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Cuckoo Clocks and Black Forest Clocks

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

Cuckoo clock by August SchwerThe 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
of Germany.

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.

Cuckoo clocks made by Anton Schneider

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by Anton SchneiderTriberg in the Black Forest is known for Germany’s largest waterfalls, historic churches and the Black Forest Museum. Most importantly, it is famous for its’ extensive variety of Black Forest cuckoo clocks. The most famous of the cuckoo clocks are crafted by Anton Schneider. As a matter of fact, Black Forest clocks are almost synonymous with Anton Schneider cuckoo clocks.

Now in its’ sixth generation the Anton Schneider cuckoo clocks began in a tiny farmhouse in 1848. Over the generations Anton Schneider has become the most coveted of all the cuckoo
clocks sought by collectors. Most of the craftsmen working in the Anton Schneider Company have been employed for twenty to forty years. Each worker has special qualifications. The excellence of quality and rareness brought to the cuckoo
clocks by the craftsmen has made the Anton Schneider
brand renowned throughout the world.

Even though Anton Schneider started by making its cuckoo clocks in a farmhouse today it has some
of the most modern clocks available in the Black Forest clocks arena. There are over 300 different designs for a wide selection of these desirable clocks. Amazingly, the cuckoo clocks also come in a
vast array of sizes from 7 to 118 inches. With a selection of cuckoo clocks holding the old world charm
with a modern cutting-edge it isn’t surprising that Anton Schneider is the name buyers gravitate to for
the most outstanding cuckoo clocks. There is definitely a clock for every person’s taste.

For six generation Anton Schneider has been the cuckoo clock most coveted by collectors. Whether visiting Triberg or other destinations famous for Black Forest clocks, enthusiasts gravitate to the Anton Schneider brand of quality, authenticity, elegance, and beauty.

Amazing Carved Style Cuckoo Clock

Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

cuckoo clock by Anton SchneiderThis clock is a cuckoo clock in the carved style. Lovely broad
leaves fan out around the clock face. On top of the clock, a small
bird spreads its wings towards the sky. Below the clock, two large
pine cones hang down. All of these are carved from rich, handsome wood. The wood is mostly left unpainted to allow the natural beauty of the grain to show through. The face of the clock is also made
from wood and is painted with gold Roman numerals. Even the clock hands are made of wood. Above the clock face is a small bird painted in white and green. The clock sounds every hour and half-hour.
It does not play music.

Cuckoo clocks did not originate in the Black Forest of southwest Germany, but that region is where their manufacture was perfected. The Black Forest is an area of rolling hills, towering trees and picturesque villages. Today, tourists travel to the Black Forest to enjoy its beauty and to purchase a cuckoo clock, the most famous export of the region. German experts continue to hand-craft cuckoo clocks from a variety of woods. There are many types of cuckoo clocks, including chalet-style clocks, carved-style clocks and shield clocks. Newer, more modern types of cuckoo clocks are being produced as well. However, traditional cuckoo clocks remain the most popular. The rich materials and whimsicality of cuckoo clocks combine to yield their undeniable and unique charm.

Cuckoo clock by Anton Schneider

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

cuckoo clock by Anton SchneiderThis original Black Forest chalet style cuckoo clock by Anton Schneider features several delicately carved moving parts mechanically powered by an eight day movement. Weighing just over 8 kg (about 18 lb), this wooden clock is 32 cm (13 in.) high by 29 cm (11 in.) wide.

Music plays every hour on a 22 tone mechanical musicwork made by Reuge Schweiz, alternating between two songs: “Der Froehliche Wanderer” and “Edelweiss.” The cuckoo call plays before the song at the hour and alone at every half hour. An auto-
matic night shutoff
enables users to set the sounds always on, always off, or on during the day and off from 8 pm to 8 am.

In this chalet style wood cuckoo clock, the cuckoo sits just under the roof, with several dancers just below it. On the bottom left, a man drinks his beer next to a mill wheel while a dog watches. On the other side of the clock face, a lumberjack chops wood slowly. The dancers, beer drinker and lumberjack move every hour with the music, while the cuckoo comes out at the hour and half hour.

The whole clock is operated with an eight day movement, meaning someone must pull the chains down to wind the clock about once a week. The Schneider family has been hand carving clocks in Germany’s Black Forest region since the first Anton Schneider began making them in his farmhouse in 1848, and every clock comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Black Forest Clock Association.

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