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Lititz, Pennsylvania: Clock Made of 50,000 Pieces of Wood

Rudolph Carpenter, who was not a carpenter, completed this wood-devouring grandfather clock in 1921.

Lititz Historical Foundation Museum

145 E. Main St., Lititz, PA
Lititz Historical Foundation Museum. East side of downtown, on the north side of Hwy 772/E. Main St. at its intersection with Church Ave.
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Clock Made of 50,000 Pieces of Wood.

Clock Made of 50,000 Pieces of Wood

These clocks celebrated their 100th birthday last year and they gave out free post cards of the clocks. They are so amazing and intricate in person. They stand only a few inches from the ceiling. It was a fun, amazing stop after taking the Julius Sturgis Pretzel tour (also R. A.).

[EC, 10/07/2022]


Clock Made of 50,000 Pieces of Wood

The clock's inner workings are also made mostly of wood.

[Jeff Foushee, 05/06/2019]

Wood clock.

Clock made of 50,000 Pieces of Wood

Inside the Lititz Historical Foundation Museum is a clock made of 50,000 individual pieces of wood. Completed in 1921 by resident Rudolph Carpenter, it took about a year to make. It was featured in a 1921 issue of Popular Mechanics. In the same museum is a second "smaller" clock made by the same person of 30,000 pieces of wood.

[Cory Van Brookhoven, 02/14/2017]

Not only the outside of the clock, but all of its inner works and gears are made of wood. Paradoxically, Mr. Carpenter was a stone mason.

Nearby Offbeat Places

Julius Sturgis Pretzel BakeryJulius Sturgis Pretzel Bakery, Lititz, PA - < 1 mi.
Wolf Sanctuary of PAWolf Sanctuary of PA, Lititz, PA - 4 mi.
Street Piano Capital of the WorldStreet Piano Capital of the World, Lancaster, PA - 8 mi.
In the region:
Indian Echo Caverns, Hummelstown, PA - 23 mi.

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