If I were Cuckoo...

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  1. gleber

    gleber Registered User

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    What kind of wood would I be? o_O

    I am wondering about hunter style cuckoos from the 1800s and from 1900 -1940. I do a lot of carving and use Basswood, Tupelo or Linden since the grain is very uniform. I am curious about what wood was predominant for traditional cuckoo clocks.

    Thanks for any info.

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  2. tom427cid

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    Primarily Linden,it's the European version of Basswood. It's easy to carve(with very sharp tools). I have also seen and have a couple that are Oak and Walnut. I do not think that Mahogany was used (I could be wrong).
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    Thanks Tom. That is sort of what I was expecting, so it's nice to get confirmation. I mainly wanted to make sure I wasn't missing some other frequently used wood.

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  4. Joseph Bautsch

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    Tom, both bass wood and linden wood are both from the Tilla species. It contains about thirty members from around the northern hemisphere. In the UK it’s called a Lime tree (unrelated to the fruit). While linden wood or bass wood is used for the carvings the sub structure of a Cuckoo clock such as the box and roof is usually white pine which is often veneered on the older clocks. I have also used African Mahogany to carve replacement tops and side panels.
     

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