Carved Clocks

Carved cuckoo clock

Carved cuckoo clocks are sometimes called the hunter designed or traditional cuckoo clocks. They are a universal cultural icon in many homes as they demonstrate sophisticated carvings and themes.

The origin of the hand-carved cuckoo clock is still not clear but is argued to have been somewhere in the mid-1800s in the Black Forest areas of Germany. In the modern world, they are famous for their meticulous carvings and rich wooden artistry.

Carved cuckoo clocks depict two themes. The first one is the hunting theme with all elements of the game and hunters. The second one is the wildlife-themed cuckoo clock that displays aspects of nature.

Other types of Carved Cuckoo Clock:

This was the most popular cuckoo clocks before the existence of the Black Forest ones. They come with a simple design that consists of a square frame and semicircular arcs.

These are mostly old school designed Black Forests. They exhibit unique antiques and depict rich history and tradition that date back to the 17th century.

This is a cuckoo clock that has a mix of tradition as well as modern elements. It combines the culture of the Black Forest and the contemporary work of art.

How cuckoo clocks are made

The steps of creating a cuckoo clock are as follows:

Designing the clock

This involves choosing the elements to include in the cock such as the theme, style, and color

Making the clock case

Hand carving the elements

All the details are cut according to the chosen design. The clock hands and dials are also engraved.

Painting the clock

Assembling the clock movement

Bringing together the mechanical elements, either the one day or eight days movement.

Manufacturing the copper chain

Making the driving mechanism

This step involves creating the cone-shaped weight.

Making selection for the music to be included in the music box

Making a selection for the music tone

You can either choose the 22 sounds or the 36 tones.

Crafting the “coo-coo” sound from wooden pipes that are connected to cloth bellow

Generating the gong sound

This is the sound used on the hour mark.

Carving the pendulum

Wiring up the elements of mechanical movement

Calibrating the clock and making fine-tuning it

This step involves setting and testing the functionality of the clock.