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Ultimate Cuckoo Clock Guide

Posted by Megan Mahoney on

So you decided that you need a cuckoo clock.

Congratulations!

But when you google “cuckoo clocks” the result is a little overwhelming. 

cuckoo clock results

You are bombarded with approximately 2,400,000 cuckoo clocks and have no idea where to start.

And what is all the terminology? Black Forest? Chalet? 8 Day?

It’s really not that complicated.

I’ll point you in the right direction with these few simple steps.

 

Decide the niche of cuckoo clock you want.

 

There are a number of different niches of cuckoo clocks.

What I mean by that is say an authentic German cuckoo versus a plastic cuckoo, versus a homemade cuckoo.

I think each is splendid for certain situations, though I cannot pretend to be in expert in any other than the authentic German cuckoo.

 

So what is an authentic German cuckoo clock?

Authentic German cuckoos are usually called Black Forest cuckoo clocks as they are made in the famous Black Forest in Germany.

The Black Forest is actually the birthplace of cuckoo clocks and many of the cuckoo shops there today are run by fifth, sixth and seventh generation cuckoo clock makers. You can read more about cuckoo clock history, but for now, I'll continue with the matter at hand. 

So if you see a clock advertised as a Black Forest clock, they are likely advertising it as an authentic German clock. I’ll share with you later on how to tell if the cuckoo is actually a real Black Forest clock or if it is being falsely advertised. 

 

Where to buy your cuckoo clock from

 

This is the next big hurdle.

You may have found a couple of clocks that you like at different stores, but there are a few other factors that you should weigh in.

If you found my shop, you are probably either in the United States or Canada.

If that’s the case, I recommend that you buy from an American or Canadian cuckoo clock shop.

You may be thinking “But isn’t this about buying a German cuckoo clock?”

But they are true authentic German cuckoo clocks.

Many cuckoo clock shops in North America truly are German cuckoo shops. We have close working relationships with our partners in Germany and every August, large shipments of cuckoo clocks are sent over for our North American customers.

 

Why it benefits you

A cuckoo shop like mine gets a bulk shipping discount and I also get a wholesale price.

It might seem cheaper to buy your clock from Germany, but after adding in shipping costs and the German store’s mark up, it usually ends up about the same price or more.

 

Concerns of Overseas Purchases

If you are set on buying from a German shop I recommend you consider just a couple of concerns that usually arise.

-If an issue occurs you must pay to ship it back.

Most cuckoo clock shops are happy to exchange with you, should an issue arise, though the international shipping costs will be on you.

-Differing Time Zones/Languages

If you have a lot of time on your hands this isn’t an issue. But if your cuckoo clock arrives with an issue or if you have a question, a different time zone and language could complicate the matter more than necessary. Most cuckoo clock shops have reached out to international fans, and as a result are adequately equipped to deal with these issues, though I don’t recommend the trouble if it can be avoided.

If you ever have the chance to visit Germany yourself, that is always a fabulous way to pick out your cuckoo clock, but even then, most store owners recommend shipping the clock home rather than carrying it on a plane yourself.

 

Ebay vs Amazon vs Online Shop vs Germany

 

All three of these places have a thriving market, and may be a great way to find your next cuckoo clock.

Though as I want you prepared with the best information possible, I think it necessary that I adress the pros and cons with each option.

 

Ebay

It can be a fantastic way to find a unique cuckoo clock. Most sellers on Ebay are individuals that have one clock they just don’t need anymore.

Because of this, you will likely find the most interesting and unusual kinds of clocks on Ebay. And usually at pretty great prices!

The dangers of Ebay are that you can’t always get in touch with the seller after your cuckoo clock has arrived. This often leads to frustrated buyers with broken clocks.

But if you’re a good handyman and up for the gamble, it could be a great option for you!

 

Amazon

Amazon is a good deal safer than Ebay with sellers having more acceptability and a number of professional stores.

The risks of Amazon with regard to cuckoo clocks in particular is the lack of knowledgable sellers and accurate presentation of the clocks.

