Inside the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory 15


Jodie Davis Cuckoo Clock DesignerOh what a dream! To get a peek inside a cuckoo clock factory!* Better yet, inside the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory, the best of all! And better still, while they are making my cuckoo clocks! Someone should have taken a photo of my face when I walked into the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory and saw this. I had no idea they were working on my clocks that day.

Birds Cuckoo Clock

Not just one, but both the Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock and the Backyard Birds Cuckoo Clock at the same time!

Regula movements

It all starts with the parts. Regula movements — only the best! — ready for installation into the clock cases.

cuckoo clock parts

The stacks of boxes and the fabric bolts for the kitty to hop on ooze color in their box awaiting installation.Clock weights

Stacks of weights for both 8-day and 1-day clocks. Looks like art to me.

cuckoo clock cases

The cases arrive from the case maker all ready for the movements and bellows to be installed and the goodies added on.cuckoo clock maker

Here, the animated kitty is being added.

Cuckoo Clock Maker

Once all of the parts are installed the linkages are hooked up and the clock is tested and tweaked until the cuckoo emerges from his door and coos and the figures move in perfect unison.

cuckoo clock quality

Once everything is just right on the clock maker’s bench the clocks are hung for testing.
testing cuckoo clocks

They are checked for keeping accurate time, the correct operation of the animation, and a perfect cuckoo.
Inside the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory

Once a clock is just right it is ready for boxing. Not all make the first cut! Schneider is known for their quality for good reason.Tobias cuckoo clock maker and Jodie Davis designer

When we were introduced clock maker Tobias he was visibly happy to meet me. It means a lot to know the people we work with, especially when such love of the craft is involved. Few have these skills today, so I treasure the Schneider team not only for what they do for me, but for keeping the craft of the cuckoo clock alive. Many of you reading this are quilters, this has even deeper meaning for us.

Jodie Davis

 

 

 

*P.S. Unfortunately, there are no cuckoo clock factory tours. These are small operations, so tours would interfere considerably with production. Since Anton Schneider makes my clocks, I had the privilege of meeting the clock makers.

In the future I plan to take you on a virtual tour of clock making via video. Not only in the factory, but also to meet the other crafts people who make the movements,  bellows, cases, and all the wonderful goodies that make the clocks operate and make them so charming. It’s fascinating!


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15 thoughts on “Inside the Anton Schneider Cuckoo Clock Factory

  • Maryellen McAuliffe

    Thanks for sharing this. It was fun to see it, and meet some of the craftsmen and women. You must have been so excited to see yours on the wall like that. I’m excited for you!

    • JOdieRD Post author

      It was a complete surprise to find them there in production Mary Ellen. The manager was excited like a little kid when he led me up to see them in production. Pinch me!

      ~Jodie

  • dora sumner

    I have loved cuckoo clocks all my 68 years of life. When my husband was in the army in 1964, he sent a huge clock home to his family and it is hanging in my diningroom. It won’t run but a few minutes and then it quits. Several ppl have worked on it and it still won’t stay running.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Dora,

      You’re lucky that you discovered them so early! It wasn’t until I was about 40 that one crossed my path and charmed me.

      I can almost guarantee you it needs a real good cleaning by a good cuckoo doc. Do you have one near you?

      ~Jodie

  • Diane

    This is so interesting! Thank you Jodie for adding these pics and info. I am wondering if you know how and where one can get trained to make cuckoo clocks. Some of our military veterans may be very interested in learning this rare skill.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Diane,

      So glad you enjoyed it!

      The young clock makers in Germany first graduated from horology school. So that’s the place to start. I wonder if we have any here. Then of course there would need to be an cuckoo clock factory here to employ them, and knowledgeable managers to teach them the skills special to cuckoos… and a demand for non-Black Forest cuckoo clocks. Certainly would take a lot of time and considerable investment to get started!

      ~Jodie

  • Elaine Hoffman

    Your Cuckoo Clocks are just beautifully breathtaking! How exciting to see all the work that is put into them. I especially like the ones that have a theme as the Quilter one! God has given you a special talent so you must always put it to good use. I had to give up doing craft shows because of my age setting up etc. but I still do painting (acrylic) for family members. My grandchildren will have something to remember me by!

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Thanks for the kind words Elaine. Having come from the quilting world I am finding it incredibly interesting that people have cuckoo history in families just as they do quilt history. Just as grandma made quilts grandma had a cuckoo clock on the wall. It’s all about making memories, as you know and are doing!

      Hugs,
      ~Jodie

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Margaret,

      The Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock is available here: Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock. Both 1- and 8-day are in stock right now. You can order it right there on that page.

      The American Barn Cuckoo Clock is in production right now. I will put it on the web site as soon as I get photos and a video and firm up pricing. I expect the first batch here at the end of May.

      If you have any questions please feel free to call me at the number in the footer. Or email me at cuckoo@thecuckooclockdesigner.com

      Thanks for asking!

      Jodie

  • Beth Grosnick

    I sure do think you have a wonderful business. I do look on the site often to see what is going on. Now I have to find a way to afford one of your beautiful creations.

    • JOdieRD Post author

      Hi Beth,

      That’s so sweet!

      Yes, it’s an amazing business. I haven’t shared much of the journey, but three years ago the company I had started got bought and bought again. (I didn’t own it.) Single, had to find a new way to support myself and my horses. So I started two businesses. Fortunately this one started taking off. It’s been tough as all businesses are, but just as my savings ran out I was able to start paying myself a wee bit the first of the year. What’s truly amazing is that I’m opening up a market of people that wouldn’t purchase a traditional clock — something that has needed doing. My hope is to give the cuckoo industry a shot of vitality.

      The American Barn Cuckoo Clock will debut shortly, with the first batch arriving in May. Then a Modern Quilt Cuckoo Clock, a Christmas Shop Cuckoo Clock, and several others this year. So you can be saving up while you what for that gotta-have-it clock!

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It means a lot.

      ~Jodie