Most Schwer cuckoo clocks are handcrafted from good quality wood. Traditionally, the trunk of the Lime tree, or Maple tree, is used in the clock making, as these woods can be easily carved. All the clocks feature the famous cuckoo call. This distinctive sound is made by air chambers, which squeeze air through a whistle. Two bellows are used to produce both sounds, first comes the “cu” and then the “cukoo”. Many traditional clocks have the cuckoo birds with moving wings as well. Others usually feature eagles, sparrows or owls.
The modern designs use other moving figures like dancing couples as attractions. Some even play musicals when the hour is struck. However, these sounds are either tape-recorded or produced electronically. The more expensive clocks use a music box idea to produce the tunes. Most clocks come with the sound turn off the option that enables the users to shut off the sound or the music during their rest hours. Very few also have automatic night shut off feature as well.
Things to Consider When Buying a Schwer Cuckoo Clocks
The schwer cuckoo clocks, for many people, are very much the most favorite clock hangings. Their prices are determined by the wood used in crafting, the extensive handicraft and hand painting done in the making of such a special clock, the birds or the figurines used and the number of musical options. The price also depends on the night shut off feature, the clock’s size, the dials, as well as the hands.
How to assemble a Schwer Cuckoo Clock.
Turn the minute hand counterclockwise to the right hour. Do not touch the hour hand at all as that will cause problems. Just keep turning the minute hand until it reaches the right time. If you choose to do a clockwise turn, you’ll activate the cuckoo and will have to wait until it stops before continuing so counterclockwise is best.
To regulate the schwer clock, remember the saying “lower is slower.” You’ll need to move the pendulum slowly up until it gains time and readjust as needed. If the clock loses time, move the pendulum down. You may need to do this repeatedly until it fully gains time but just make sure that you do it slowly. Have fun setting up your new clock, and enjoy the sounds and music that your family will have for years to come.