Durum Tempus Hardwood Clocks

Good things take time.

Occupying that tenuous space between fine art and the everyday, functional art refers to aesthetic objects that serve utilitarian purposes.
— Alex Allenchey - Artspace
Blank clock panels waiting to be cut. 

Blank clock panels waiting to be cut. 

Cora, the shop supervisor, takes a break from supervising.

Cora, the shop supervisor, takes a break from supervising.

Durum Tempus, we make sawdust here. 

Durum Tempus, we make sawdust here. 

The Idea

It all started because my husband makes solid hardwood furniture. I was in a local shop one day and saw a clock on the wall that looked like it was made of wood, although I'm fairly sure it was plastic. I arrived home that day to brainstorm with my husband whether the short pieces left over from his tables could be used to make wood wall clocks, and right there the business was born. We found a movement supplier, made the first clock for my sister-in-law and the rest is history. Our first year not only met, but far exceeded our expectations and we are still growing.

Style & Quality

Without realizing it I gravitated toward a body of work that is inspired mostly by the natural world. Trees, celestial bodies and birds are a recurring theme; the Tree of Life on Birds Eye Maple is hard to keep in stock, Birds on a Wire is a popular request and my favorite clock, Earth. Moon. Stars. speaks to me in a way few other designs can compare. Every clock is backed by a guarantee of quality, the movement is a simple battery operation and comes with a 10 year guarantee. We insist on a high level of craftsmanship and accept nothing less than the best for your clock. 

 

 

Who Am I?

Durum Tempus literally means Hard Time in Latin and that is exactly what you would own as a piece of functional art. These hardwood clocks were created in Maine, often even the tree they're made from grew here. It is entirely unique and designed by me, Tamzin Higgins, a Canadian immigrant who married into the hardwood business. My husband Keven taught me everything I know about woodworking and my hope is that for years to come this "functional art" will keep you on time and add simple, natural beauty to your home.