Sunday, 3 August 2014

Cuckoo Clocks

I'm Going Cuckoo . . .
About Clocks!

A clock is an instrument to indicate, keep, and co-ordinate time. 

I recall visiting my parent's friends
  in my childhood who had Cuckoo Clocks & being intrigued by them.

A cuckoo clock is a typically pendulum-regulated
 clock traditionally manufactured in the Black Forest in Germany that strikes the hours with a sound like a common cuckoo's call and often has a mechanical cuckoo that emerges with each note. The mechanism to produce the cuckoo call was installed in almost every kind of cuckoo clock since the middle of the 18th century and has remained almost without variation, until the present.

Derided by many as pure kitsch not too long ago, the cuckoo clock is experiencing something of a renaissance. Artists, designers and clock manufacturers are now reinterpreting this so-very-German product. (The Local, 10 April, 2010)

Many of these clocks belong to a friend of ours who is an avid collector & restorer

The love & craftsmanship 
that has gone into the detail of these clocks is amazing

These beautiful vintage clocks 
add an interesting feature to a blank wall


 Cuckoo! Cuckoo!

Here is a link to the beautiful sound of a cuckoo clock also displaying it's mechanics

Internal Mechanics of a clock

Once relegated to the walls of grandma's house or a box in the cellar, the dusty image of the cuckoo clock is getting a polish as the traditional timekeepers get very modern makeovers. Their popularity is growing and their price tags are skyrocketing. (The Local, 10 April, 2010)

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