Thursday, August 11, 2011

How a rooster sound is produced in a clock

An interesting and lively thread on The Automata / Automaton Facebook Group page started by artist Aaron Kramer has to do with means for producing the sound of a crow. Not wind-generated method, but a mechanical one. Among the many wonderful responses, this video was posted by the automaton-maker Thomas Kuntz.

The video explains the clever mechanism within a rare musical clock that is used to create the sound of a rooster on the hour. The clock was made by Emilian Wehrle of Furtwangen, Germany around 1890. The video is from

For more on the subject, check out the book Black Forest Clocks.

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