Valerii Danevych is a carpenter from Kiev, Ukraine. He comes from a family of cabinet-makers that have been crafting wood for generations. A highly skilled artisan, Danevych did not feel challenged anymore and began to explore how to build mechanical/moving items completely out of wood.
It wasn’t until 2005 that Valerii began to research watchmaking. Three years later, he completed his first functional wooden pocket watch. Since then he has completed a series of functional wooden wristwatches, wall clocks (with pendulums) and table clocks. All are made entirely out of wood with the sole exception of a metal spring needed to propel movement.
Below you will find four of Valerii’s incredible wooden watches. There are many more examples on his official website (danevych.com) as well.
Type: Wooden wristwatch with flying tourbillon and retrograde function
Build time: 1800 hours over 7 month period
Components: 188 with 154 moving pieces
Dimensions: 36 x 13 mm (movement), 46 x 18 mm (case)
Materials: Canker of apple-tree, plum-tree, walnut and birch, wood from Australian Guaiacum, Crimea box, bamboo, African Bubinga
Type: Pocket watch
Built time: handmade and manufactured within 7 month in 2010
Dimensions: 45 х 13 mm (movement), 58 х 21 mm (case)
Materials: canker of hornbeam and birch, bamboo
Type: Ladies wooden wristwatch with flying tourbillon
Build time: Handmade and manufactured within 8 month
Components: 126 total with 98 moving parts
Dimensions: 31 х 10 mm (movement), 41 х 14 mm (case)
Materials: canker of apple-tree and birch, wood from Australian Guaiacum, Crimea box, bamboo, canker of birch, mother-of-pearl
Mirror of Forest
Type: Table clock with pendulum and key wind
Build time: one month in 2012
Components: 80 total (66 moving)
Dimensions: 82 х 55 х 30 mm (movement), 235 x 120 mm (total)
Materials: Canker of birch, apple, apricot, wood from Crimea-juniper, Guajak, Bamboo
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