Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Hour///Gras Living Wall Clock

Here's something I found. I don't quite understand how to read this clock, but it has something to do with the speed that grass grows. If you grow Wheat Grass you can even eat the clippings! Read more at the DesignCrave Blog.

Based on the notion of the inherent benefits of growing grass, the Hour///Gras Living Wall Clock designed by J Yu puts a spin on the typical potted plant using a glass-and-stainless-steel-bodied clock to house your grass or other greenery. The hour and minute hand double as blades that cut the grass to a preset length. You can water through an opening on top. If you decide to grow wheat grass, you can eat the shavings that fall into a bin on the bottom of the clock. If not, you’ll have to clean up after your grass clock while cursing whatever relative purchased it for you. On the plus side, you can finally combine the two thrilling pasttimes of watching grass grow and fixating on the slowly-moving minute hand of your clock.

Click Here for more interesting /design clocks.

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Friday, September 18, 2009


This is an antique cuckoo bird with moving wings... See our Gothic cuckoo and Long Bahnhäusle for new collectible clocks with this feature.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

More of the Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart

We made an earlier post on this fascinating story of the Boy With the Cuckoo Clock Heart.

Here is a blog post with more info:
Edinburgh, 1874. On the coldest night the world has ever seen, Little Jack is born with a frozen heart and immediately undergoes a life-saving operation. But Dr Madeleine is no conventional medic and surgically implants a cuckoo-clock into his chest. Little Jack grows up different to other children: every day begins with a daily wind-up. At school he is bullied for his 'ticking', but Dr Madeleine reminds him he must resist strong emotion: anger is far too dangerous for his cuckoo-clock heart. So when the beautiful young street-singer, Miss Acacia, appears - pursued by Joe, the school bully - Jack is in danger of more than just falling in love...he is putting his life on the line.

[via Popin's Lair]

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Visual Voltage

Here's a new idea. It displays the amount of energy used in your home, all in the guise of a Modern Design clock!

The more energy being consumed, the larger the diameter of the pattern. You're able to see how much was used at 1 PM, 1:15 PM, 2 PM and so on by glancing at it.

This clock has already made its way around the internet. You can read more about it on the following blogs:

Be sure to check out OUR Modern Design cuckoo clocks at www.NorthCoastImports.com/design

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Thursday, September 03, 2009

NEW novelty items!!

North Coast Imports is pleased to introduce a fun NEW line of novelty clocks called Coo Clocks. There is a menagerie of characters that call out on the hour... an elephant, a dog, an orangutan... the cuckoo bird is caught by a CAT!

"Cuckoo... Meow"! On the hour out pops a proud feline - Tommy Tango - with a cuckoo friend in his embrace. The MeowCoo cat clock comes in a green housing with a swinging purple pendulum.

For nighttime a light sensor automatically shuts off the character when the room becomes dark. For encore performances there is a button on the side.

If you are interested in this clock please Email us at: clocks@NorthCoastImports.net - please be sure to include your zip code so we can direct you to a dealer in your area. We have a managerie of different animal characters available.

Check out our other Quartz Wall Clocks and our special /Design Website for more clocks like this one.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Creative Patterns

We found this pattern maker, who had the good idea to use a vintage cuckoo clock pendulum (of the type typically used on pendulums in the '70s and '80s) to neat effect.

Check out a NEW shield Black Forest Clock:

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Homemade Mechanical Music

... or mechanical noises anyway. This is a fascinating table of homebrew fun!

Dirigenten & Den mekaniska orkestern from Erik Nilsson on Vimeo.

[via Deviant Synth]

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Boy with the Cuckoo Clock Heart

Rumor has it this was a book and will become a feature film!

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Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Clockwork Automata Fun

This is a fun webcomic with heavy automatic influences...

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Antique Black Forest Flute Clock

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

What an Odd Story

I couldn't let this one slide by. Here's an odd story for cuckoo clock lovers.

Police solve case of missing cuckoo clock

Doris Weiske only wanted the safe return of her cuckoo clock, which she entrusted to repair man Hugo Tejero months ago. Tejero — who had handed her business cards with a Plainfield telephone number, but no address — would pick the clocks up from her home in an unincorporated area near Joliet, vowing to return in a week.

Working off a photo and his license plate, police found Tejero living in Hoffman Estates.

Weiske said police told her Tejero seemed surprised to see them, but that he still had the clock and cards with Weiske's name and phone number written on them.

[via Suburban Chicago News]

For those of you wondering: that's an old Schmeckenbecher cuckoo she's holding. Here's another woodcutter cuckoo:

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Holy Cuckoo Clock Batman!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Cuckoo in the Arts (poetry)

From Robert Frost's Banjo: Today’s poem is by Robert Desnos, a marvelously lyrical poet who was very much a part of the Surrealist movement in the 1920s, but who later broke with the Surrealists (& in particular André Breton). I think you'll agree that “Cuckoo” presents a lovely, fairy-tale like dreamscape. The title might be translated as “Cuckoo-Clock,” (because "coucou" in French also means the clock) but this isn’t the primary meaning, which simply refers to the bird. Of course, as I believe Eberle used to tell her writing students, “if you have a radiator & leopard skin pants, you already have a jungle,” so course you have a cuckoo clock once you have a cuckoo."


