I think I got the clock bug after repairing my mom's electric Seth Thomas clock last month. So, I'm considering making a wood clock since I'm much more adept at woodworking versus metalworking. Plus, I think they're cool. A few questions first. 1. Should I make it from a kit or try to go for it from scratch? I think I could handle from scratch if I get more info on basics. Books on clock design that someone could recommend? 2. Do the wood arbors rotate in wood plates? Or, is there steel or brass pivots in wood plates? 3. Can a wood clock with a pendulum last 7-8 days between winding? It seems the kits require winding every day. I did see a kit with a harmonic oscillator movement that required only weekly winding. 4. How about using ball bearings instead to reduce friction? Is that why wood clocks don't run very long or is the inertia of the much heavier wood gears? 5. I don't want to start another war, but should I use Involute or Cycloid gears? Is it different from brass gears or wood ones? 6. I prefer a free standing "grandfather" type clock, not a wall mounted one. Most kits seem to be wall mounted. I guess I could mount a wall kit in a frame, right? 7. Can I expect accuracy of less than a minute a day? Thanks for all input.