You have a lot of options when it comes to finding a great grandfather clock. One of the most popular types of clocks is a German grandfather clock. This is because Germany has been renowned for it’s engineering, and yes, that includes clocks for a long time.
The Black Forest region of Germany has been a mix of technological precision and fine wood working, which means that some of the finest quality, and most beautiful clocks come from that region.
There are many dealers where you can buy your clock, but do yourself a favor and make sure that before you make your purchase that you know who you’re dealing with. A grandfather clock will take some care, you’re not just going to be able to take it home, set it up and be done with it. For that reason, buying your clock from a trustworthy source is as important, or even more important, than just the price.
You want to know that if your clock needs some work or maintenance you have someone you can trust to help you out. Delivery is another thing you’ll have to take into consideration. Having someone who can deliver and set up your clock is every bit as important as how much you spend.
Once you’ve got the dealer located then comes the fun part, you get to choose just the right clock for you. Picking out this heirloom quality piece of art can be fun, and maybe a little intimidating. You will have several choices.
For example, you can choose from many types of woods. Grandfather clocks are made out of oak, beech, maple, pine and cherry. Each type of wood has it’s own unique attributes. Cherry is very fine grained and has a more ‘delicate’ appearance.
Oak is a very hard wood and has a very pronounced wood grain. Pine is a soft wood. Besides the types of woods you can also choose the finish on your clock. Most clocks are stained and varnished so the natural beauty of the wood shows through, but you can also get painted wood.
The overall styling of the clock can vary too. Some clocks actually have curio cabinets built right in so you can display your collectibles.
Another styling feature is the top of the clock. Some will have a split pediment, some will have a bonnet and some will be flat topped. The chimes that you clock plays can also be a choice you will need to make.
The point is that there are more options when it comes to your new clock than you might have realized, which is a good thing. These options will pretty much ensure that there is a Grandfather clock that will match pretty much any taste and decor, and that means yours too.
A German grandfather clock has long been considered to be the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to clocks. The precision movements coupled with the astonishing beauty make them wondrous, yet practical, works of art and with the many options available, they can fit in almost any home around… especially yours.