This eight day musical German Black forest cuckoo clock features a man chopping wood in front of his cottage surrounded by hand-carved trees and deer. At the top of every hour the man chops his axe, the waterwheel turns, the dancers revolve, and the clock plays one of two different twenty-eight note melodies, Edelweiss and the Happy Wanderer. Three cast iron pine cone weights are suspended beneath the clock case by three separate brass chains. The hand-made pendulum continously swings back and forth which controls the timing of the clock. On every hour the cuckoo bird emerges from a swinging door above the clock dial and counts the hour by cuckooing once per hour. (Example: At one o'clock the bird will cuckoo once. At eight o'clock the bird will cuckoo eight times) The half hour is announced with one cuckoo call. There is a sound shut-off device beneath the base of the cuckoo clock. Pushing the lever up disables the cuckoo birds cuckoo, the woodchopper, waterwheel, and the music. Pulling the lever down enables the man chopping wood, the waterwheel to move and allows the music and cuckoo. The eight day Regula movement is wound once per eight days by raising the three pine cone weights. One weight powers the time, one weight powers the Swiss music box, and the other weight powers the cuckoo bird and cuckoo call, the band, and waterwheel. Great effort has been made to portray each cuckoo clock as accurately as possible. As with many handmade items, the exact coloration and carving may vary slightly from clock to clock. We consider this to be a special part of their character.
- Man chops log with his axe at the top of every hour
- Moving waterwheel and hand-made trees and deer
- Plays two melodies, Edelweiss and the Happy Wanderer
- Dancers revolve on turntable every hour while the music plays
- Wind once every eight days by pulling the three brass chains