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MORA CLOCK CONSTRUCTION

Most 1800s mora clocks were made either by individual craftsmen or cooperatives from local pine.

The back panel would generally run the full height of the clock made up from pine planks glued together and the sides would be bent into place to create the wonderful curvaceous shape that mora clocks are renowned for.

The door on the body front was either hinged or in the case of country clocks held in place by 2 small wooden pins and may or may not have contained a glass window.

The bentwood hood usually had a hinged ring containing the glass but occasionally we do so the glass face set striaght into the wood of the hood. The hood itself often had ornamentation on the top and sometimes even side glass so you can see the inner workings of the mechanism.

The bottom plinth panel woul dbe glued or pinned to the front and sides at the bottom of the clock and the waist skirting and also the skirt detail under the edge of the hood would also be pinned in place - so NEVER lift a mora clock by any of its skirts!

The pine was usually painted or wood stained but very rarely we see a mora clock constructed from other woods including oak and birch. The most unusual clock we ever had was one where the body was a one piece log that had been hollowed out so you could see the curve of the wood inside and the adz marks from where it was hollowed out.