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This page describes the process of making a timer. These pictures feature the ol' Rabbit Timer design, but the process for making the current model is essentially the same. PrannaTimers are handmade in San Francisco, CA.

PrannaTimer plans are available. Please ask.

Once a type of wood or multiple woods are selected, the patterns are laid out and transfered to the wood, the layers are cut and permanently laminated together. While the body is clamped together, the attention moves to the stick and the ash tray, as they are free during this time.
The bearing assembly in the stick is one of the trickiest parts. A forstner bit is used to drill the bearing hole and another adjacent hole for the pin. This takes some practice, but can be one of the prettiest pieces of the timer when it's sanded and finished (see the top photo above).

The ash trays are made to be concave, either with a gouge, cabinet scraper, or a lathe. They are then smoothed and sanded. The incense holes are not yet drilled because the alignment needs to be determined when the timer is assembled.


The timers are then shaped, either by hand or on a belt sander.

The noses of the timer are then planed off and a hole is drilled for the axle.


The stick can now be mounted to the body of the timer, and the loop hole can be located and drilled. This allows the incense holes to be located on the ash tray, also. Once the holes are drilled, they are fitted with brass inserts to extinquish the incense and prevent the wood from burning.

All of the parts are then sanded to a polish and a finish is applied. Tung oil is the current finish of choice and several coats are applied.
PrannaTimers are stamped, and signed by Dave. The Nepali timers will indicate "nepal" written in the signature spot.
Using a "whip-wrap" embroidery finish gives the stick a splash of color and allows it to hit the tibetan singing bowl with a nice, rich tone.