The Bramwell Brown Workshop: masters of making by hand
Every Bramwell Brown clock is assembled with care and pride by the extremely skilled team at our workshop in Hampshire. Take a glimpse behind the scenes in our video above.
The workshop is an appealing mix of space-age, dust-free, anti-static wizardry and good old-fashioned handmade dexterity. The team will work on a batch at a time – then test each clock extensively before sending it out.
The parts arrive from all over the world: the quartz clock mechanism is made in Germany; the frames are painted in Yorkshire. Whichever team member painstakingly assembles these parts together to create each finished clock, personally signs or stamps a certificate that goes into its box.
The one rule that keeps the team together? No radio: it causes far too many arguments. And they are surrounded by our clocks, so if anyone can vouch for the absence of any ticking, it’s them!
The founders: a brother and sister team
Who’s behind Bramwell Brown? That’d be us: Rob and Sarah. We’re brother and sister, London-based but proud of our Lancashire roots.
We trace our love of curious mechanical objects back to childhood – to Sunday afternoons, when dad would stand in the hall to wind the grandfather clock, then tap on the barometer to see what the weather might be up to that day.
Old clock mechanics and curious analogue time-pieces have a peculiar charm. At the heart of Bramwell Brown is a fascination with spinning cogs and whizzing parts.
It began at the kitchen table
We looked everywhere for a mechanical barometer in an appealing design – but couldn’t find one, anywhere.
So we decided to design one ourselves: at the kitchen table, surrounded by card, split pins and Sellotape, building what was a very basic initial prototype.
Far more technical prototypes ensued, once we’d found some expert engineering help. We refined and refined and refined again over the course of two years, and eventually we had the first Mechanimated Clock, which we launched in 2015.