warm hug. The Grandpapa’s bright orange clock face looks down at all passer bys in a prideful yet tender manner.

Laz’ clocks incorporate human voices reciting poetic stories of times past and nagging words of advice when the built in motion sensors detect movement from a passer by. The custom clock hands are laser cut from clear acrylic with an enamel-painted finish. The clocks use the Klockit “C” cell-powered quartz clock movements.

Congratulations again to Laz!

Master Clock Builder – Winner: Joe Wainwright

Joe Wainwright’s Cuckoo clock was selected as the best of show in the Master Clock Builder category.This was the first clock Joe ever built, and it was not from a kit!

jow-wHe spent many hours designing each of the carvings and then had his CNC machine cutout each part along with the housing.  After designing the clock, Joe was not completely sure the works were going to fit into the housing, but they did after a few small adjustments.  It took about 40 hours of designing and an additional 20 hours to cut, assemble, and finish this clock.

Joe’s Cuckoo clock is made of walnut wood and stained with a General Finishes Spiced walnut dark finish to represent a Black Forest clock.  The clock body is roughly 17 inches tall by approximately 12 inches wide and 5 inches deep.

Congratulations again to Joe!

Honorable Mention Clocks

As always, our contest judges were amazed by ALL of the entries – not just the winners. Take a look at the Honorable Mention clocks below!


Clock Contest Winners

A big shout out to all who participated in our May 2013 Create-A-Clock contest. Klockit is truly blessed to have such talented customers. Please help us improve the contest for next time by taking this short survey.

So to thank you all for taking the time to participate, we will be sending ALL participants who did not place in the contest a discount code for their next order! If you didn’t submit your clock via email or a private Facebook message, please send an email to Rachel ( with the subject line ‘Klockit Contest’ to get your discount code. Or leave your email address in a comment to this post below.

Just a reminder, this contest was based on three factors: creativity, design, and story. I’ll be honest and tell you that our panel of judges had a hard time judging the submissions. But, they were able to narrow them down to three very impressive submissions. So without further ado, here are the winners!

1st Place: ‘Bad Boy Bike’

Mark Royall is the big winner! All of his work is created from recycled bicycle parts. This creation is his most impressive piece we’ve seen so far. Check out that detail!

bad boy bike

2nd Place: ‘Whimsical Vintage Phone Clock’

Ken Hayden transformed a vintage telephone into a beautiful clock. Since a telephone dial only has 10 finger holes, he fabricated a new dial from a black acrylic fruit platter, and hand-lettered the new numbers and letters.


3rd Place: ‘Walnut Mantel Clock’

Kevin Smith made this mantel clock for his daughter and son-in-law’s wedding. He wanted to make something special – something that would last a lifetime. This was Kevin’s first venture into clock-making!

Honorable Mention:

Here are the honorable runner-ups!