Archive for the ‘Grandfather Clocks’ Category
I once worked in a clock shop with my father for a while and it nearly drove me insane. For one thing, my father is an eccentric person and he can be very strange sometimes, so following his rules in the workshop were often a little bit bizarre, even having expected this since I’d lived with him my whole life. Seeing him at home and at work though was a bit of overload.
The other thing that started to drive me a little bit insane was the tick-tock of the cherry grandfather clocks that we kept. They were perfectly synchronized and the sounds were sometimes quite noticeable, which started making feel like I was living in my own version of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Telltale Heart”. Needless to say, I stopped working there after a while.
I just moved into a new home and I had wanted to save some money during the actual move, so instead of hiring expensive movers, I gathered some of my friends and a U-Haul truck and we did it ourselves. It took a while, because I had a lot of furniture gathered up over the years, but we were able to move all of it in a day.
One of my favorite pieces of furniture, that actually gave us quite a bit of trouble, was my grandfather cuckoo clock, which was passed down to me by my own father. It was quite large and fairly heavy, so it was a little bit difficult getting into the house and set up where I wanted it. Then again, moving my couch was a lot more difficult than that!
My girlfriend and I recently went to a bed and breakfast for a weekend. The owner was a retired French chef and his wife painted murals for a living. The place came highly recommended to us by a friend of ours. I have to admit that it lived up to the hype. The owner made us breakfast every morning and I can honestly say that it was the best breakfast I ever tasted in my life. It came in three courses and even included some home made French pastries.
There was also an art exhibit in the town we were staying in featuring hand made grandfather clocks. They were all beautifully crafted and had intricate designs. Some of them had elaborate chimes and some of them were just artfully simplistic. It was hard to believe that they were all crafted by hand. I wanted to commission one of the artists to make me a custom clock to put in my home but it would have probably cost me an arm and a leg. If I were to win the lottery, I think collecting grandfather clocks would be my new hobby.
My parents recently moved into a new home closer to my family so they can see their grandchildren more often. My brother and I helped with the move which wasn’t so bad overall. They decided to get rid of the majority of their furniture that they didn’t plan on using at their new home so all we had to do was move a couple of tables, their bedroom furniture, and some other things.
Looking through the basement of their old house, it shocked me to find the grandfather clock that used to be in the main hallway when I was a child. I remember hearing its tune as every hour passed and wondering where the sound came from. I asked my mother what she planned to do with the clock and she told me that she was going to sell it. I offered to take it off her hands and she agreed so long as I get it fixed professionally. She also wanted me to display it in the family room in my house so they and the children can enjoy it during visits and family parties
Recently, my grandfather passed away and my family and I have been working on going through his belongings at the house he lived at. It’s simultaneously a sad and nostalgic experience as I see all of the things that remind me of him. My parents and I have looked through his photo albums and his collections of things and it feels like I can be close to him even though he’s gone.
Passing by the handmade grandfather clocks he had in his workshop served as a nice reminder of the man he was. He was always building things and working on different projects after he retired. He liked gardening and making furniture himself and there were a lot of great pieces of woodwork around his house for us to enjoy.
I’ve decided that, officially, the show LOST is dangerously addictive. I’ve had plenty of my friends talk about how great it is, but I never caught it while it was still on the air. Recently, I decided to borrow some DVDs from a friend of mine to finally see what all of the fuss was about.
I started watching the show in the afternoon and I found that I was hooked. What didn’t feel like much time later, I checked the time on the grandfather clock in our living room and I realized how long I’d been watching the television for. It was already three in the morning! I’m definitely addicted; I just hope nobody spoils the show for me before I finish watching it!
I used to have an uncle who was really rich. He was only married to my aunt for a few years, but I remember all of these really distinctive things about the giant house he lived in. I remember that he had tons of cars and he had a giant fish tank in his kitchen with all kinds of exotic fish that I had only seen in picture books.
His house had these really nice and fancy handcrafted grandfather clocks in it. I also remember him having the biggest pool I had ever seen. The guy really knew how to live! He had the newest electronics before anybody else did too; I was young when I was last there, but I’d certainly never seen a 50-something-inch TV screen before his house, and that was in the 1990s, so it was a big deal then!
There’s a village in Tuscarawas County in Ohio called Sugarcreek that’s currently working on plans to restore one of the world’s largest cuckoo clocks. The clock stands at over twenty-three feet tall and was used as an attraction for a restaurant initially. Since its initial creation, the clock has been sold and moved around a number of times. Currently, it is in the stages of being restored and moved to a new location as an icon of the local Swiss culture in Sugarcreek.
It’s the largest cuckoo clock in the United States, with the only other contenders for the world’s largest being found in Germany, Russia, Argentina, and Italy. They’re each far larger than any cuckoo clock anyone could fit inside a household. Personally, I think I’ll stick to the regular-sized grandfather cuckoo clocks for my home.
My parents were active antique collectors, but once they decided that their house was too much for them to maintain, they gave up collecting and dispersed the collection among their children. My siblings tend toward a more modern aesthetic in their homes, so I really had the pick of the litter. I ended up snagging three impeccable grandfather clocks.
The only issue is that I live in a two bedroom apartment. Instead of trying to spread the grandfather clocks throughout my home, I decided to group all three of them in the living room. They now stand proudly next to each other, thus making a powerful focal point. It took some tinkering to get them all to chime in sync, but the effort was worth it as the effect is astounding.
Clocks come in different models and designs, but they all serve the common function of telling time. But aside from that, clocks add to the décor of a room. When choosing a clock, you have to put the interior of the room into consideration.
The color and theme of the room can help you decide on the right clock for you. The size of the room also matters. Small rooms shouldn’t feature large clocks and would probably look better with smaller clocks, but a larger room is perfect for grandfather cuckoo clocks. These clocks can be placed against the wall and can add to the elegance of a room.