Memory Lane Clocks

 Cuckoo Clock History

The desire to fill idle time with a useful occupation during long, harsh winters in the mid-17th century created a new home craft in the Black Forest--making clocks.  At first they were only simple timekeepers make of wood and steel wire that were experimentally produced in small quantities, but slowly a new gainful occupation emerged: that of the Black Forest clockmaker, a designation that catapulted the geographically and economically isolated farmer to worldwide fame.

When someone mentions the Black Forest , the cuckoo clock immediately comes to mind.  The first cuckoo clocks were made around 1738 and since then, they have always been associated with the Black Forest of Germany.  This popular timekeeper was marketed worldwide and even today is probably the most popular clock sold.