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My father has worked in clock development and repair his whole life and he’s taught me a lot of interesting things about different types of clocks that I don’t think the average person knows about. He’s not a fan of digital clocks in any way and has always developed analog clocks; his favorite clocks in particular to work on are cuckoo clocks.
One thing a lot of people don’t know is that there are typically two kinds of cuckoo clocks – eight day cuckoo clocks and one day cuckoo clocks. Generally, cuckoo clocks are driven by a mechanical movement run by weights underneath the clocks. One day cuckoo clocks must have the weights pulled up manually each day, whereas eight day cuckoo clocks require this each week.
In our modern world of atomic clocks and satellite-transmitted time signals, regulator wall clocks are definitely like an antiquated timekeeping mechanism. When they were first put into production at the end of the 18th century, however, they represented the gold standard in timekeeping accuracy. In an effort to make them as precise as possible, they were stripped of all of the non-essentials, such as calendars, allowing each hand to move off a discrete mechanism.
Over the years the design of regulator wall clocks has changed dramatically, including innovations allowing for the space-saving wall variety. Although there are more accurate options on the market today, pendulum-style one day cuckoo clocks are still utilized as a traditional piece of home décor.
When it comes to home interior decorating, people tend to think about the horizontal aspect of a space much more than the vertical. In other words, what goes on the floor in terms furniture, lamps, and accessories comes before we think about the walls. But in truth, the walls are often one of the first aspects of a space people notice, and other than the television, probably the most likely place our eyes will drift. It’s important to address those vertical surfaces with paint, wall borders, and wall paper. In addition, artwork is a great way to draw together the room, so make sure you have posters, framed pictures, or even wall scrolls to improve the visual aesthetic. And don’t forget practical items as well, such as decorative one day cuckoo clocks or ornate antique mirrors.
When you have gorgeous walls that draw attention, you’ll be amazed how often you and your guests will no longer be focusing on the furniture. You’ll be liable to receive more comments on your walls than all the objects on the floor.
It’s hard to fathom an era or society where people don’t allocate their time by the minute. And now even minutes are beginning to feel like an eternity. For instance, the vast majority of trading on the stock exchanges is “high frequency.” This entails hundreds of thousands of transactions continually taking place within microseconds of one another.
This may seem like a hyperbolic example, but this trend is true on a more individual level as well. A five-second load time for a webpage now seems unreasonable. Or what if the clock on your phone—which undoubtedly sets itself automatically—were to be five minutes off? Imagine how inaccurate timekeeping was when people relied one day cuckoo clocks that had to be wound every 24 hours.
It’s always fun to explore new places and take in the local sights. You would think to see a cuckoo clock museum, you would have to go to Germany and Switzerland. I have found that not to be so. If you have a love for clocks and especially cuckoo clocks, visit this gem in England.
The Cuckooland Museum hosts one of the worlds largest collection of cuckoo clocks with thousands of assorted exhibits. Most of the clocks within the museum are rare and unique, and combine a number of ingenious methods of time telling. The museum also hosts a range of Cuckoo clocks, Trumpeter clocks and other associated musical movements, which will play at intervals throughout your visit, all of which are varying in age and history. The clock making craft evolved in the Black Forest region of Central Europe over 300 years ago. Natural materials, a product of the forests, were used and over the centuries the skills evolved from that of a cottage craft to those of a production industry.
The Museum hosts one of the worlds largest collection of cuckoo clocks with thousands of assorted exhibits.
The collection is ever changing and preservation is now a permanent commitment and aims to achieve the most comprehensive and complete assembly of fine clocks of their type anywhere. Many on display are working while others are awaiting repair and finish. As you enjoy the collection you will hear many of the old sounds of Europe, particularly as the associated musical movements begin to play in authentic tunes of that period.
Want to go? Cuckooland Cuckoo Clock Museum is located between Manchester and Chester in Cheshire, England
There is one style of clock that hasn’t evolved much over the past few hundred years, and they are handcrafted cuckoo clocks. They still have the swinging pendulum, the pipes that count off the hour and sing the call of the little coo coo bird. The parts have changed a little, but the essence remains cemented in the style of the original clock made in the mid eighteenth century. There are two types of cuckoo clocks. One is an eight day clock that cuckoos every hour and the other is the one day cuckoo clocks which cuckoo every half hour.