It was all as if in a childlike picture
The moon wore an opera hat that eight reflections ricocheted off
across the surface of ponds
The ghost dressed in a natty shroud
Was smoking a cigar at the window of his room
At the castlekeep's top story
Where the sagacious crow told the cats their fortunes.
There was the child in her nightgown lost in the snow's paths
Having searched inside her shoes for the silk fan and the high heels
There was the conflagration against which, immense,
The firemens' shadows stood out,
But, above all, there was the fleeing thief, a big sack on his back,
On the road the moon whitewashed
Escorted by the barking of dogs in the sleeping villages
And by the cackling of hens startled awake.
I am not rich, said the spectre flicking the ash from his cigar, I am not rich
But I'll bet a hundred bucks
He'll go far if he keeps it up.
Vanity all is vanity, answers the crow.
And what about your sister? asked the cats.
My sister has beautiful jewels and beautiful spiders
In her castle of night.
An innumerable mass of servants
Comes every night to put her to bed.
When she wakes she has a piece of cake, and witchgrass, and a toy trumpet
To blow into.
The moon laid its top hat on the earth
And that made for a dense night
Where the ghost dissolved like a sugar cube in coffee.
The thief looked a long time for his lost path
And wound up falling asleep
And nothing was left beyond the earth
Except a smoky blue sky where the moon sponged its brow
And the lost child who was walking into the stars.
Here’s your beautiful fan
And your dancing shoes,
Your grandmother's corset
And rouge for your lips
You can dance amidst stars
You can dance for the beautiful ladies
Across the array of heavenly roses
From which one falls each night
To reward the sleeper who dreamed the most beautiful dream.
Slip on your shoes and lace your corset
Put one of these roses in your bodice
And some rouge on your lips
And now sway your fan
So there still may be on earth
Nights after days
Days after nights

Robert Desnos
translation © John Hayes 1990-2009

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Monday, July 13, 2009

Cuckoos in the Arts

Followers of North Coast Imports know that we are pleased as punch to be introducing an entirely new line of cuckoo clocks in our /design series. These clocks are a marriage of fine tradition with fine arts (and design). We are even planning an ancillary exhibition tour of artworks by the Black Forest artists who are responsible for creating these clocks.

It's good to see that we are not alone in creating a body of artistic work centered around the cuckoo clock. I recently read about The Bird House, a one-act play by Kate Marks receiving its world premiere at Theatre Three.

"The play's action begins in a brightly colored tree house in a land called The Bright Side where Louisy (Cotton Wright) and Syl (Christina Shipp) live in a sheltered ignorance that is decidedly not bliss. Initially, the primary source of their anxiety is that the two birds in their cuckoo clock (named "Cuck" and "Koo") can't be made to stay any longer than it takes for them to sound each hour. Soon, pretty bluebirds are crashing into their windows and ants are marching into the house. The girls can't shut themselves off from the world. Syl eventually leaves for The Lop Side, encountering a war-torn landscape and learning as many life lessons as Louisy, who is left behind in the tree house."

I'm sorry I'll miss the play!

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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Cuckoos everywhere

I have programmed Google to alert me of any mention of the word "Cuckoo Clock" around the world... it comes up with some interesting stuff, as you can imagine. Sometimes it's not relevant to a clock collector, and sometimes it's just silly...

"Brüno: Ich come from a wery talented family. My father was one of ze most celebrated cuckoo clock beak makers in ze whole of Schlesswigholstein und mein brother, Durgel, runs ze biggest laminating company in Klagenfurt. He’s amazing - he can laminate anything. In fact, he’s basically ze Johnny Depp of laminating."

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Thursday, June 25, 2009



(CNN) -- In one of the biggest upsets in international football in recent times the USA beat European champions Spain 2-0 in the first semifinal of the 2009 Confederations Cup in Bloemfontein, South Africa."

Celebrate with our Soccer Clock! (Only a few left available.)

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The Bunny Project

This is even cuter, if not a little dangerous.

"Performance commissioned by Kalmar Museum of Art, Sweden. During the inauguration of the new art museum in Kalmar a suspicious individual sneaked around the premises mounting sculptures made of carrots, alarm clocks, red and blue cables, metal wire and tape. On direct orders from the Swedish secret police the performance was stopped since the Culture Minister refused to give her inaugural speech if it were to continue. The speech , as it later turned out, was about how art must be allowed to be free and provocative."

via [Bunny Project]

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

This is cute