All15Designs

Modern Wall Clocks, Desk Clocks, and Thermometers

Arizona, United States · 2227 Sales

All15Designs

Modern Wall Clocks, Desk Clocks, and Thermometers

Arizona, United States 2227 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Scott

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Announcement   Every clock in my shop can be made with a silent mechanism. Simply use the drop down menu at checkout or the "Make it Silent" link within the listing.

I will be on vacation from August 26th to September 4th. My shop will stay open but any order placed between now and September 4th may not be delivered until after I return.

Copyright © 2009-2016 ALL 15 Designs. All Rights Reserved

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Last updated on Aug 23, 2016

Every clock in my shop can be made with a silent mechanism. Simply use the drop down menu at checkout or the "Make it Silent" link within the listing.

I will be on vacation from August 26th to September 4th. My shop will stay open but any order placed between now and September 4th may not be delivered until after I return.

Copyright © 2009-2016 ALL 15 Designs. All Rights Reserved

Scott

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I must be the only person in Tucson who's happy it's 105 degrees right now. It's a great day to rust clocks.
An old friend is back. For the first time in 3 years, I am selling the striped bamboo clocks (my original design plus one new one).
I recently finished some new designs. There will be several more as the summer goes on.
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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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