Unique And Individual Nixie Tube Clocks

Unique And Individual Nixie Tube Clocks & Creations

The Award winning Bad Dog Designs workshops are located inside converted stables in Pillaton - Staffordshire, where I create unique and individual things with vintage Nixie tubes. There are plenty of stock items, but the majority of work is commissioned. Have a look through the products, or at the commissions for inspiration for your own individual piece, and then hit the Starting Points page to see what I can turn into something for you!

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Unique And Individual Nixie Tube Clocks

Unique And Individual Nixie Tube Clocks & Creations

The Award winning Bad Dog Designs workshops are located inside converted stables in Pillaton - Staffordshire, where I create unique and individual things with vintage Nixie tubes. There are plenty of stock items, but the majority of work is commissioned. Have a look through the products, or at the commissions for inspiration for your own individual piece, and then hit the Starting Points page to see what I can turn into something for you!

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Unique And Individual Nixie Tube Clocks & Creations

The Award winning Bad Dog Designs workshops are located inside converted stables in Pillaton - Staffordshire, where I create unique and individual things with vintage Nixie tubes. There are plenty of stock items, but the majority of work is commissioned. Have a look through the products, or at the commissions for inspiration for your own individual piece, and then hit the Starting Points page to see what I can turn into something for you!

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Every clock or item is handmade and is more a piece of art than a timepiece. By their very nature, these devices are individually constructed from original vintage items and/or recycled equipment.

If you wish to commission one of these creations for personal or corporate use, please drop me a line or give me a call.

Steampunk and Antique Clocks

The Steampunk clocks are beautiful pieces, made from lovely old wooden boxes / cases and have intricate detailing, some with moving parts and each one is totally unique.

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Other Nixie Items

As well as Nixie Clocks, I make other nixie items - thermometers and the Array for example.

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Contemporary Clocks

These clocks are all made from new materials, including laser-cut stainless steel, wood, and anything that looks nice (as a rule, I typically don't use plastic).

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Nixie Clock modules

A range of pre assembled and tested Nixie clock electronics, with tubes that you can build into your own casings.

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BLOTT WORKS

Some wonderful BLOTT WORKS pieces to light up your life and bring a touch of craftsmanship to your house

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Neon Dudes

Neon Dudes are little sculptures made from redundant electronic components, designed to make you smile!

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Test Equipment Clocks

These clocks are all made from pieces of vintage1950s (and later) test equipment. The look of the piece is retained with the addition of a Nixie clock if the original item did not have a Nixie display.

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Gift Vouchers

Why not give someone a Gift Voucher, redeemable towards a commissioned piece, a stock item or even a Nixie Clock making course.

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Affiliate Products

Here you will find some wonderful creations by fellow artisans and makers.

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Nixie Clock building course

Build your own Nixie Clock at the Bad Dog Designs Workshop in Staffordshire!

 

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BAD DOG DESIGNS

The award-winning Bad Dog Designs workshops are located inside converted stables in Pillaton, Staffordshire, England, where I create unique and individual clocks from vintage Nixie tubes, hand-crafted tubes, and other unique pieces of equipment that I discover on my travels or have lurking in the workshop (feel free to take a virtual tour  around the workshop to see if anything catches your fancy - just click on the starting points tab at the top).

Nixie tubes were popular in the 1950s and 1960s and they were used in many electronic gadgets of the time, from petrol pumps to military equipment. Long since out of production, each of my clocks clock is constructed from salvaged tubes or from uncovered old stock that was lost in warehouses. In rare cases, I use new custom-made tubes that are handcrafted for me by master craftsman Dalibor Farny in the Czech Republic.

Nixie 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 and is more a piece of art than a timepiece.By their very nature, these devices are individually constructed from original vintage items and/or recycled equipment.Inside, however, the latest microprocessor technology from PV Electronics is used to drive these long-forgotten components.

