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barking up a tree clock

by Don Gidley and Sue Parke
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  • the story

Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A whimsical look at the animal kingdom's hierarchy, the Dog Tree by Don Gidley and Sue Parke is hand cut from sheets of aluminum (by Don) and then hand painted (by Sue). The pair met while creating theater sets, so it's no wonder that this clock echoes that style. The flat pieces are layered on a "stage" to create depth, while the animals' expressions and body language give it a playful touch. Handmade in Canada.

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  • details
Handmade
Item ID
17022
Made from
aluminum
Measurements
18" H x 5" W x 3.25" D
Notes
takes one "AA" battery, not included.
  • the maker

Don Gidley and Sue Parke

How does this Canadian couple balance business and marriage after 35 years together? "Staying as separate as possible!" Sue says with a laugh. That means a basement studio for Don and an outdoor studio for Sue. "We get together for lunch everyday. We have a lot of fun." No doubt about that. For Sue's 55th birthday, their staff bought her a tattoo as a dare, and she came back with a red high heel tattoo. "I told them to buy me another when I'm 60."

The pair met while working on theater sets together. Sue, who does the painting and designs, uses bold combinations of color to give the pieces life using brushstrokes adapted from stage painting. Don hand cuts all the pieces from metal.

"Those with an eye for the quirky will delight in the sculptures of artists Sue Parke and Don Gidley," says an article in Canadian House & Home. "Her sense of whimsy, and Don's eye for geometry and line merge in clocks, that come in eclectic shapes."

Don says, "We see our work as urban folk art or folk art with an urban sensibility."

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BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK
 
4.0

(based on 13 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (5)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (11)
  • Keeps good time (7)
  • Clear display (6)
  • Reliable (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Decoration (10)
  • Kitchen (4)
  • Desk (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (8), High-end shopper (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (6), Yes (3)

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5.0

Adore, adore, adore!

By 

from Berkeley, CA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Clear Display

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Decoration
    • Desk
    • Gifts

    Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

    Could not be happier with this clock. This is going to be a gift for my sister's new apartment; knowing her, she will love it. The animals on it are precious. The crow and the cat arrived bent over a bit. If I hadn't been warned I probably would have used to much force to straighten them. With a gentle touch I was able to correct their posture. All in all this will be the best gift ever.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    4.0

    Broke it twice, fixed it once,

    By 

    from NYC

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Clear Display
    • Keeps Good Time
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • Handsworks fragile

    Best Uses

    • Kitchen

    Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

    It is fragile and fairly expensive. It survived a move, then I knocked it over. I fixed it, although I had to shorten the hands. When I knocked it over again, I could not fix it, so I bought a new one (saved the other for parts). I received it for a gift so I only paid for it once. If it breaks again, I will miss it but will not spend more money. I love it though; everybody does.

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    • Personal

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I am so entertained by your products

    By 

    from Mpls, Mn

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Clear Display
    • Keeps Good Time
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mimicry of our pets

      Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

      it did seem a little(easily bent), but is so perfect for our pet filled home and the way they "interact" with each other, I knew my daughter would love it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

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      3.0

      Cute, but...

      By 

      from Moab, Utah

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cute

      Cons

      • Light weight

      Best Uses

      • Decoration

      Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

      This clock is cute, but very flimsy and much smaller than I expected. It arrived with the crow completely bent over but it was easy to correct since the metal is so thin. The base is also very lightweight, so it doesn't sit well anyplace that will have the slightest movement. Mine was tilted so far back when it arrived it wouldn't stand up. Again, I just bent it into the correct shape, but it definitely wobbles when I remove or replace books from the bookcase I have it on. Such a cute idea, a shame that for[$]- they couldn't make it a liitle better quality.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      cute, whimsical clock

      By 

      from Bellevue, WA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

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      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Decoration
        • Desk

        Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

        Gave this as a gift to a dog-lover. They thought it was great! Very cute and the clock seems easy to read.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        So Cute!!

        By 

        from La Canada CA

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        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Decoration
          • Kitchen

          Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

          Bought this as a gift for my animal loving Mom. It was perfect! So cute and whimsical! My Mom's favorite Christmas gift!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          3.0

          cute, but....

          By 

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me High-end Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Keeps Good Time
          • Overall pleased

          Cons

          • MUCH smaller expected
          • Overpriced

          Best Uses

          • Kitchen

          Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

          Cute if you are ok with the size.

          Service and delivery comments:

          Delivery prompt. Product arrived slightly bent, so husband had to fix and glue.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          lived up to it 's description

          By 

          from boston MA

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          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Clear Display
          • Keeps Good Time

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Decoration

            Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

            This is a decorative and very fun piece. Even my 12 year old son NOTICED it and LIKED it.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Sure to please the pet lover

            By 

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me High-end Shopper

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            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Clear Display
            • Keeps Good Time
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Bedroom
              • Decoration
              • Desk
              • Kitchen

              Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

              Makes you smile!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              Comment on this review

               
              4.0

              It will make you smile

              By 

              from Georgetown, KY

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Clear Display
              • Keeps Good Time
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Decoration

                Comments about BARKING UP A TREE CLOCK:

                It's cute

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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