Bernie Rohde makes clocks. That’s nothing special to be honest, in the last hundred years or so clock making has gone from being a master level skill, to something overlooked and simple. Sure, the science of time keeping has advanced greatly over the years, they even decided to add a leap second to the day for some unnecessary reason this evening, probably breaking much of the internet in the process, but making clocks, that’s not that hard anymore, mostly because it can be so forgiving because we have so many other things that we rely on for the accurate time.
Well, Rohde’s clocks are something different. He started out life as a TV repairman. Except, in the last decade, TVs have gotten much less repairable, and more consumable. So his line of work dried up as more and more of the relics from the 70s and 80s were replaced. He still had many of the various electronic pieces used in the TVs transistors, resistors, capacitors, all the important things. He decided to use those various electronic pieces to make clocks.
A circular grid of LEDs makes up the face of the clock, then a circuit of these simple resistors, and transistors, and capacitors keeps the time and illuminates the LEDs as the hands of the clock face. He does all of this by hand, for truly unique, one of a kind art pieces. No two are alike, but each one is made of the same guts.
I like this blue & green clock below, with the see through face. But I also like the one above that just takes you back to the 1960s when computers were this complicated and scary and also full of wonder.