Oh 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.
It all starts with the parts. Regula movements — only the best! — ready for installation into the clock cases.
The stacks of boxes and the fabric bolts for the kitty to hop on ooze color in their box awaiting installation.
Stacks of weights for both 8-day and 1-day clocks. Looks like art to me.
The cases arrive from the case maker all ready for the movements and bellows to be installed and the goodies added on.
Here, the animated kitty is being added.
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.
Once everything is just right on the clock maker’s bench the clocks are hung for testing.
They are checked for keeping accurate time, the correct operation of the animation, and a perfect cuckoo.
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.
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.
*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!