I have had past customers complain that they thought they were buying an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock only to find that it was a mere plastic copy of a Black Forest clock with a “Made in China” sticker on the back.

What I do love about Amazon is the easy access to hundreds of reviews.

 

Online Shop

If I was to buy another cuckoo clock, I would definitely buy from an online shop based in my country. I like to be able to talk directly to who I am making a purchase with. It is also easier to figure out how reputable the seller is. Should you ever encounter an issue with your clock over the course of its lifetime, it is nice to have someone knowledgeable to ask questions.

German Shop

 

If you ever have a chance to visit Germany and actually see a real German cuckoo clock shop in the Black Forest, that is definitely authenticity at its best! Many people will choose to buy a cuckoo clock while on vacation and this can be a great option. One concern with this is that most cuckoo clock shops recommend that you DO NOT carry your cuckoo clock back with you on the plane. This is because there are many special instructions on packing cuckoo clocks, but also simply because baggage at airports tends to be handled quite roughly regardless of how many fragile stickers adorn your suitcase. Therefore, you will often have to face the same issues as if you were to simply buy your clock directly from an online shop located in Germany.

What you should do if you're in Germany...

What I recommend is browsing the store and picking out your favorite clock and getting the SKU number. Once you have the SKU number, you can most likely buy the exact same cuckoo clock from an online store in your country. This eliminates shipping costs and usually provides an easier process on the whole.

A note on yard sales…

I have seen many people walk away from yard sales with fantastic bargains! And others… not so much. A yard sale is definitely a gamble, but at least you do see exactly what you’re buying! If you want a clock that you are sure will work, or a project, this could be a great option for you. However, if you want a sure bet, I recommend steering clear. Few are truly authentic Black Forest cuckoo clocks, and the resale value is usually not near what a registered Black Forest cuckoo clock is. But if you’re up for the added challenge, I won’t stop you!

 

 

What clock should I purchase?

One of my favorite aspects of cuckoo clock shopping! There are a number of different cuckoo clocks styles available. Each clock is unique and all of the clocks Designed in Time carries are handmade. Nonetheless, there are a couple of basic styles that you may here about on your search for the perfect cuckoo. Here are a couple of them:

 

Carved Cuckoo Clock

The carved cuckoo clock (also called “traditional”) is appropriately named so as it is made purely of wood from the Black Forest.  Therefore, most traditional clocks feature the most iconic elements of Black Forest wildlife. Many will have a bird or deer carved onto the frame with several leaves. The most standard kind of carved cuckoo clock will feature a bird on top of a triangular roof and five leaves surrounding the case of the clock. Some of them feature hand painted leaves.

Another common theme is the deer hunting theme. This will usually feature a deer head or an entire deer perched on top of the clock’s roof. More elaborate deer themed cuckoo clocks will feature a rabbit, squirrel or bird on the sides of the clock case. The deer hunting theme derives from the Black Forest, as hunting was a large part of the lives of villagers during the time cuckoo clocks were first invented. I included a few of my favorite carved cuckoos below:

Engstler 1 Day White and Gold Cuckoo Clock 15-13WHones 12.5" 1 Day 400/3F Carved Cuckoo Clocks

 

Chalet Cuckoo Clock

Chalet cuckoo clocks are more recent than traditional cuckoo clocks and the main attraction of the clock is the chalet (a small house).

They will typically feature a scene that would have been common in a country village and are known for their figurine movement. Chalet clocks are brightly colored in contrast to carved cuckoo clocks. There are also three different styles of chalet cuckoo clock; the Schwarzwald, Swiss and Bavarian. The Schwarzwald depicts houses from the Black Forest. The Swiss style depicts houses from Switzerland and the Bavarian is of houses from Bavarian region.

Now they are all usually just referred to as “chalet”, but the die hard cuckoo fan can see the difference ;)

It is not uncommon to find a scene with woodchoppers, beer drinkers, hunters or farmers in a chalet cuckoo clock. The Chalet style is often the most popular as many cuckoo lovers enjoy the scenes of merrymaking and traditional entertainment. Indeed, it has won the majority of the cuckoo clock of the year contests in the Black Forest. Here are some examples of the chalet cuckoo clock:

Hones 14" 8 Day Chalet Music 86205T Cuckoo Clock

 

Now we get into some of the rather rare examples of cuckoo clocks. Unfortunately, we don’t carry any of them yet, but I think you might enjoy them nonetheless.

