I agree with your wife. However, you might consider making the columns a little less stout. Make them very slender, not much larger in diameter than my original columns. the proportions will improve, and the portion of the clock hanging below the tops of the columns may become a non-issue.
Weston Bye - Author, The Mechatronist column, Digital Machinist magazine
~Practitioner of the Electromechanical Arts~
Theory & Practice-
Theory is when you know something but it doesn't work.
Practice is when something works but you don't know why.
It it dangerous to combine Theory & Practice;
nothing works and you don't know why.