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Ultimate Cuckoo Clock Guide

Posted by Megan Mahoney on

Ultimate Cuckoo Clock Guide

So you decided that you need a cuckoo clock. Congratulations! But when you google “cuckoo clocks” the result is a little overwhelming.  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...

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How Cuckoo Clocks Are Made

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How Cuckoo Clocks Are Made

You may take a first glance at cuckoo clocks and think "oh that's nice!" But really. There is a LOT more that goes into it than you might imagine! It takes more than a few days to finish a cuckoo clock and that is after all the materials have been gathered. As an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock must be 100% made in the Black Forest (with the exception of the swiss music box) the factory must first get all of the necessary material from the Black Forest.  So How Is It Made? Ok, here are the finer details- First,...

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Hones Cuckoo Clocks

Posted by Megan Mahoney on

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.  The company has been handed down to the expert hands of Wolfgang Trenkle, who still runs the shop and is president of the company. Coming from a...

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Cuckoo Clock of The Year

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Cuckoo Clock of The Year

Did you know that such a thing exists as the Black Forest Cuckoo Clock of the Year?   Yup! It is a competition amongst clockmakers that is hosted annually by the Black Forest Clock Association. Competitors usually include the most well-known cuckoo clock makers such as Engstler, Hones, Schwer, Schneider, Herr, and Rombach & Haas. Clockmaking contests are an age-old tradition in the Black Forest as they started long before the cuckoo clock was even made. In fact, the modern design of the cuckoo clock was inspired by the winner of one of the most historic clock making competitions ever....

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Engstler Cuckoo Clocks

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Engstler Cuckoo Clocks

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. Despite the latest technology, each Engstler...

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