Title: Cuckoo Clocks: Tracing The History Word Count: 559 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 Keywords: made of st... cuckoo clocks Article Body: 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.