Bio

Gary hard at work in his workshopGary was born and raised in the Mojave Desert, where from an early age, he developed a fascination with figuring out how things worked.

After spending much time during his childhood taking things apart and putting them back together (with mixed results), Gary focused and excelled in shop classes through high school, and was honored with the Bank of America Outstanding Achievement Award in Industrial Arts. At 19, he built a Ford Model T hot rod from scratch.

His projects evolved over time in terms of detail and complexity, as he added to his collection of tools (a collection which still continues to grow). Making his own Christmas gifts for many years helped build his woodworking skill set.

He built his first clock 18 years ago, a project that took 3 years to perfect & still evolves today.

Gary's third clock won Best of Show in the Alameda County Fair, and his fourth clock took the same award at the California State Fair in 1994.

As interest grew in Gary's creations, people took note and he was invited to display his work in high-end galleries in such places as Carmel & Half Moon Bay, CA.

At the beginning of 2008, Gary has built a total of 49 clocks, some of which are owned and displayed across the country and as far away as Japan & South Korea.

Gary currently lives in the town of Coarsegold, in the Yosemite Sierra region of California.
Gary's workshop
Custom Wood Clocks & Woodworking by Gary Johnson
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