Introduction

The Award winning Bad Dog Designs workshops are located inside converted stables 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.


New for 2018 - The Henry clock, a lovely little Steampunk clock you can buy as a complete item or have the experience of making it yourself at the workshop. Click picture for further details.

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 'ARRAY' an 18 channel Audio spectrum analyser using original IN-13 Nixie tubes and acres of brass and mahogany. Simply memorizing to watch.

This is me Paul, the man behind the clocks that you see on the site. If you want to know a little more about Bad Dog Designs and myself then click my pic and have a little read through.


NEWS - Latest at the Top -

New Website under development.. Will incorporate a shop and work better on mobile devices!

BDD joining the Team of Artisans for BBC1's Money For Nothing Program here. Broadcast Autumn 2018

Another batch of the popular Avo-8 Nixie Clock conversions on the way!

Very proud to be a founder member of the Guild of Makers Find out more here

2018 sees me as a full time Nixie Clock maker, finished the day job end of December!

Very neat Hi-Fi Audio Spectrum Analysers on the way in 2018 - Development one running here

See and Buy Exclusive Bad Dog Designs Clocks in Derby at Upcycled Creative here

BDD now at Units 32 & 22 Pillaton Hall Farm, Penkridge, Staffs. ST19 5RZ We've Outgrown the last unit!

Delighted to have been asked on as a Guest for series 4 of Crafty Beggars here.Broadcast June 2017 :)

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.

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!

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 7th June 2018

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