The cuckoo clock symbolize the culture and style of Germany. Germany is also home to the black forest area – a major wooded mountain range in the southwest corner of the country. The cuckoo clock and black forest clocks are believed to have originated in the black forest region.
The main style of the cuckoo clock is in traditional form in which it is generally hand carved from wood with intricate design features. Some common cuckoo clock features include carved leaves, pinecones and animals.
A cuckoo clock is automated and often has a cuckoo bird that appears as the clock strikes on the half hour and hour. A cuckoo clocks is generally carved into a chalet style, representing a small chalet in the mountains and forests
A cuckoo clock makes a striking cuckoo noise as the bird announces by his chirp the exact time at hand. Some black forest clocks also play melodies and music based on the design of the clock. Modern day black forest clocks and the traditional cuckoo clock is weight driven. Cast iron pine cones activate pipes that make a cuckoo sound at just the right time.
To obtain a modern cuckoo clock, look toward reputable design companies. Some of the main manu-
facturers of German cuckoo clocks include Anton Schneider, Hubert Herr and Romba clocks by Rombach and Haas. A cuckoo clock is hand carved, using a variety of original designs. Steeple, a bell tower, chimney or animal are common tops for a typical chalet-styled cuckoo clock. The clock face lies on the front, just below a secret balcony or door where the cuckoo bird makes his grand appearance.