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Teaching children how to tell the time can be quite a daunting task. In this day and age, almost everything is digitized, and it may be difficult to garner enthusiasm children about the prospects of learning to read analog time. First, they must recognize the numbers. Then they must be able to differentiate the hour hand from the minute hand and second hand.
Encourage kids to tell the time by getting a clock that’s fun to watch. Kids will enjoy learning to read the time with a grandfather cuckoo clock. The cuckoo will sound every hour, and this can guide the kids in learning what time it is. It can get quite tricky, and the kids may get frustrated, but don’t despair. It takes a lot of patience to teach them how to read the time, but it can be rewarding once the kids master it.
Have you ever had a cuckoo clock stop coo coo ing ?
Here’s some suggestions that might help you from a friend on mine
My recent trip to Spain, Malta and Italy knocked me down for awahile …. but I’m back,
hopfully healthier thatn before.
I recently got a question about a stopped cuckoo clock with four weights and three chains.
Is anyone familiar with such a cuckoo clock?
Grandfather and Cuckoo Clocks are wind up clocks. But this “how to” is more for wind up clocks that use a series of oscillating wheels and springs that make the clock run. Adjusting a wind up clock is a simple process that requires understanding how the clock works and determining which wheel to turn to change the clock to the time you want it to read.
First – Check the correct time with a clock that is believed to be the right time in your time zone. Second - Pick up the wind up clock and turn it over. You’ll see two winding knobs. Move one of them and check on the front of the clock to determine if you’re changing the time with the minute hand or with the hour hand. Third - Set the correct time using the correct knobs on the back of the clock. Compare the correct time with the time you’ve set your clock to. Make sure it’s correct. Forth – Remove the back of the wind up clock on some clocks in order to find the wheels that change the time. If you remove the wind up clock’s stand and alarm bells, you can see the inside of the clock, which includes only about 12 moving parts, mainly gears. Fifth – Adjust a wind up clock that doesn’t have visible knobs on the exterior by moving the wheels on the inside of the clock that is the correct wheels to adjust the time. Sixth – Return the back panel on the wind up clock without knobs to its original position. Use the clock as needed.
Adjusting a cuckoo clock or grandfather clock is actually much simpler. With cuckoo clocks unhook the pendulum and slide the pendulum carving up to make your clock run faster and down to make your clock run slower. Then reattach the pendulum to the pendulum leader at the base of the clock. Grandfather clocks typically have a regulating nut under the pendulum bob. Tur the nut to the right to raise the bob and make your clock run faster or turn the nut to the left to lower the bob and make your grandfather clock run slower.
Only minor adjustments should be made each time, waiting about 24 hours between each adjustment.
New cuckoo clocks are still among of the most sought after souvenirs of vacations in the heart of Europe and especially in Germany’s Black Forest region. My suitcases are full as I conclude this trip abroad. I know that in America, many families can trace their roots to Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and other European localities where cuckoo clocks are traditional ornaments for the home. Consequently, there is a market in America for clocks that represent the best traditions of cuckoo clock making.
The sound making devices are attached to the top of the clock. These include the pipes and bellows for the cuckoo sound and the music box. Attachments that are usually extensions of drive chains are linked to the sets of wire hooks and metal cams and pins that activate the cuckoo and any other moving figures and the doors. The cuckoo is connected to its bellows operation, and the other figures are mobilized by the strike movement. A third movement initiates the playing of the music box. Finally, the pendulum and weight chains are connected to the movement and the lead weights are clipped to the chain ends.
The assembled musical cuckoo clocks are carefully packaged to protect the moving parts and the delicate carved framework. Individually boxed clocks are packed in cartons for shipping and distribution. It makes it very easy to get them home safely.
Even though some models of cuckoo clocks are now outfitted with quartz movements and electronics, part of the cuckoo clock’s charm may be its old fashioned mechanical movement. When paired with beautifully carved wood and rustic style, the spell of the cuckoo’s song on the hour is guaranteed to bring smiles to those who prize childlike delights and exquisite craftsmanship for years to come.
I hope you have enjoyed sharing my European travels with you. Thanks for traveling with me.
Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest night the world has ever seen, Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and immediately undergoes a life-saving operation. But Dr Madeleine is no conventional medic and surgically implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. Little Jack grows up different to other children: every day begins with a daily wind-up. At school he is bullied for his ‘ticking’, but Dr Madeleine reminds him he must resist strong emotion: anger is far too dangerous for his cuckoo-clock heart. So when the beautiful young street-singer, Miss Acacia, appears – pursued by Joe, the school bully – Jack is in danger of more than just falling in love…he is putting his life on the line …. from the book La mécanique du cœur (English version The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart).
Luc Besson has optioned the story to be made into an animated feature film that Malzieu would co-direct. EuropaCorp has just acquired the rights for the cinema adaptation of ‘La Mécanique du Cœur , a novel published by Flammarion. This agreement concerns a 3D animated film. The English version of the book The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart is now available in the United Kingdom and is expected to be released in the United States March 2010.
The ending of the story …. sad, but true.
My jouney too is ending soon.
It’s the weekend. Time for a little story … The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart a book written by Mathias Malzieu, is a fantastical novel, a wildly inventive tale, turns poignant and funny, lusty and wrenching—about love and heartbreak. I am in France and Malzieu is the lead singer of the French Rock band Dionysos (who have recorded a concept album based upon the story). The book has sold well in its native France. I am still looking for my own copy.