 

Shield Cuckoo Clock

Did you know that the first cuckoo clock actually was simply a clock dial and a cuckoo bird? Yup! The shield clock was the earliest form of cuckoo clock and is a rare gem today. Where they lack in carving, they certainly make up for it in their stunning paintings and embellishments. They are truly a work of art! They are not as commonly manufactured today, but the occasional clockmaker does sometimes still produce them. They still feature a cuckoo bird and typical clock, but they do not feature a case of any sort. When shield clocks were first made, they usually featured scenes of peace- some of religious scenes and some of landscapes.

 

Rail House

The Rail House is a type of cuckoo clock inspired by the construction of the railway in the Black Forest. It was actually a winning clock design from a clock making competition in the 1800s and is a model of the rail houses along the rail way. Much like the traditional styled cuckoo clock, this differs as it does not have any leaves or animals. It is actually the bridge between the shield clock and the traditional/carved style cuckoo clock that we see today. The rail house cuckoo came after the shield clock and is responsible for the cuckoo clock cases that are commonly seen today. They are still popular today and a number of them can be found available for purchase. In fact, the Rail House style has also had its fair share of triumphs at the cuckoo clock of the year contest. An interesting fact about the Rail House cuckoo clock is that its first model actually lacked the cuckoo bird due to budget constraints. Today you can find Rail House cuckoo clocks with and without the cuckoo bird. Even without the cuckoo bird, we still generally consider them cuckoo clocks as they were so instrumental in the development of the modern cuckoo clock.

 

Modern

Modern cuckoo clocks have been the rave of the last several years and come in so many different styles, I don’t think even a whole post could quite cover it. In fact, I think that as long as it is unique, new and contains a cuckoo bird, it could be called a modern cuckoo clock! Rombach and Haas has been a major contributor in the modernization of the cuckoo clock and a few of their styles include the “Bauhaus” (which quite literally means “construction house”) the “Pyramid” and the “Free Bird” styles. I did a more comprehensive post on modern cuckoo clocks not long ago that I encourage you to visit. They really are the most imaginative and creative clocks I have witnessed thus far.

 

When you are buying a cuckoo clock though, usually people purchase a carved or chalet cuckoo clock.

 

So now that you know a little more about the style of cuckoo clocks, its time to pick out which movement you want.

A quick backstory on the movements of cuckoo clocks.

Cuckoo clocks are most known for their ability to operate from pure mechanical engineering. It’s quite an impressive process of true artistry and ingenuity that I encourage you to explore. What is essential for you to know before buying your cuckoo clock is that each cuckoo has movement or is battery operated.

 

1 Day

You’ve probably come across this term on your search and it’s a useful one to understand. A 1 Day simply means that the cuckoo clock will run for approximately 24 hours before its weights reach the end of their chains and need to be rewound. So what does that mean for you? You just have to rewind your clock once per day by pulling the weights back up. It takes about 15 seconds, but some people prefer not to do it every day. And I must admit that I would prefer not to waste 15 seconds every day, so if you’re like me than I recommend you check out the…

 

8 Day

The 8 day cuckoo clock has the exact same mechanism as the 1 Day cuckoo clock, except that you only have to rewind the 8 day cuckoo clock once a week. So instead of tending to your cuckoo clock for 105 seconds every week you only have to tend to it for 15 second a week. And hey, I can make a coffee in those 105 seconds! The only downside of the 8 day cuckoo clock is that it is a little more expensive than the 1 Day cuckoo. This is because the 8 day cuckoo clock is considered the most authentic and luxurious kind of cuckoo clock. It is a coveted feature that a many die hard cuckoo clock enthusiasts consider a must-have.

