Craigslist Cuckoo Clock

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  1. blindraccoon

    blindraccoon Donor

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    Once in a blue moon, a nice running or not running clock shows up on CL. I felt fortunate to be first in line to see it. Very reasonably priced. This cuckoo clock is running beautifully, but the bellows need to be replaced, it did have a missing cuckoo door, and one wing has a fairly minor distress, and a couple of chipped oak leaves. Good size @ 23" case x 17" wide crest.
     

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  2. gleber

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    That's a nice looking specimen. Congratulations on the acquisition.

    Tom
     
  3. blindraccoon

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    Thanks Tom, It always feels good when you can be in the right spot at the right time. I was just glancing through CL and the seller had just listed it up for sale. Last time that happened was in 2015.
     
  4. gleber

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    My last attempt for a early cuckoo clock from CL was less successful. I called, said I wanted it and would need to plan when I could come pick it up since it was over an hour away. I called back just a short time later to confirm the time and he told me he sold it. :-(

    Glad you had better luck. Do you have any photos of the movement? I'm sure it will only make me more jealous, but I equally admire the art and technology of cuckoo clocks.

    Tom
     
  5. blindraccoon

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    I experienced something a bit similar EXCEPT it was a small carved inlaid mahog. table, for a clock naturally. Seller lived about a mile away and she made the app't for early a.m. the next day. Arrived at her house, pouring rain, husband answered the door and said "oh, she sold that last night". I had a few words for him that I'm sure his wife heard while she hid in the other room.

    No, the movement is 'run of the mill' 30 hour without a trademark. But I don't care, the price was so right in my opinion, and I have a thing for oak leaves, lots of 'em :chuckling:.

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  6. gleber

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    Thanks for the additional photos. I admire that movement aesthetically a lot more than a Regula or Huber Herr (Not that I have anything against either).

    It looks like you might want to get that bird's condition checked out: http://www.petmd.com/bird/conditions :exhausted:

    Tom
     
  7. gleber

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    I too like oak leaves over the more traditional maple ones, especially the more recent ones that look thicker than cardboard.

    I'm slowly talking myself into making a cuckoo clock case, so I experimented with carving a leaf. I just can't seem to get them to "flow" as well as the ones in your clock (and others), which just look softer. Anyway, here is my test amongst some real leaves for comparison.

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    Tom
     
  8. blindraccoon

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    Very funny ~ Yeah, poor little guy does look a little sickly in the pic. If he gets any worse, I'll follow up on that link :chuckling:
     
  9. blindraccoon

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    Are you kidding?! That oak leaf looks amazing! And that's your first one? Get going on that clock case! A couple years back, I bought a cuckoo that had several oak leaves completely missing or broken off in half and a branch or two gone. I hired a local guy to restore the leaves. He did an incredible job, it was pricey but well worth it! Need more people who have
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  10. gleber

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    That is an exceptional job on the restoration.

    Thanks for the compliment. It was my first leaf, but not my first carving. I have done carving on and off for a while. I think I could make a mean cuckoo bird.

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    Also, thanks for the encouragement. I'm sort of a herd guy instead of a loaner, so having more people push me may entice me to actually do it.

    Tom
     
  11. blindraccoon

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    So this yellow finch-like bird, perched on a barbed wire no less, is your creation? Oh yeah, there's no doubt you could carve out a really cool cuckoo bird. Excellent finish work! This plump yellow bird looks like he's got a bit of an attitude, or I guess all birds have that 'look' - it's those beady little eyes. Now sketch out a design and carve some oak leaves for that cuckoo case...

    blindraccoon aka Laurie
     
  12. George Nelson

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    Hi, Tom

    I am exceedingly impressed with your carving abilities! It is a rare talent, and you not only created a very lifelike bird, but, as Laurie pointed out, one with a natural, genuinely true-to-life presence. One can often find carved birds, but locating one with the visual appeal of yours is very hard to find. You have quite a talent, young man, so don't hesitate to produce an entire forest of oak leaves! And, perching the bird on a bit of rusty barbed wire was an inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

    Warmest regards and admiration, :clap:

    George Nelson
     
  13. gleber

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    Thank you both for your kind words - I'm blushing :rolleyes:. I looked at the date of the leaf photo and was surprised that I made that two summers ago - time flies! I guess I really have to get going on this if I'm ever going to do it. I should start a post in the clock construction section and hopefully attract enough interest and appreciation that I will be be all the more encouraged not to let the group down.

    As a side note, if I were to enter this bird in a juried competition, I could not use real barbed wire like I have. Everything has to be hand carved, not just the bird, but even the setting.

    Time to break out the carving tools Yoda

    Thanks again!
    Tom
     
  14. George Nelson

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    All compliments are well-deserved! Interesting about the barbed wire. Could you, if necessary, carve out a section of barbed wire? What a wonder that would be...

    George
     
  15. blindraccoon

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    George, Yeah Tom is certainly talented and I love the idea of a little piece of carved barbed wire as a perch... might be pushin' the envelope?, but it sure would be cool if he could pull it off. A bird house amidst oak leaves and carving a 'mean' cuckoo bird is good, too!
     
  16. gleber

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    I've seen all kinds of intricate carved settings including, wire, blades of grass, twigs with bark (carved from larger blocks of wood). It is amazing what some people can do.

    Tom
     
  17. Tinker Dwight

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    I'm told the wood used on cuckoos are really good
    for carving. I do suppose one still has to watch the grain.
    I saw a video once of someone in the Black Forrest carving
    cuckoo parts.
    They just had some chisels, a mallet and a bench with a V shaped
    block to keep the wood from moving.
    In seconds they had a maple leaf done.
    My attempts at carving were never as good as yours, Tom.
    Tinker Dwight
     
  18. blindraccoon

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    Not necessarily for you Tom, but along the lines of carving and just for fun, there's the chain saw carving (big saws and little saws) that can also be quite amazing.. a bear head carving in 4 minutes (elapsed time) https://youtu.be/S0uGmFRNOP0
     
  19. George Nelson

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    Yes, indeed... Sigh. If only I had that kind of talent...

    George
     
  20. gleber

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    Thanks Tinker. Yes, the wood selection is important. I use basswood, with a very fine grain, but I don't think that is normally used for cuckoo clocks. Most of my carving is done using a convex blade and dremel. I use a soldering iron with the tip filed to a knife's edge for the fine details like the feathers. The heat burns away a little of the wood to leave an open soft line instead of the slit you get if you just run a knife through. You can see the result here.

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    I have not tried using chisels but would like to.

    Blindraccoon - sorry I seem to have highjacked your thread.

    Tom
     
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