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Cuckoo clock by Hekas

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by HekasThis intricate chalet style mechanical cuckoo clock by Hekas is painstakingly produced in the Black Forest
region of Germany. Featuring several moving elements, the cuckoo plays on the hour and the half hour, along with one of two songs: “In Muenchen steht ein Hofbraeuhaus” and “Trink Bruederlein Trink.” The clock is almost square at 30 cm (12 in.) high and 34 cm (13 in.) wide and weighs in at 5 kg (just over 11 pounds).

The clock is shaped like a house, or chalet, with window boxes full of flowers. At the top, just under the roof, the cuckoo waits behind two little doors. Just below it, four dancers move along a balcony at the hour and half hour. On the bottom level, two men drink beer while a water wheel turns on the left. All figurines are hand-painted.

Every movement, from the clock hands and pendulum to the cuckoo and dancers is done mechanically. Instead of using batteries or electricity, this one-day-movement clock must be wound once a day to keep moving. This simple job consists of pulling the chains down to their full length. A mechanical night shutoff switch is located on the side in case the music and cuckoo sound are disturbing any sleepers.

The Black Forest region has been famous for its delicately carved cuckoo clocks since the early eighteenth century. This clock is designed and produced by Hekas, which has been managed by
three generations of the Kammerer family since its founding in 1938.

Chalet-style cuckoo clock by Hekas

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by HekasThis original chalet style cuckoo clock features a charming cottage flanked by fir trees. A closer look will reveal some other wonderfully crafted details, including a miniature water pump, wood pile, ladder, and other items one would find in such a setting. Tiny hearts are carved in the little shutters on each window. The clock is decorated with colorful flowers, the well-known Edelweiss among them. The gentle tick-tock and the sweet chirp of the cuckoo bird at the top of the hour are well-known and beloved sounds. This clock only needs to be wound about once a week.

Many cuckoo clocks are made in a factory with parts manufactured by a machine. Not so with this original clock.
It and others made by companies who are members of the Black Forest Clock Association are handcrafted with traditional tools and materials in Germany’s Black Forest. Some clocks are fancier and some are more simple, but they each have beauty and elegance unsurpassed by factory-made look-alikes. A genuine Black Forest cuckoo clock will always prompt a smile from anyone who watches it work.

The maker of this particular model is a company called Hekas, founded in 1938. Hekas cuckoo clocks are made by skilled craftsmen using traditional methods and the finest materials. Each clock is inspected thoroughly to ensure quality performance and accuracy. Long-time collectors and first-time tourists alike will be pleased when they choose to purchase a cuckoo clock made by Hekas. Only a handful of companies exist that know the art and produce pieces of this quality.

Cuckoo clocks made by Hekas

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by HekasBefore purchasing a cuckoo clock from an online store, read
all the information to ensure the clock is of genuine Black Forest Clocks quality and handcrafted by a certified Black Forest Clock producer. Not all online store suppliers list
Cuckoo clocks or Kammerer Hekas cuckoo clock as companies represented.

Although the first cuckoo clock dates back to 1629, genuine Black Forest Clocks have been individually crafted by Hekas Cuckoo clocks since 1938. After 70 years devoted to the production of handcrafted, rigorously inspected clocks, in 1998, the company name became Kammerer Hekas cuckoo clock under third-generation Krammer leadership.

Genuine Hekas Cuckoo clocks have a certificate indicating
the craftsman is a member of the Black Forest Clock Association. The company guarantees each clock case and face are individually crafted and decorated in-house. When completed, each clock is meticulously inspected for overall appearance. Hekas Cuckoo clocks are tested for 12 to 24 hours to ensure operation and precision of functionality before being shipped to distributors licensed in over 40 countries around the globe.

A true Kammer Hekas cuckoo clock displays shingles that have been individually crafted and placed atop a typical chalet-style house. In terms of sound, two factors distinguish a Kammerer Hekas cuckoo clock. A Kammerer Hekas cuckoo clock plays one of two German folk songs with the most recognizable one being “Edelweiss.” Unless there is a slight pause between the “cu” and the “ckoo”, the sound was produced via a tape recording as opposed to being generated by bellows.

Choosing cuckoo clocks made by Trenkle

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Cuckoo Clock by TrenkleChoosing from the many quartz cuckoo clocks made by Trenkle is harder than you might think because there are so many great options available. Trenkle cuckoo clocks are well known around the world as being the original German Black Forest clock and a brand that makes some of the best quality quartz cuckoo clocks. Shopping for these beautiful Trenkle cuckoo clocks then becomes a matter of picking the one that you prefer, because they are all equally well made.

If you are currently looking for quality quartz cuckoo clocks you can be sure that Trenkle cuckoo clocks because the company has thirty years of experience behind them. A full line of clocks are available, but the design is very traditional for the most part because of their original German Black Forest clock face. The first thing that you need to know about Trenkle cuckoo clocks is that they are all quartz cuckoo clocks, so if you are looking for another style you probably will not find it from this brand.

