Steampunk “Water Thief” Clock

Dick Bipes has been making geared clocks with his CarveWright CNC Systems for years now. Several of his designs have even won contests for their creativity and excellent craftsmanship. His latest is this steampunk clepsydra (“water thief”) clock. It works by steadily filling a chamber with water, and then a siphon periodically drains it. This action moves a float up and down moving the geared clock mechanism.

This project has already been featured by the editors at and is submitted to their “Multi-Discipline” contest. VOTE FOR IT

See his step-by-step building instructions on

You can check out more of Dick’s work in the customer spotlight article we did on him last year.

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