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Cuckoo Clocks: Tracing The History

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Summary:
The craft of clock making is said t
o have started in Black Forest, Ger
many. The abundance of both time an
d woods have fashioned the idea of
creating clocks, which was followed
 after an imported clock from a nea
rby area.

The first clocks that were produced
 in this region were rather primiti
ve but are great alternatives for t
he sundials hourglasses that were o
rdinarily use during those times. W
ooden toothed wheels were the first
 parts and the weights are normally
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cuckoo clocks

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The craft of clock making is said t
o have started in Black Forest, Ger
many. The abundance of both time an
d woods have fashioned the idea of
creating clocks, which was followed
 after an imported clock from a nea
rby area.

The first clocks that were produced
 in this region were rather primiti
ve but are great alternatives for t
he sundials hourglasses that were o
rdinarily use during those times. W
ooden toothed wheels were the first
 parts and the weights are normally
 made of stones. The pendulum was c
reated from the wood named as Waag
that runs back and forth on top of
the dial to keep the cuckoo clock i
n time.

In due time, the inhabitants of the
 Black Forest became artisans in th
eir own fields. Some specialized in
 wood carving, others on clock maki
ng. Still others became clock paint
ers while some make the toothed whe
els and the chains.

And from this peaceful countryside
of Black Forest town of Schönwald,
Germany did the cuckoo clocks origi
nated. Later, cuckoo clocks have ga
in worldwide popularity due to thei
r uniqueness. What was originally t
he Dutch clock was reinvented to ca
pture a nature's sound-the cuckoo's
 call. Franz Ketterer outlined the
system of a clock that imitates the
 whistles and billows of the cuckoo
s. Refinements on the original desi
gn of the cuckoo clocks had led to
the familiar set of a chalet or a b
irdhouse.

Since 1738, the production of the c
uckoo clocks is still centralized a
t the Black Forest area in Germany,
 specifically in Neustadt and Tribe
rg. However, cuckoo clocks are ofte
n thought of having its origin from
 Switzerland.

This confusion may have been due to
 the fact that there are other vers
ions of the cuckoo clocks from neig
hboring regions, which had been aro
und for quite some time even before
 the making of the cuckoo clocks. O
ne good example is the rooster cloc
k.

A cuckoo clock typically has a pend
ulum built into it. Conceptualized
after the striking of a gong, the c
uckoo clocks are characterized by w
histles and billows that are imitat
ed after the calls of the cuckoo bi
rds. The designs of ordinary cuckoo
 clocks are often conventional with
 birds popping up from the openings
 and rustic designs all over with o
ccasional nature designs like anima
ls and leaves. Cuckoo clocks are ha
nged on the walls and are frequentl
y enclosed in wooden boxes.

As the clock strikes, the bird that
 is hidden within the cuckoo clock
appears through the trap door and v
anishes immediately after the strik
ing is done.

The typical cuckoo clocks have bird
s that move everytime the clock str
ikes. This is done through an arm t
hat is being lifted from behind the
 carving. Most cuckoo clocks are pr
ogrammed to play musical tunes from
 a musical box before the hour stri
kes. This type of cuckoo clocks has
 other automata that creates the mu
sical tunes. Most clocks are driven
 by weight, they are seldom made wi
th spring drives.

With modernity comes the change in
the cuckoo clocks. There had been c
reated clocks that imitate the bill
ows and whistles of the cuckoos, on
ly electronically. Mostly of these
are fake quartz that runs through b
attery.

With the clocks' fame, many of them
 have moved their ways into the hom
es worldwide. Many are still fashio
ned after the traditional cuckoo cl
ocks but many were created with the
 touch of modernity. A display of t
hese clocks is a genuine mark of Ge
rmany.

				
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