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Old Traditions – Christmas in the Black Forest

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Triberger Weihnachtszauber

Christmas Magic in Triberg

Just like most regions have their own rituals, there are special Christmas traditions in the Black Forest as well. Sometimes, they have their origin in religion, but some are also century old habits that are passed on from generation to generation.

It is especially the nights between Christmas eve and Epiphany that are important. These twelve nights, also known as ‚Raunächte’, are nights where to ghosts are said to be especially active. This is why people sometimes still put candy outside, so that the ghosts are becalmed. Also, the twelve days and nights have the function of an outlook on the coming year – each day stands for one month. The weather on a certain day represents the weather for the respective month, for example. Also it is important to have a close look at your dreams during these nights, since they are supposed to describe the upcoming year as well. Medical herbs have a stronger effect during the Raunächte – caused by the strong connection to the other side. As you can tell, the twelve days of Christmas are very special in the Black Forest.

There are some other habits that are cause by old legends, too: The Black Forest farmers don’t go see their animals in the barn on Christmas eve, for example. It says that the animals talk to each other in the Holy night. Also, you should not wash your laundry between Christmas and the twelfth day – you are risking to ‚wash a person out of your life’ by that.

There are other beautiful traditions that have been lasting up until today, that make Christmas in the Black Forest a very special one: One of them is the ‚Triberger Weihnachtszauber’ (Christmas Magic in Triberg). The whole area around the world famous waterfalls is illuminated by more than one million lights. Another beautiful event is Christmas Eve in Freudenstadt: The whole city gathers and sets torches and wood piles on fire – which causes the whole valley to illuminated.


Picture by TWZ Event GmbH.

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.

Carved cuckoo clocks

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by Rombach & HaasCarved cuckoo clocks are a great investment that will last for years.
A carved cuckoo clock will be cherished for years to come. When looking to purchase a carved cuckoo clock, there are two factors to consider.

The first factor is the design of handcarved cuckoo clocks. These beautiful cuckoo clocks come in two different styles in shops near Germany’s Black Forest. The first style of carved cuckoo clocks is the chalet style. These clocks feature the shape of a home. They can look like a chalet, an alpine house, a timbered house or a typical Black forest house.

The second style of carved cuckoo clocks is the traditionally carved cuckoo clock that shows a scene from nature. Carved cuckoo clocks are available featuring birds, deer, eagles and owls. Look for a clock produced in a workshop that has been in business for years like Rombach and Haas, Hoenes Clocks and Hekas Uhren.

The second factor to consider is the cuckoo. After all, it is what makes the carved cuckoo clock unique. When the finer clock makers like Rombach and Haas, Hoenes Clocks and Hekas Uhren produce their clocks they do not rely on electronics or tapes. Instead, they depend on two bellows moving to create the sound. The first bellow produces the cu sound, while the second part produces the ckoo sound.

Make sure when buying an original German Black Forest carved cuckoo clocks that it comes with a VDS certificate of Authenticity. The VDS certificate of Authenticity guarantees that your clock is an original.


Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Cuckoo clock by Anton SchneiderCongratulations on your new Black Forest cuckoo clock.
The cuckoo clock shop carefully packaged your clock. Make certain your cuckoo clocks box is placed top up on a table before unpacking. Take out the top items, such as pine cone weights, then remove the foam covering, then remove the clock.

Black forest clocks include various supplied parts, depending upon the design and the model. Your cuckoo clock shop packed these parts separately. Place the various parts upon your work table.

Remove the back of the clock

To remove the clocks back, insert a pen or pencil into the bottom hole and lever the pen beneath the covers lower side and lift the bottom cover off the Black Forest clocks inner workings. Remove the paper strip from the back cover.

Disengage the cuckoo clocks security clamps

The cuckoo clocks security clamps are located on both sides of the inner clock workings and are tagged Pull. Reach inside the clock and gently pull each clamp off and out. Replace the cuckoo clocks back with the hole positioned at the bottom of the clock, upside down.

Assembling the front of your clock

Turn the clock face up on the table. If you have a deer head, secure the head between the oak leaves with the small screw supplied by your cuckoo clock shop. Gently push both antlers into the deer head. Refer the cuckoo clock shop instruction sheet for assembly of any additional parts, for instance, the bell-shaped sound cup. The sound cup, like the antlers, is gently pressed into position. Now, attach the deer head appendage onto the very top of the clock by sliding the entire piece down into the grooved fittings.

