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Delta throwback: Time is not money

The school received hundreds of calls from people asking if any of the units were available for sale
Jack Anderson shows his students how to fit a face onto a grandfather clock.

Let’s head back to June 1974 when Burnsview Junior Secondary School had been inundated with calls after the public became aware of what was happening in the school’s woodwork room.

Since January that year, woodwork students had been making grandfather clocks. Once the public became aware of the projects, literally hundreds of people called inquiring if they were for sale.

“It’s just unbelievable,” said woodwork teacher Jack Anderson. Needless to say, we are not selling the clocks. The kids want to keep them.”

Anderson said the clocks were valued at around $600.

It took about three months for each clock to be made.

Anderson added that with so many kids expressed interest in enrolling in woodworking for September, they would have to start building smaller clocks.