The time is now for a talented Matlock clock maker who has been attracting attention for his unique wooden timepieces.
Craftsman Bruce Aitken moved to Matlock around 15 years ago and opened a workshop and studio at the Old Tram Depot, in Rutland Street, producing contemporary pendulum clocks.
The former design and technology teacher said: “I knew for a long time I wanted to work with crafts and make things from scratch.
“I visited craft shows to see what was around and gradually came to realise that I was going to have to do something brand new, something no one had seen before and carve out a niche of my own.”
Bruce’s clocks, made largely of hardwork, cost £3,000 each but are designed to last a life time and customers can request a specific design, shape or wood.
The intricate visible workings of the clock are on show giving them a distinctive look which Bruce says is suited to a modern or traditional setting.
In May Bruce will be opening his workshop to the public as part of Derbyshire Open Arts festival while in July he will be at the Art in Action event in Oxford – an annual celebration for artists to demonstrate their crafts.
The clocks have also been exhibited at many craft events across the country including The London Craft Fair and Wirksworth Festival.
Bruce, originally from High Wickham, said: “The response at craft shows has been terrific. I’ve had people stand in front of the clocks and burst out laughing and other people have got teary eyed.
“I think a lot of people have an unhealthy relationship with clocks. We glance at a clock when we are running late. I want to invite people to look at time passing in a different way.”
He added: “I think it is wonderful what is going on in this area. There are lots of people living and working here making a living out of arts and crafts.”
Bruce thanked the Hopkinson family at Matlock Green Garage, who own the Old Tram Depot, for their support and paid tribute to Joseph Hopkinson, who died last August.
He added: “They are a wonderful hard-working family and Joe is still very sadly missed in this area.”
For more information visit www.bruceaitken-clockmaker.co.uk