 

Quartz:

The final option you have is the quartz cuckoo clock. The quartz cuckoo clock does not operate mechanically at all. In fact, it is powered by a battery rather than weights. Many quartz cuckoo clocks still have decorative weights, though they exist solely for their appearance rather than function. A traditional mechanical 1 or 8 Day cuckoo clock will have its time and (if it features it) music run by the mechanical weights, but a quartz clock keeps time by battery and usually features a recorded cuckoo call, rather than wind blowing through the bellows from the mechanics of the clock. The benefit of a quartz cuckoo clock is that it never has to be rewound and therefore requirers much less maintenance. They also are typically more affordable than a mechanical cuckoo clock. The only downside of the quartz cuckoo clocks is that they are not considered the most traditional as they were not invented until recently. Nonetheless, all of our quartz clocks are still made by the same manufacturers that produce our mechanical clocks and are therefore still German clocks that come directly from the Black Forest. They are made of the exact same material and the same makers of traditional clocks hand-make them.

 

Do You Want Music?

 

Music can be the greatest attraction to the cuckoo clock and I personally always want my clocks to have music. If you are worried about it waking you up in the middle of the night, I recommend that you purchase a clock with night shut off. I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.

Several important sub questions go with this:

How often will the music play?

This depends on the movement of your clock.

-Typically, an 8 Day clock will play music every hour

-1 Day clocks will play music on the half hour and the hour.

-If you have a quartz clock, it will generally play a song on the hour with about twelve different melodies.

How many tones are in a musical cuckoo clock?

There are about 18-36 different tones in a musical cuckoo clock. Clocks with a higher number of tones typically have a higher quality of sound.

What are the tunes in my cuckoo clock?

It varies, however the most common are “Der fröhliche Wanderer” translated as “The Happy Wanderer” as well as Edelweiss.

Chalet clocks, particularly with beer drinkers, may feature songs such as In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus" and "Trink, Brüderlein Trink”

 

 

Night Shut-Off

Night Shut off is a wonderful feature that many cuckoo clocks now feature. Sometimes called “Silent Mode”, this feature allows you to enjoy the cuckoo bird’s call as well as the music at your convenience. Any kind of cuckoo clock can feature night shut off and the 8 Day cuckoo clock is typically the most likely to feature it. Quartz clocks have also become popular candidates for night shut off as their popularity has grown dramatically over the past couple of years.

 

Is there a Best Brand?

The short answer to that question is no. But I would like to introduce you to a couple of brands that I certainly think are amongst the highest quality. Designed in Time carries Engstler and Hones cuckoo clocks, but there are a number of other great brands including Adolf Herr, Anton Schneider, Rombach & Haas and August Schwer.

 

Engstler Cuckoo Clocks

The Engstler Cuckoo clock shop was founded in 1952 when Josef Engstler opened his cuckoo clock shop in Vilingen. This is a small town in the Black Forest that still remains home to Engstler cuckoo clocks. Now in its third generation of cuckoo clock making, the Engstler company is run by Gerold Engstler and is supported by approximately 20 employees. They have a distinct style and quality that have long since set them apart from other clockmakers and have been combining age old hard work and skill with modern technology. They are proud to offer traditional carved, chalet, novelty and quarter call cuckoo clocks.

 

Hones Cuckoo Clocks

Many of the best cuckoo clocks in the world come from a small factory in the Black Forest by the name of Hones. Founded in 1950, Hones Uhren was the clock shop and factory that resulted from Daniel Hones’ passion and dedication to the future of the cuckoo clock.

Now with multiple Black Forest Clock of the Year awards, Hones cuckoo clocks is heralded as one of the top makers of Black Forest cuckoos.

In addition to the cuckoo clock, Hones also manufacturers grandfather clocks and anything else that is trending in the Black Forest.

They offer 450 different styles and models.

You can find 1 day, 8 day, chalet, quartz and carved cuckoos in a variety of prices and artistic designs. 

 

What is a Typical Warranty?

