All15Designs

Modern Wall Clocks, Desk Clocks, and Thermometers

Tucson, Arizona · 2864 Sales

All15Designs

Modern Wall Clocks, Desk Clocks, and Thermometers

Tucson, Arizona 2864 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(634)

Shop owner

Scott

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5 out of 5 stars
(634)
fdfinancial2

fdfinancial2 on May 21, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

If you're going to buy a clock, get this upgrade. Totally worth it.

fdfinancial2

fdfinancial2 on May 21, 2018

5 out of 5 stars

Adds a lot of artistic pizzazz to an otherwise grey wall we have in our house! A nice conversation piece, the silent option is definitely worth the extra $10! Very happy with the purchase!

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About

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I started my business in 2009 while working for a local architecture firm. As a result of the economic downturn, my hours were scaled back and I suddenly had a lot of extra time on my hands. I have never been the type of person who handles boredom well so I looked for other things to occupy my time. My wife had recently launched a jewelry business on Etsy so I decided to browse the site for inspiration. I don't remember how I settled on clocks but I knew very quickly that nobody was making them the way I would.

I spent the entire summer of 2009 sketching my ideas, researching materials, and looking for cheap hardware resources. I launched my shop in August of that year with four designs: three clocks and a thermometer (which can still be purchased today). Many of my other early designs were made out of found items from local thrift stores, yard sales, and scrap yards. Over the next few years, I grew my business by constantly developing new ideas. Some ideas worked, others did not. The current content of my shop represents about 20% of the ideas I have sketched. Everything else is either too complex, too expensive, or simply needs more thought to be realized.

Everything I make is something I would use in my own home and I think that's a very important aspect of my business. I design for me and I'm very grateful other people like it too. It starts with looking at something and wondering how I would build it differently. Outside of clocks, I have also made tables, chairs, light fixtures, bookshelves, display cases, and other housewares simple because I didn't like the other versions of the products out there.

The best lessons I can give to anyone starting their own business are to learn from strife and constantly evaluate. There were no less than a dozen occasions in my first year where I almost gave up entirely on the business. This is where I give the most credit to my wife for forcing me to stick with it. As much as I hate going through difficult times, they are often the most educational. I am very grateful for the success of my business and I hope to continue making useful products for a very long time.

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  • Scott

    Owner, Designer

    My background is in architecture and building design but I have been making clocks and other housewares for about 10 years. I have always been a fan of modern industrial design so I tend to sway my own projects in that direction.

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  • The Metal Man

    Tucson, AZ

    The Metal Man has been in business since 1975, currently with ten employees in a 10,000 square foot facility in Tucson, Arizona. The company specializes in CNC precision laser metal cutting, punching, forming, welding and metal fab

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Last updated on Jun 18, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Do the clocks tick or can they be made silent?

All of my clocks can be made with a silent mechanism. Within each listing there is either a drop down menu or a link to a silent mechanism.

What is the warranty on your clocks and thermometers?

I guarantee the functionality of the hands and mechanism for 1 year from the purchase date. After that point, I offer replacement parts at the same cost to me.