1. Will these tide clocks work in my location?
Tidepieces tide clocks, like all tide clocks, work best anywhere there are two regular high and low tides each day. That covers a lot of territory around the world! Users on the Atlantic Coast need only set the clock once, after which it will run reliably with little or no adjustment. Users on the Pacific Coast will need to adjust the clock occasionally, depending on the local tide cycle. No tide clocks will work reliably for locations on the Gulf of Mexico (working on that!).
2. Does the tide clock need to be near the water?
Nope. You set the clock according to whatever location you wish to measure. It can be where you are, or where you wish you were! One Tidepieces client hangs his clock in his office in Arkansas and has it set to monitor the tide at his house in North Carolina!
3. How do these clocks work?
The tides change regularly in most locations. The time from one tide to the next is typically six hours, twelve and a half minutes. This is the same as the timing of the orbit of the Moon around the Earth, which makes sense inasmuch as the Moon is the primary driving force behind the tide. Tidepieces clock movements are specially built to follow this tidal day, as opposed to a normal 24-hour day.
You can learn more about the science behind the tides on the About the Tides page.
4. How does the "water" in the clock move?
5. How long will the battery last?
Tidepieces tide clocks run on a single AA battery. Typically, a fresh, high-quality alkaline battery will run the clock for about a year. If you can't remember to change it yearly, just change it when you do your smoke detectors. You do your smoke detectors, right?
6. Can I have a custom image used in the clock?
Yes! Clients have ordered clocks that show their homes, boats, favorite lighthouses, kids, dogs, etc. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll take it from there!
6. Do you do all the paintings?
All original paintings for Tidepieces clocks are now done by talented watercolorist Ian Winick.