The book opens in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1874. Little Jack is born on the coldest day ever, which causes his heart to be frozen solid, requiring a replacement: the midwife, Docteur Madeleine, puts a cuckoo clock in place of his heart of flesh and blood. As Jack gets older, Dr. Madeleine warns him that his heart is too fragile for strong emotions: he must never, ever fall in love. And, of course, he does: on his tenth birthday and with head-over-heels abandon. More tomorrow.
The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart is the basis for an album that Malzieu wrote; and he will co direct an animated feature film adaptation. This is his third novel and the first to be translated into English. Born in 1974 in Montpellier, Malzieu now lives in Paris.
I am still in Italy, and the sun is shining brightly. The Leaning Tower of Pisa is a freestanding bell tower, of the cathedral of the Italian city of Pisa. It is situated behind the Cathedral and is the third oldest structure in Pisa’s Cathedral Square after the Cathedral and the Baptistry. Now this to me should be a sundial. Am I coo coo or what? Maybe I’ve been thinking too much about my next cuckoo clock article.
Anyways, around 3500 B.C., the Egyptians built obelisks—tall four-sided tapered monuments—and placed them in strategic locations to cast shadows from the sun. Their moving shadows formed a kind of sundial, enabling citizens to partition the day into two parts by indicating noon. They also showed the year’s longest and shortest days when the shadow at noon was the shortest or longest of the year.
Around 1500 B.C., the Egyptians divided the sundial into 10 parts, with two twilight hours indicated. This sundial only kept accurate time (in relative terms) for a half day. So at midday, the device had to be turned 180 degrees to measure the afternoon hours.
A sundial tracks the apparent movement of the sun around the earth’s celestial pole by casting a shadow (or point of light) onto a surface that is marked by hour and minute lines. That is why the shadow-casting object (the gnomon or style) must point towards the north celestial pole, which is very near Polaris, the North Star. The gnomon serves as an axis about which the sun appears to rotate.
The sharper the shadow line is, the greater the accuracy. So, generally speaking, the larger the sundial the greater the accuracy, because the hour line can be divided into smaller portions of time.
I still think this Leaning Tower could be a sun dial.
If you’re a homeowner, it’s very likely that you take a great deal of pride in the appearance of your home. This is true of the exterior and the interior. One of the easiest ways to make the interior of a home more inviting is by eliminating some of the clutter that can accrue over the years. Make sure that your mantel is not overrun with knickknacks.
One single cuckoo clock will offer a more sophisticated, refined, and classic look. The chalet style is sure to add charm and beauty. Chalet cuckoo clocks look like alpine houses and have moving figures. They are available in both one day and eight day movements, with and without music and animation. The familiar chalet style clock began to appear after 1850, about the same time that these clocks became popular, especially in England. Speaking of England, there is a museum in Cheshire where my travel articles will begin later this week. See you there.
To many people the cuckoo symbolized the waking of time and the start of the spring season, the period that meant winter had finished and normal life could be resumed. But isn’t this Fall season you ask? There is a natural progression in anything that we create. In the mid 1700′s cuckoo clocks were first created in and around the Black Forest area of Germany. As I get ready for my journey next week to Europe, I can’t help but reflect on the cuckoo clock design from the Black Forest and the cuckoo bird which were an integral part of everyday life in the region at the time. The ornate carving of the clocks was reflective of the design of the Bavarian homes that everyone lived in. To have a mechanical cuckoo in your home that told you the time was the height of luxury.
Now I’m not financially rich by any means, but I do consider myself rich in the admiration for a masterful timepiece. I encourage you to add a unique design touch to your home that will amuse as well as fascinate all those people lucky enough to experience the cuckoo clock in first person. Next week, when I take my journey, I hope that you will join me. A cuckoo clock can add a real touch of interest to any home, I’m sure our journey next week together will be most enlightening.
The cuckoo clock was a timepiece that surpassed the standard ways of telling time in the seventeenth century — the sun dial and the hour glass. Intricately detailed, the cuckoo clock not only keeps time, it is also a work of art. You should care for your cuckoo clock to maintain its beauty and keep it in working order. Here are my suggestions on how to properly care for your masterpiece.
Step 1 Understand that some cuckoo clocks require you to wind them daily (one day movements); others require winding on a weekly (eight day movements) basis. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for how to wind your specific clock model.
Step 2 Clean and polish the solid hardwood case. Use products that contain natural oils or simply dry dust the cuckoo clock. That seems to work best for me. Use a cotton swab (also know as a q-tip) to clean the intricate details. Avoid furniture polish and wax as this leads to a build-up.
Step 3 Remove the outer wooden case to view the inside workings of the clock. Gently clean the inside pieces with mild soapy water and a cotton swab or other small utensil.
Step 4 Take your cuckoo clock to a reputable clockmaker if you would rather have a professional cleaning. Check the phone book or ask friends and family for a recommendation.
Step 5 Hang the clock on the wall as soon as you finish cleaning and polishing. Use a good wood screw to keep it firmly in place and make sure the wall is level and the clock is straight. (see my October 14 post on “How To” : Hang a Cuckoo Clock, in four easy steps).
If you have any suggestions and/or tricks you have experienced in caring for your cuckoo clock, be sure to share them.