Introduction

The Bad Dog Designs workshop is located inside a converted stable in Pillaton - Staffordshire, where I aim to create unique and individual clocks from original vintage Nixie tubes, and other original bits of equipment that I can find, or have lurking in the garage here if you want to have a virtual Nose!

Nixie tubes were once popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s and used in many electronic gadgets of the time, from petrol pumps to military equipment. Long since out of production, each clock is made from salvaged tubes or from uncovered old stock lost in warehouses. The tubes have a distinctive orange glow and real depth of movement as each digit is stacked behind the other within the tube. Every clock is handmade, more a piece of art than a timepiece – by their very nature they are individually constructed from recycled equipment, or original vintage items. Inside however, the latest microprocessor technology from PV Electronics is used to drive these long forgotten tubes.

I enjoy making clocks as my hobby either for general sale, or directly for the end user as a commissioned piece. If you want one then feel free to get in touch.


The 'Gemini In Tempore' clock. A full on Steampunk creation! The steam engine runs and the clock vents steam from the chimney on the side. It is a Dual time zone clock and truly unique.

The Very popular Tempus et Thermo, a combination of time and temperature displayed on original Nixie tubes encased in a wonderfully detailed Steampunk housing!

Turing Nixie clocks, inspired by the work of Alan Turing at Blechley Park during WWII. Design cues taken from the Turing Bombe used to decode the Enigma machine.

Many unusual and interesting projects in development. This is a replica of the Turing Bombe, used to decode the Enigma machine during WWII. Click the image to go to the Pipeline page.


NEWS - Latest at the Top -

BDD now a Nominee for the International 2016 Arts & Crafts Design Award! here - Wish me Luck!

BDD part of the BBC's 'Get Creative' event here to be included in the forthcoming 'Britain on the Make' TV program.

Thrilled to be a featured Designer Maker in Reclaim Magazine ! here

Great piece on the BBC when Cameras came into the workshop - Watch it here. Even Max the Dog gets a look in!

I've outgrown the spare bedroom..! BDD has now moved into a converted stable of all things!

Live TV interview on Big Centre TV - Watch it here talking about the clocks and how they came about

Free promotional E-Book, lots of nice pictures and my usual explanations! Here

Great article in the Express & Star, written by Joe Edwards Click here to see Video of the clocks running

Bad Dog Designs Wins a Theo Paphitis #SBS award! Profile Entry

Bad Dog Designs at Liberty's Open Call event 2016!

On Preloved.co.uk's Upcycling Blog here Explaining a bit more about my clocks

Submit your own clocks page opened - share your work with the world! - Email in your pictures if you wish!

Made an appearance on Rapid Electronics Customer profile page! here

Godfrey clock featured in 'Stuff' Magazine's October issue

Lovely write up on the Gemini clock here

Pricing / costs page now up on the site here should you wish to buy a clock

Starting Points page updated with lots of new Items here should you wish to have a look

Write up of the Solar Power Monitor construction here to see how it was put together

Collaboration with Dalibor Farny watch out for large copper Nixie tubes

Godfrey III and Gordon VI To appear in the Xmas Special on Sky 1 this year! Fungus the Bogeyman

If you want any pictures off the site, they are all on Flikr Here

Bad Dog Designs T-shirts!!! take a peek at the pipeline page here



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Last Updated 1st September 2016

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