Cuckoo Clock of the Year Award Winner - 2009
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8-Day Black Forest Cuckoo Clock
Movements: Spinning dancers
Night shut off: Automatic - Exclusively from Fehrenbach!
Music: Featuring 2 separate, alternating songs on each hour
Songs: Edelweiss and The Happy Wanderer
Additional features: Premium 5-year warranty
Size (cm): 55 x 78 x 28
Size (inches): 21.7 x 30.7 x 11
Chalet cuckoo clocks are known for their bright colors, a multitude of figurines and attention to small details. This clock, which is the 2009 first place award winner for Cuckoo Clock of the Year, is no exception. The Cuckoo Clock of the Year award is given out by the Black Forest Clock Association, or VDS, and is a highly coveted title within the industry. It is easy to see why this cuckoo clock was able to take first place as it is desirable not only for its size, but for its unique design as well.
The theme for this cuckoo clock is that of a Black Forest farmstead. The clock’s most intriguing element is its use of two separate outbuildings. Generally, the outbuildings are only hinted at by attaching small sheds to the main clock case. Here, the outbuildings are represented as completely separate stand-alone structures. Starting on the far right facing the clock is the family chapel. It is rustically carved with a hand shingled roof and its own bell tower. Colorful green pine trees are placed around its perimeter, as well as small fences and a white gravel pathway. Near the chapel stands the farmer, leaning on his reaping scythe after a hard day in the fields. A full hay cart is placed nearby to show that he has reached the end of his labors. Behind him stands a brown and white dairy cow. Her coloration matches to the brown in the farmer’s clothing and to the stain used throughout the rest of the clock. In front of the chapel fencing a small white cat hides between some woodpiles. The reason for this is soon apparent as the viewer’s eye is guided towards the farmer’s German Shephard dog. The dog stands at attention before his master, ready to deal with any threats to the farmstead. Continuing past the dog is a woodcarving bench for making wooden roof shingles. Farmers in the Black Forest would often cut these shingles as a way to make money during the long winter months.
On the far left hand side of the clock is a free-standing storage shed that mirrors the chapel and serves to balance the design. The shed itself is similar in construction to the chapel with a hand shingled roof and gingerbread work above a window with green shutters. It is surrounded by farming implements, woodpiles and barrels; as well as pine trees and fencing. In front of the shed stands a little boy dressed all in blue holding a small goat. After demonstrating he has the ability to care for his little friend, he will one day be entrusted with looking after the larger animals. The main farmhouse is finished with a half-timbered façade of light and dark stain. It has two separate dormers, yet another bell tower and an impressive hand shingled roof with widely set eaves. This cuckoo clock manages to capture each element of a working farm like no other. The viewer can expect to always find some new hidden detail to enjoy!