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Testimonial

Paul and Bad Dog Design have been part of my life for a about six months now. After poring over his old website for many days I finally made contact. We started off with me buying the last Grace clock as a present for my wife.. Then we moved on and spent some time talking about designs and options for various projects. Paul is very collaborative and made sure I was happy with design features, and he listened when I made the odd suggestion. The result is The Bridge, Excalibur Mk III, and the Lambent Harp. Throughout the builds I was kept informed of progress, by email and images. I’m a little biased but think that these projects are amongst his best. They arrived well packaged and have been a joy to us, and have been well received by those fortunate enough to have seen them. Paul thinks laterally which is why he keeps coming up with new and interesting pieces of art. The build quality is first class, and I’m sure our kids will be enjoying these pieces long after we’ve gone. I can thoroughly recommend Bad Dog, and am spreading the word in Perth Western Australia.

Allan Barber

I wouldn’t change a thing about this clock, the depth of the display and richness of colour with the lighting effects is spot-on. I have it scrolling through the ‘slots’ mode every minute and the date display too so I get animation 60 times an hour. It makes me feel like I’m either in a nuclear bunker, about to engage time travel or waiting to be found at the bottom of the hatch in ‘Lost’! There are so many setup options available on this clock that there is no excuse to dislike anything at all about the clocks operation. I love the fact that this classic old counter has been given new purpose and a new lease of life. Overall, this clock is absolutely superb, I couldn’t be happier.

Andy Shepherd

I found Paul and Bad Dog Designs by accident and, after visiting his website several times, commissioned a clock using a vintage Bush Radio as the case. In all of my dealings with Paul, he has been professional, prompt in replying to email queries and phone calls, and always willing to offer advice and suggestions, thereby making this project a truly collaborative exercise. This was a great comfort to me as I live in Melbourne, Australia. My clock arrived several days ago, and Paul's instructions regarding setting up the device, along with the sound system that goes with it, were very clear and concise, making it a doddle to get the system up and running. This clock exceeds my expectations in every way. It has truly been a pleasure to deal with Paul, and I appreciate the time and effort he took to transform my idea into a wonderful reality. If you are contemplating commissioning a clock of your own, I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Paul and Bad Dog Designs.

Anthony Simmons

Dear Paul I feel very fortunate to have stumbled upon your website as I embarked on finding a new clock for my stereo listening room a few months ago. I was looking for something functional, yet out of the ordinary, and I couldn't be happier with the fabulous finished product that you created for me. The entire design and build process was seamless and very engaging - working with you via email from Toronto and receiving periodic updates from you with pictures that showed the progress of the project was always exciting and made me feel like I was very much a part of the overall process. I must tell you that everyone that enters our home is completely drawn in and mesmerised by this very unique and exceptional piece of work. It’s absolutely stunning and I could not have asked for more.

Doug Collitz

After coming across another of Paul's clocks on eBay, I found his website and decided to take the plunge and order a custom clock. Paul has been outstanding to deal with from start to finish and nothing seems to be too much trouble. He was always available to answer questions, consider new ideas and refinements. The clock itself is nothing short of fantastic, both my wife and I literally stop and watch it when we walk into the room. This isn't the last clock I'll be buying from him!

Gary Coulthard

Oh my !! Finding Paul and his work have proven to be a true revelation, his passion for his art is unmatched. He has to date sold me a stock item or 2 and has happily embarked on a couple of bespoke projects for me to match my own quirky desires, without disappointment. He and his family are a pleasure to deal with and nothing seems to be an issue. Pragmatic, inventive and accommodating sees me going back for more.

Ray M

Dealing with Paul is an absolute pleasure and he endeavours to make the experience a true collaboration to ensure that any design details you can dream up are incorporated to produce a unique item bespoke to you. Any queries are met with fully detailed replies easy to understand in layman's terms and often accompanied by the relevant pictures. I have no hesitation in recommending Bad Dog Designs at all, I am thrilled with my 1st "Atomic" Nixie clock and Paul's workmanship is obviously a matter of pride to him, a fact that shines through in the finished work of art.

Simon Dentith

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