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Most designers love putting materials together. For Roger Wood, the "fun part" of crafting his steampunk clocks is when he gets to pull things apart.

Wood, who lives in Hamilton, spends countless hours scouring junk sales, flea markets and online auctions for the old and unloved. He then dismantles the objects – broken movie projectors, say, or vintage vacuum cleaners – and sorts the components into boxes (he currently has around 1,000 containers of flotsam and jetsam, amassed over the past few decades).

Whatever he likes best gets turned into timepieces. No two are the same, and they can take between a few days to a few weeks to perfect. But each one has a similar, spectral quality. They echo our pre-digital, industrial past and an era when machinery was artful as well as utilitarian.

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