The best part about buying from an online shop is that you can usually get a good warranty on your cuckoo clock. Most warranties last for about two years, but fear not, that doesn’t mean that your cuckoo clock will only last for two years. Our warranty is limited to defects in the materials and workmanship and this is standard for most clock shops. I always encourage that you read the full warranty prior to purchasing. Another note on warranties is that you usually must provide proof of purchase, so I recommend that you do not throw out your receipt.

Besides the warranty, you can always contact us for general questions. If your cuckoo clock has any issue we recommend contacting a professional prior to making any major adjustments yourself. If you break it doing repair yourself, most cuckoo clock shops won’t grant you the warranty.

Bottom line- read it thoroughly before purchasing.

 

Can I have a cuckoo clock with kids/pets?

Absolutely! Cuckoo clocks may charm your friends, but your kids will find them enchanting.

So how can I have my kids enjoy the cuckoo clock without breaking it?

Well for starters, you might want to hang it a little higher than you might normally hang a cuckoo clock. The usual height to hang a cuckoo clock is approximately 6-7 feet. 1 Day cuckoo clocks are normally hung at 6 feet and 8 Day cuckoo clocks are normally hung at about 7 feet.

If you have cats, an 8 day cuckoo clock weight is likely to be too heavy for them to get into any serious trouble.

Though regardless of if you have kids or pets, I recommend that you loop the chains just in case.

 

Unpacking Your Cuckoo Clock

It has finally arrived and you are probably very eager to unpack it! Before you jump into it- a few words of caution.

Make sure that you keep the box as well as any parts used for packing the cuckoo clock. (This includes the wires inserted on the bellows and the wire for the chains- I’ll explain in a minute). This is so that if you ever have to move or ship your clock, you already have everything you need. You can also watch this tutorial about unpacking a cuckoo clock.

So onto the unpacking process!

1.) Make sure you are opening the box on the correct side!

2.)Read through the manual, as it will give you great instructions that come with the packaging.

3.)Take off the back of the clock.*Note that this video opens the back of the clock by prying it open with a screw driver. Some clocks will have two holes on the removable part of the back where you can just put your fingers in.

    -Remove the paper under the coil wire on the back that you just removed

    -Remove transport safety device on cuckoo bell- these are the two (or in some cases        one) tabs that are attached to the bellows

4.) Put the back of the clock on again

5.) Now take a sizable screw and insert it at an angle into where you plan to hang your clock

6.)Hang your clock

7.)Look at the bottom of your clock and take off the paper encasing the chains and remove wire encasing chain links

8.)Insert pendulum into the hole at the bottom of the cuckoo clock

9.)Attach weights to provided hooks

10.) Depending on the clock, you may have to remove a tab on the cuckoo door, so that it can open

11.)If your clock comes with the ability to shut off the sound, make sure you turn it on. Some cuckoo clocks have a wire located next to the weights that you can pull. Others have a black lever on the side you can slide

12.)Pull the pendulum once

 

You are all set!! You can now enjoy your authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock! And don’t forget to keep the Black Forest Seal!

 

Hanging your cuckoo clock

Where to hang it

There are a couple of things to consider when hanging your cuckoo clock. First, make sure that where is hang your clock isn’t particularly humid or dusty. The temperature should also be around 60-80 degrees. I would caution against hanging it too close a fireplace, both because your cuckoo house and the real house might burn down, but also because it might get too warm for the cuckoo. Cuckoo clocks do not like sudden temperature change. Overall, your clock should be fine as long as it is inside and treated with care.

One other note is that the cuckoo clock should not be placed anywhere with a mild to strong breeze. This could be an open window or by a fan. A common issue is that it will inhibit the pendulum from swinging freely and therefore cause your cuckoo clock to stop working.

 

How to hang it

When you have drywall:

 

The best way to securely hang a cuckoo clock is a stud. A stud is simply a piece of wood under the drywall that will act as a frame. You can find them at every electrical outlet and every corner. They usually are spaced 16” apart, so you can measure 16” from the corner.

 

If you hang your cuckoo clock by a stud all you need is a minimum 2-inch screw. This you will screw into the wall with the head of the screw tilted slightly upward or about a 45-degree angle. We recommend you leave 1 to a 1/2 inch for the clock to hang on. This is a very sturdy and secure way to hang your cuckoo clock.

