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FAQs we get about our Cuckoo Clocks

How Often do I Need to Wind a Cuckoo Clock?

Well, that depends on the type of cuckoo clock that you own.  There are two primary types of cuckoo clocks: 1-day and 8-day movements.  Cuckoo clocks with a 1-day movement run for approximately 30 hours, at which point you’ll need to wind it again, whereas 8-day cuckoo clocks run for just over a week.

How Can I Tell the Difference Between a 1-Day and 8-Day Cuckoo Clock?

The easiest way to tell the difference between a 1-day and 8-day cuckoo clock is to look for the weight.  8-day cuckoo clocks are typically characterized by a larger weight (looks like a pine cone) than its 1-day counterpart.  If you’re looking for a more “hands-off” approach to maintaining a cuckoo clock, it’s recommended that you choose an 8-day model.  On the other hand, if you enjoy the act of winding up your cuckoo clock regularly, choose the 1-day model.

Who Built the World’s First Cuckoo Clock?

This is a question that remains up for debate.  What historians do know, however, is that it originated out of Germany’s Black Forest during the 18th century, with some of the first examples appearing during 1740-1750.  Since then, cuckoo clocks have spread rapidly throughout the region, with people from all walks of life seeking to own this brilliant work of art.

What Material are Cuckoo Clocks Made of?

You’ll find cuckoo clocks are made using a variety of different materials.  However, the single most common material used in their construction is Limetree (also known as Linden Tree).  Found throughout much of Europe, these trees are prized for their carving attributes.  Woodworkers can easily carve intricate, highly detailed designs directly into the wood, making it the perfect choice of material for cuckoo clocks.

How Many Different Styles are There?

Cuckoo clocks typically come in one of three different styles: Black Forest chalet, Swiss chalet, and Bavarian chalet, each of which is named after the traditional house depicted by the cuckoo clock.

Can I Disable the Music?

Cuckoo clocks live up to their namesake by producing a distinct sound that resembles that of a cuckoo’s call.  This typically occurs once an hour, on the hour.  The good news is that some of the modern-day cuckoo clocks are being manufactured with a special switch that allows the sound to be temporarily disabled.  So if you’re looking to get some peace and quiet, just disable the cuckoo call and you are good to go!