What did you think I was going to say– cocoa cocks??
I have a fascination with intricate mechanical things that work without modern electronics and electricity.
There’s just something alluring about machines built from good, old fashioned know-how, ya know?
I am awed that with just some wood and metal and cogs and chains and weights and ingenuity, people were able to create devices that not only keep time, but also do something magical while doing so.
Which is why I got an old timey German cuckoo clock.
I just received it yesterday, so I’m still working on getting it’ll ell and the pendulum adjusted for time, etc.
But cuckoo it does!
Did you know the cuckoo sound is produced by these tiny bellows inside pumping air out of whistle ports in the sides of the clock? At the appropriate times, the mechanics inside lift and pump these delicate, miniature bellows, while simultaneously striking the spring for the chimes AND making the bird pop out and bob up and down!
So. Fucking. Cool!!
I just hope I can get it running appropriately and keep it running.
And once I do– the clock will be getting a paint job. I’m thinking a cheerful sky blue.