Hanging your clock

The cuckoo clock shop recommends you hang your clock approximately 6.5 feet from the floor. Place your clock on the nail in a balanced position. Look beneath the clock. Unfasten and open the small parcel found there. This will enable the chains to hang without hindrance. Now remove the wire that
was used for transport purposes only. The weights and the pendulum can now be fitted.
Attach the pendulum onto the hanging key towards the back of the bottom of the clock. Attach the pine cones to the hooks in front of the pendulum key. Open the bar enclosing the cuckoo’s little house.


Your cuckoo clocks start and stop lever is either on the side panel, or the bottom. Slide side levers up and pull bottom levers down. This regulates the cuckoo’s call. To set the time, turn the cuckoo clocks long hand clockwise into position, then flick the pendulum to get it moving back and forth.  To set the time exactly, remove the pendulum from its hook. The cuckoo clock shop created pendulum leaf to slide up and down. If time is running too fast, slide the pendulum leaf down. If time is too slow, slide the leaf up. Adjustments for accuracy might have to be made over a few days.

Black Forest Clocks

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Black Forest clocks acuckoo clock by Rombach & Haachre handcrafted in Germany and are known the world over for fine workmanship and reliable performance. Cuckoo clocks made in the Black Forest cities Schonach and Triberg are characterized by detailed hand woodcarving and mechanical movements that must be wound in order for the clock to continue working. Genuine Black Forest cuckoo clocks have either a 1-day mechanical movement that needs to be wound every day, or an 8-day movement that needs winding every week.

Original Black Forest Clocks were first made between 1740 and 1750, and the conventional design has changed little since that time. Renowned clock manufacturers such as Anton Schneider, Hoenes and Hekas Uhren have been officially certified by the Black Forest Clock Association, or VDS. Certification assures the consumer that a Black Forest clock from these companies is a genuine Black Forest creation and that the clock and mechanism have been produced in the Black Forest region. The certification indicates an original Black Forest clock that has been carefully handcrafted using traditional methods and is of the highest quality.

Genuine Black Forest cuckoo clock designs include chalet-style clocks with Alpine, Tudor or Black Forest Germany houses that can incorporate carved animals, dancers or wood choppers. Traditionally carved styles of Black Forest clocks feature detailed hand-carved nature or hunting scenes with birds, leaves or deer. Most Black Forest clocks are carved from the Linden tree, native to the Black Forest region, although maple is also used occasionally.

Prices for genuine Black Forest cuckoo clocks can vary by factors such as clock size, intricacy of hand carvings or hand painting, the musical tones, or whether the clock offers an automatic or manual nightly shut-off feature.

An original Black Forest clock is a distinctive and authentic creation handcrafted to precise standards of German engineering and a beautiful timepiece that will last for generations to come.

Carved-style cuckoo clock by Hekas

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by HekasThis original German carved cuckoo clock is created from Black Forest wood. The clock has been created in the shape of a traditional chalet house with a roof. The border of the clock has gorgeous carved details. It has a hand-carved highly detailed bird at the top of the roof. In addition, it features large carved leaves with hand-painted pink-toned flowers with painted green stems and leaves. This Black Forest cuckoo clock measures nine inches by seven inches or 23 centimeters by 17 centimeters. The weight is less than five pounds
or two kilograms. It has a one-day movement mechanism.

Moving elements of this cuckoo clock are the beautiful hanging pendulums and the hand-carved and hand-painted cuckoo bird. The cuckoo bird makes it’s call each full hour and half- hour. A great extra feature is the manual night shut-off, which prevents the cuckoo call with a simple lever. The easy to read clock dial is also carved wood with painted white numbers. This variety of 100 percent Black Forest hand-carved clock does not play music.

When ordering this clock, it will arrive with a certificate from The Black Forest Clock Association, stating it is an authentic, high-quality, mechanical clock from the Black Forest region of Germany. This hand-crafted clock is created by Hekas and is available from the Cuckoo Palace. Hekas has been creating cuckoo clocks since 1938. Hekas was started by Helmut Kammerer, and now is operated by third-generation members of his family. They guarantee that each clock meets their high standards of inspection before it is sold.

