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in one place from movement to production to carving,” Herr said. Depending on the design and size of a clock, production


times can range from one hour to a few months. The larger, more complex clocks can take up to a couple months to complete. Herr said one of his master carvers has been working on a clock for several months. Although some carvers are also


farmers and can work from home, some choose to work in the facility where they can carve the wood intently and choose knives from a collection of 30. Herr said the wood used in making


the clocks comes straight from the Black Forest. Linden wood is preferred when it comes to carving. The wood is air dried for three to five years before it ever sees the beginning stages of preparation. “It dries in a very natural way and


gives afterward a better quality,” Herr said. “We could use drying machines, but our experience is that it is much better to have it dried natural.” The linden trees grow best at an


altitude between 400 and 600 meters. The trees, Herr said, should not grow too fast or too slow. All this creates a quality of wood which is necessary to the job of the carver. A wood carver’s tools must also be cared for and treated on a daily basis. The knives are sharpened three or four times a day because,


for every line and every bench, the artist needs a different tool. In the second facility, where the final stages of cuckoo clock production takes place, freshly stained clocks dry in one room and in the next. Assembled clocks line the wall, ready for testing. When travelers read the history of clocks at the museum


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Top left: Reinhard Herr, manager of Hubert Herr, explains the process of how the designs get burned onto the wood. Middle left: Viktor Scharf, who has been working in the wood-preparing section of Hubert Herr for nearly 20 years, uses a scroll saw to cut out the designs from the stacked up wood before it goes to the carving room. Each master carver must go through a series of courses and apprenticeships before working as a carver at a factory. It usually takes seven years for an artist to become a master carver. Middle right: Renato Guaglianone, who has been carving cuckcoo clocks for Hubert Herr for about 38 years, works on one of the classic cuckoo clock designs carving out leaves and a bird. Top right: Domenico de Falco, one of Hubert Herr’s clockmakers who has been working at the factory for 40 years, ensures the inner workings of the clocks are in good condition before the ornate designs are added to the face. Above: A fi nished chalet-style cuckoo clock in the Hubert Herr showroom.


and observe the clocks from the 1700s, it’s easy for them to escape into the tradition of clock production at the Hubert Herr factory. Rich in history, both clock factories — in Triberg and Furtwagen — provide insight into the world of clock making in the iconic Black Forest.


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