If you do not have a stud... 

then you must get an anchor. 

This is what we recommend that you purchase

If not this, we recommend that you buy something that is good for 75lbs. It may seem a bit overboard as your cuckoo clock does not weigh that much, but it is a better to be safe than sorry!

 

This is a great tutorial on how to install an anchor. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFLxQ9aNlrY

 

Maintenance

Your cuckoo clock shouldn’t need much maintenance as long as you don’t damage it getting it out of the box. We recommend getting it oiled by a professional cuckoo repairmen once every couple of years. If your cuckoo clock does not run properly, it may be an issue with grit in the gears, and then you will have to have it oiled. I have a few tips on oiling cuckoo clocks below, but I recommend that you take it to a shop to have a professional do the job.

 

You will also want to occasionally dust your cuckoo clock to reduce any build up of grime. This can sometimes cause a cuckoo clock to malfunction. You can either do this yourself or have it sent out to repair.

 

 

Common Troubleshooting (If it isn’t working right out of the box)

If you just got your cuckoo clock back from a repair shop or just bought it and you are having issues, here are a couple of quick fixes. This could very well save you another trip to the repair shop!

 

-Is your cuckoo clock tilted? Make sure it is level and flush with the wall.

-Did you let the chains down and attach the weights?

-Did you start the pendulum? (Move it once back and then you should hear a tick-tock sound)

-Also make sure the cuckoo clock  isn’t placed by a breeze that is causing the pendulum to stop

-Did you unlatch the cuckoo’s door? (Look for a small wire on the cuckoo bird’s door)

-Did you take out the paper from inside the cuckoo’s gong? (this is located on the inside of the back removable panel of the clock case)

-Did you remove the clips from the bellows? (They are two wire clips usually attached to a brightly colored paper)

-Have you wound the weights? This is done simply by winding the chains until the weights (pine cone shaped) are at the top of the cuckoo clock. Do the chains have any knots in them? This could prevent the weights from lowering correctly.

-If the clock isn’t running, move the minute hand back half an hour and then forward to the hour. Now let it cuckoo. Start the pendulum.

 

My cuckoo isn’t calling or the music box does not play

If your cuckoo clock isn’t calling or if the music box does not play, check that the shutoff lever isn’t turned to the off position. The shut off lever is located on the side of the cuckoo clock. Note- sometimes the stickers on the side are translated incorrectly from German to English. Try both ways to see if either works. Do not leave the lever in the middle.

 

My cuckoo clock doesn’t have an even tick tock

Sometimes you have to tilt the clock slightly to the left or right. Experiment with it until you get an even tick tock.

 

My Gong is too loud/quiet

Open the back of your cuckoo clock. Look at the gong and you will see a hammer inside. It can be bent ever so slightly to adjust the volume of the gong sound. Bend the hammer farther away from the gong to make it quieter and closer to the gong to make it softer.

  

Common Troubleshooting (If it worked at one point)

My cuckoo clock runs too fast/slow

If your cuckoo clock is not running at the correct speed, there is an easy fix.

This is probably just because your pendulum is moving too fast or too slow. The length of the pendulum determines how fast it swings, so you need to either lengthen or shorten it.

It runs too fast:

-Lengthen the pendulum by moving the bob down

It runs too slow

-Shorten the pendulum by moving the bob up

What is the bob?

Below is a picture of the bob. The bob is simply the leaf part of the cuckoo clock

Cuckoo Clock Pendulum

How much should I move the bob?

This is really just guesswork. Make an educated guess and then compare it with a working watch/clock/iPhone for about 24 hours. Then you can continue to adjust as necessary.

A note on this issue- this is usually the result of a cuckoo clock being in humidity and temperature changes.

 

My cuckoo strikes a different hour from what is shown on the clock

This often occurs because you have accidentally moved the hour hand manually causing the hours to jump.

Fix this by moving the minute hand to the next hour and count how many calls the cuckoo makes. Now move the hour hand until you have reached the number of calls you just counted. For example, let’s say that you counted 3 cuckoo calls when you moved the minute hand to the next hour. Now move the hour hand until you hear 3 cuckoo calls.

