I had the urge to try my hand again at a Realistic Drawing like the drum I did last year, particularly after I ran across a turtorial where this young lady created a complete drum set in 3/4 less time, then I could make one drum. Now in retro-spec I wish I had book marked that tut for AI. The wife and I were visting at one our sons house, he likes woodworking, when he showed me some exotic wood blanks (Red Palm, Birdseye Maple and others) an elder gentleman had given him, who used to work as a craftsman and who told him "See what you can do with them and maybe I give you some more". Now that can be tough one, creating something that will please a master craftsman. The detail and the free flowing design of the grain intrigued me. Since our son makes plaques and mantel clocks like this one... I told him that I would put down some ideas as to how things might look. Here is what I came up with. I was thinking the base could incorporate a small drawer, whitout wasting to much wood. Not to bad, could use a few more refinements but over all he was able to increase his visualization of what the wood would look like as a mantel clock (not that he can't as he is an artist, woodworking, drawings, paintings - took after his mother). here was my first fast attempt.