Choose your Trenkle cuckoo clocks according to the design that each one is given. Each of these quartz cuckoo clocks is meticulously made and even more carefully decorated with ornate wood carvings and simple embellishments. Even though each of the quartz cuckoo clocks is made in the same way, Trenkle cuckoo clocks are always unique and special.


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.

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.

Chalet Cuckoo Clock: A Touch of Classic Beauty

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Cuckoo Clock by TrenkleIn a world of cell phones and electronic everything, one might believe that the sounds and quiet comforts of yesterday are gone forever. However, there are is a way to bring the beauty and peacefulness of a world before internet alive at home. The chalet cuckoo clock – 31cm by Trenkle Uhren is crafted by hand and brings old world style and quality to the new, fast paced world of the 21st century.

This chalet style clock is made with solid, hand-crafted construction. The lovely painted surfaces stand out in the artful style of chalet cuckoo clocks. A husband and wife
share the chalet with greenery and the cuckoo that makes an appearance every hour to announce the time. This clock also has a manual night-shutoff switch which becomes handy in areas where silence might be needed.

The clock movement is modern quartz which used battery power instead of needing to by wound every day or week.
This if perfect for busy people who want the nostalgia of the cuckoo but may not take the time to wind
it up. While quartz cuckoo clocks do not hold the VDS Certificate by the Black forest Clock Association, they are still made in the Black Forest. Only clocks with mechanical movements receive the VDS certificate. However, the outer quality of the clocks remains the same regardless of internal movement.

Trenkle Uhren has been creating quality cuckoo clocks for more than 3 decades. Their attention to detail and fine workmanship has earned them a place among the best clock makers in the world.

The Cuckoo clock for your home

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

Cuckoo clock by HekasThe cuckoo clock is one thing that holds the attention of everyone, be
it children or adults. The amazing wood work, intricate carvings and the fascinating appearance of a cuckoo that sings every half an hour normally entertains most people.

The Chalet style cuckoo clock with 8 day movement comes, as the name suggested, designed after Chalet houses. This means to say
that the singing cuckoo is housed in a traditional Alpine or Black forest house. This cuckoo clock shows the village scene which depicts a maid ringing the bell in the bell tower. This particular cuckoo clock measures 39 cm in height and 27 cm in width, and weighs 6 kg. It has one moving element, and is equipped with 8 day movement clockwork. This is meant to say that this cuckoo clock is equipped with mechanical movements which require the clock to be wound up every week.
A clock which comes with detailed design, this particular cuckoo
clock consists of a majority of the parts made out of wood. These parts consist of the wooden cuckoo, wooden clock dial and the wooden clock hand. Additionally, it needs specific mention that the figurines featured in the village scene depicted have been hand painted. A clock that has been set up to have the cuckoo call every half and full hour, it comes with a manual night shut off feature. This means that the cuckoo call can be shut off manually during the times you do not want any noise disturbances.

This cuckoo clock is manufactured by Hekas which is a company that has been in business since
1938 and is renowned for its reputation.

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.

Hoenes Cuckoo Clocks

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Cuckoo Clock by HönesThe Hoenes cuckoo clocks are meticulously crafted
by hand, exactly like they have been constructed by the indigenous people of the region for hundreds of years. These German cuckoo clocks remain carefully created
by hand
, in their workshop, today.
First, the workmen harvest only the very best Linden trees from the Black Forest. Once the wood chips are vigilantly produced for the cuckoo clocks, a process that takes years to complete, the master carvers painstakingly carve the pieces of wood into the ideal patterns. The Hones Company manufactures 35 diverse chalet cuckoo clocks. Once the carving
is completed, then each piece is diligently positioned by hand. The Hones Company provides three unique styles
of chalet cuckoo clocks. The Swiss chalet, Black Forest chalet and the Bavarian chalet are all popular choices.
Next, the inner workings of the clock are installed. The Hones Company works in concert with Swiss clock makers to make these parts for their Hones cuckoo clocks. The parts are made by hand, just like all components, for each exquisite Hoenes cuckoo clock.
The next step in creating a Hoenes cuckoo clock is the adding of the weights that keep the clock operating. These weights, usually shaped like pinecones, are added to the base of the clock. Owners of Hoenes cuckoo clocks have the selection of either a one day clock or an eight day cock. Each Hoenes cuckoo clock will have at least two weights. The first one works the timekeeping function of the clock. The second weight keeps the cuckoo performing. On musical clocks a third weight is present that controls the music. The functioning of the clock is controlled by these weights.
If equipped the music box is next carefully positioned into the clock by hand. After the Hoenes cuckoo clock has been carefully constructed, the clock receives one last inspection by a master clock maker. This insures that the clock will work properly when installed. Created just like they have been for centuries, they will bring delight to their owners for many years to come.

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