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.

Hubert Herr Cuckoo Clocks Of The Black Forest

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

Cuckoo Clock by Hubert HerrFor 5 generations the Herr family has expertly handcrafted cuckoo clocks. The specialized knowledge and skill have been passed on to each new generation since the 19th century. The business has been expanded over time so that today, the Herr cuckoo clock factory ships it’s outstanding clocks all over the world. Hubert Herr Cuckoo Clocks are made in Triberg Black Forest Germany. They are the only genuine Black Forest Clock factory to manufacture the movements, cases and carvings on site. Each Herr cuckoo clock is made of solid wood and crafted by hand. Every genuine Black Forest Clock is made with precision mechanical movements of impeccable quality that are weight driven in the traditional manner handed down through the generations.

Hubert Herr Cuckoo Clocks are delicately carved in a variety of styles including, but not limited to, the ever popular Traditional Chalet design, the Bavarian Chalet design and the Typical Black Forest house design. A Traditional Herr cuckoo clock will delight the senses with it’s finely chiseled birds and floral carvings. Hubert Herr Cuckoo Clocks also feature beautiful moving parts such as the chicken and the fox, a moving chimney sweep and adorable moving squirrels. Musical models are available in a variety of tunes. At only 5.25 inches tall, they even produce the smallest cuckoo clock in the world! Herr cuckoo clocks, made in Triberg Black Forest Germany make excellent presents for any occasion and bring a bit of joy to any home.
If you are looking for a genuine Black Forest Clock made with old world craftsmanship, you need look
no further than the Hubert Herr Cuckoo Clock factory.

History of the German Cuckoo Clock

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Shieldclock by Rombach & HaasThe German cuckoo clock history began in the Bavarian area of Germany. In the years before 1630, time was kept with a sundial and an hourglass. When a glass peddler came back from Czechoslovakia returned with a crude clock called a wood-beam clock it changed their world. It had simple wooden gears and stones used as weight with no pendulum. This was a huge improvement over the hourglass and sundial. The people inhabiting the area began to make the crude clocks in their huts. The German cuckoo clock was invented. The inhabitants would work all winter and then a peddler would take them to various other parts of the world and sell them in the spring. The Black Forest Clock became popular around the world.

The Black Forest clock was a great improvement over the crude one that had been brought back by the peddler. The Black Forest clock was still not a cuckoo clock, they were called artist clocks. Friedrich Dilger from a small village in Germany went to France to study advance clock making and the tool skills. When his studies were completed he brought the new technology to the Germany where the genuine Black Forest clock was made.

The very first German cuckoo clock was made in the village of Schonwald by an inventive German clockmaker by the name of Franz Anton Ketterer. The clocks before him featured elaborate moving features including dancers, a skeleton which turned over an hourglass each hour and even a cow being struck by a butcher’s ax. Ketterer’s clock was the first authentic German cuckoo clock made. He added the rooster and the sound to make it say coo-coo. It was ingenious the way he developed the mechanism to run the clock. The sound was made by twin bellows that sent air through small pipes. That is the same mechanism that is used today in a German cuckoo clock.

The Black Forest clock was intricate in design. Some villages or areas would specialize by some
making the gears; someone else might make the casing and the intricate woodcarvings done by trained woodcarvers. These genuine cuckoo clocks were then assembled and sold. As the years went on they began to take on themes such as the hunter theme. They were elaborately adorned with hunting images, antlers, deer heads and powder horns. These were recognized as the German cuckoo clock.

Another style was the Bahnhausle style of clocks that were adorned by wild grape vines. They were carved to look like the lookout buildings the Italian tunnel builders built while building the railroad. What we now know as the Black Forest Clock originated from this design.

Today, you can find an authentic cuckoo clock in fine stores, on the Internet, or you could travel to Germany. Genuine cuckoo clocks are made by other companies such as Hekas and Romba clocks. Another famous clockmaker is Anton Schneider. He makes over 300 styles of genuine cuckoo clocks.

The German cuckoo clock of today is made using the same weight driven mechanism as a German cuckoo clock, but there are also clocks made with small quartz batteries. The cuckoo is achieved by a digitized recording. Whatever Black Forest clock or Black Forest clock you choose, you can appreciate
it a little more by knowing the history.

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