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H.W.Dirks

I was born in the Netherlands in 1956. As a young lad, I would cut out figurines from timber or plywood, anything I could get my hands on. I used to sit at my mum’s kitchen table and used a simple manual fretsaw, often cutting into the table by mistake. For various reasons I became a qualified toolmaker, not a carpenter or cabinetmaker as I had hoped.

I started collecting clocks in my teenage years. As my collection grew, so did my knowledge of mechanical movements.

Moving to Pemberton 16 years ago gave me the opportunity to start making Intarsia. This is an old woodcraft using different timbers and thicknesses of timbers to create a three dimensional effect. All the pieces I make have an Australian theme and are made from mainly local timbers.

Making my own clocks was naturally the next step. I am making a variety of quality, solid timber clocks with quality, mechanical movements. These potential family heirlooms might one day become the antiques of tomorrow.

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