Most handcrafted cuckoo clocks are made in the Black Forest of Germany. There are over a hundred clock makers there and many have been there since the beginning. The styles have changed to meet the trends of the time, but several of the manufacturers of the Black Forest cuckoo clock keep with the tradition of hard carved, ornate facades of the originals. There are other cuckoos from around the world and they include the Chalet cuckoo clocks from Switzerland. These are recognized by the deeply sloping roofs and figurines that move when the clock sounds. Most popular are the axe man and beer drinker. The coo coo is replaced by these figures and music plays instead of the cuckoo. Time marches on … but the cuckoo clocks continues to stand tall.
Do you have a favorite?
Musical cuckoo clocks have two movements instead of just the one regulating time. The third weight drives the second movement, which produces a series of notes when the clock strikes. Usually the melodies played are different for the hour and the half-hour, the most popular being “Edelweiss” and “The Happy Wanderer.” The musical movement is like those found in music boxes: a metal drum with small pins set at intervals to produce the proper notes as the drum turns and the pins strike a steel comb.
One day Musical Cuckoo Clocks feature the same quality mechanics as the one day Cuckoo clocks, except there is a third weight added under the clock. The extra weight is for the tunes played by the clock. On the hour the cuckoo bird will announce the hour with the correct number of calls, and then a melody plays. Two tunes are offered with the aid of a Swiss music box where the notes are plucked on a rotating drum. On the half hour the bird will “Coo Coo” one time only and then a second melody will play. Eight Day Musical Cuckoo Clocks are almost exactly the same as the one day Musical Cuckoo Clocks. The difference is the size of the weights under the clock which are much heavier in the eight day cuckoo clock. Also the melody only sounds on the hour in an eight day clock. Musical cuckoo clocks often have animated figures which move when the music box plays. The moving figures can include people dancing, sawing wood, drinking beer or even a water wheel turning.
Actually, it’s both my wife’s and my birthday. Isn’t that neat, married and able to celebrate our birthday together? I sure don’t have any excuse for forgetting Mona’s birthday! Normally we go away and celebrate by exploring new territory. Not today, but later this month we will be celebrating in Barcelona Spain. Previously we celebrated in Hawaii, Germany, Austria and most of the 50 United States. We love to travel. Today, being Wednesday, I will continue my “How To:” articles. Today, “How to buy Cuckoo Clocks”, one of my loves (besides by wife).
Cuckoo clocks are an enjoyable accessory to have in your home. Features to look for when buying a cuckoo clock include the style, movement and music. Once you have an idea of the type of cuckoo clock you’re looking for, then finding one for your home will be a cinch.
First – Decide on the style that you’re looking for in a cuckoo clock. If you’re looking for a clock that looks like a house, then you’ll want to purchase a chalet style clock. Traditional clocks include built in nature scenes with flowers, animals or leaves. Novelty clocks include more unique colorful features and contemporary themes. Second - Consider the type of movement that you would like your clock to have. Cuckoo clocks have two movements: one-day and eight-day movement. One day movements will sound on every half hour and on the hour. 8 day cuckoo clocks sound on each hour of the day. Third – Determine whether you want your cuckoo clock to play music. Some coo coo clocks come with music and figures that dance while others do not. Some traditional clocks play Swiss music at either every half hour or by the hour. The music will depend on the type of movement and clock style you choose. Lastly - Browse shops that offer the types of cuckoo clocks that you’re looking for. Cuckoo clocks can be purchased online, at retail stores, auctions, and antique or thrift shops.
Happy shopping, and “thanks” for celebrating with us.
There are several types of cuckoo clocks. The least expensive is the non musical one day clock, which requires winding once a day. The weights hang by chains, and descend as the clock “unwinds.” To wind it, pull the end of the chain to bring the weights back up and keep the pendulum swinging. The pendulum drives the mechanical gears of the brass movement inside the clock, which in turn drives the hands on the face. Each tick of the pendulum advances the hands a fraction of the circumference of the clock face and drops the weight a tiny bit.
One day cuckoo clocks can be both carved and chalet. Carved clocks have nature-inspired themes carved out of wood attached to the case. Chalet-style clocks look like alpine houses and have moving figures. These are my favorite, especially the ones that play music and have moving animation. Musical cuckoo clocks have two movements instead of just the one regulating time. The third weight drives the second movement, which produces a series of notes when the clock strikes. Usually the melodies played are different for the hour and the half-hour, the most popular being “Edelweiss” and “The Happy Wanderer.”