Now you can reset the time by using the minute hand.

 

I need to replace the chains on my cuckoo clock

You may need to replace the chains of your cuckoo clock during its lifetime. Should you need to do this here are a few simple instructions.

If the chain is still on the clock: Start at the bottom with the hook and open the link. Then you can remove the hook and attach a new chain to the previous chain.

Feed the chain through by winding the clock as usual. Remove the old chain once the new one is through the clock and place the chain hook and ring onto the new chain.

 

If your chain has come off the cuckoo clock: Start by holding the cuckoo clock upside down. Feed the chain through the opening in the bottom of the cuckoo clock. Begin turning the gear with your finger and guide the chain over the gear. Now you can start turning the clock to its upright position, but continue to turn the gear as you do so.

 

How Do I Oil My Cuckoo Clock?

I usually recommend that you take your cuckoo clock to a repair shop if it needs oiling. Cuckoo clocks used to use whale oil, though as that has now been banned, the most common oils used today tend to evaporate. Here is a guide that can help you, but I will say that you have been warned!

How To Oil A Cuckoo Clock

-Use only a little oil. If oil is running down the plate, too much has been applied

-The needle oiler can reach under cans and lift arms to oil pivot points

-Remember using too much oil may lead to early clock failure

-Dirty pivot points may be partially cleaned with alcohol and using a Q-Tip

-Under normal conditions, you cuckoo clock should only be oiled once every 2-3 Years

 

How do I replace that hands on a Black Forest Cuckoo Clock?

This is actually not a difficult operation, but it is best if it can be avoided. Hands are usually broken when you place the cuckoo clock down on the clock face side.

But let’s say the damage is done. This is how you can replace the hands of your Black Forest cuckoo clock.

1.) Remove the nut from your cuckoo clock that holds the hands. Note if the center shaft holding the minute hand is square or round. Also note the position the hands are in. Now you can take the hands off your cuckoo clock.

2.) Measure the length of the minute hand starting form the center of the shaft to the edge of the dial. Now you can do a quick search here for the correct size and style of the hands your clock needs.

3.) Once your new clock hands arrive place the hour hand on first and then the minute hand. Now you can tighten the nut.

 

 

Packing Your Cuckoo Clock

Hopefully you never have to send it to a repair shop, though if you do need to, or if you are moving, note that packing a cuckoo clock is a very important process that should be done correctly. One of the most common issues with moving/shipping cuckoo clocks is that the chains fall off. Usually, if this happens, you have to send it out again for repair!

Hopefully you didn’t throw out that original packing box! If you did, try to find a box that closely resembles the original packing box. The key is to make sure that your box isn’t too big for the clock. You want the clock to fit snuggly as you don’t want items to be jostled.

Securing the Weights

1.) Pull the weights to the top of the clock. Then you can remove the weights from the chains. You can also take off the pendulum at this time.

2.) Find a wire that you can run through all the chains and the pendulum loop to make sure that it doesn’t fall off. This is to prevent the chains from coming off. This is the most important step. If you don’t really understand what I mean I recommend checking out this tutorial https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N36oYVg_LvY

and starting at 1:28. It shows this step (and many others) perfectly.

3.) Put the chains in a small plastic bag.

4.)Roll up that bag with the cuckoo clock’s weight chains and secure the bag so that it stays close to the bottom of the cuckoo clock. You can do this by securing a rubber band around the bag you have rolled up.

Securing the Clock Case

1.) Secure the cuckoo clock door by putting the wire attached to the side of the cuckoo door over the door.

2.) Now turn your clock over. Open the back of the cuckoo clock and insert the keepers back into the cuckoo clock’s bellows.

3.) Slide a piece of paper between the gong and the wood to prevent it from making noise.

4.) Put the cuckoo lid back onto the back of the cuckoo clock.

Your cuckoo clock is now ready to go in its box. Again- make sure that your clock fits snuggly into the box. Use adequate wrapping paper for extra support.


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