Introduction

The Award winning 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.

If you want a clock commissioned for yourself, or for corporate use - please do drop me a line or message me via the contact page.


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 Bombe. A giant Kinetic Nixie clock, built as a replica of Alan Turing's Bombe at Bletchley Park, used during WWII to help British cryptologists decipher Enigma Machine encrypted messages.

The rather beautiful 'Amidala-One' Nixie clock. Polished Stainless Steel and more features than you could ever use, features the legendary IN-18 Nixies tubes. More on the Contemporary clocks page.

New into the workshop, a small run of 10 of these converted and upcycled old Bakelite Ammeters. Click on the image to take you to the Test Equipment clocks page for further details.


NEWS - Latest at the Top -

Featured in the Derby Makers Project - Many thanks to Dan for the Write up here Some Superb photography too!

Proudly accepted into the Crafts Council UK directory Here's my Entry

Joint 2nd Place in the 2016 International Arts & Crafts Design awards! here

Lovely write up on Dornob here Thank you to Elieen O'Sullivan for taking the time to do so.

The Bombe clock is coming soon.. Kinetic art, Nixietubes and History all in one here

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

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

Lovely write up on the Gemini clock here

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



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Last Updated 22nd March 2017

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