10 reasons we've fallen for Germany
The cuckoo clock was invented 300 years ago in the Black Forest, where that winter home industry still thrives. Tip: Find out more at Furtwangen's German Clock Museum (deutsches-uhrenmuseum.de); watch hand-carving at Rombach & Haas in Schonach ...
March 13, 2015
Waukesha clock restorer crazy about cuckoos
Bill Galinsky works on repairing a customer's German 1970 Hubert Herr cuckoo clock. Galinsky, 55, repairs about When Galinsky is not repairing, he's making — hand-carving leaves, acorns, twigs and animals for his cuckoo clocks. At this year's ...
December 27, 2014
You'll Go Cuckoo For This Gigantic Clock Carved Out Of A Single Tree
A remarkable cuckoo clock forged from a single maple tree is being used to crow about Portland, Oregon. Designed by Nicolas Gros and carved by chainsaw sculptor J. Chester Armstrong, the 24-foot-high, 7,000-pound clock is being shown off around the ...
November 26, 2014
Nyack Sketch Log: Hickory Dickory Dock
A back wall of the main room of the shop is covered, salon style with dozens of cuckoo clocks. With their hand carved moving figurines and distinctive sound, the elaborate timepieces are the pride of the black forest in Germany. The craftspeople of ...
December 9, 2014
A Drive Back Through Time in Germany's Black Forest
I recently inherited the ornate cuckoo clock they bought as a souvenir and their copy of “The Motor Routes of Germany,” published by Black's Guides. The clothbound book, full of watercolor illustrations and road maps, In Schonach, we found ...
October 22, 2014
12 Treasures of Europe
“The term 'street art' is done, over,” said Mr. von Lanzenauer, pointing at Stefan Strumbel's neon-kitsch cuckoo clocks and prints on the gallery's walls. top-quality ingredients and eschewing preservatives and unnatural additives of the dozens of ...
October 17, 2014
German restaurants to know for Oktoberfest season
The food combines authentic German and popular cuisine, with chicken wings, Reuben eggrolls with chicken strudel, roasted pork shank, schnitzels, spaetzle and Mecklenburg Pie, created in the '70s when the restaurant was in the hands of an ashram who ...
September 18, 2014
This Christmas, I became fascinated, which is to say my ongoing fascination was again rekindled, with various worldwide customs surrounding holidays and other celebrations. Sinterklaas - the Dutch St. Nicholas - was riding into town accompanied by several Zwarte Piet or Black Peters. A quick Google on the ole smart phone revealed the custom began following wars and conflicts between the Dutch and Spain when disdain for the Spaniards was joined with traditional European celebrations of St. Nicholas Day (December 6). Children... Black face in 2014. While the Dutch have been heavily criticized for the racist overtones (come on, you can't even call it undertones, really), many communities continue the practice in its traditional form (as did Kinderdijk). In 2014, you'd think they would've hear about it and find it reasonable to continue the tradition and omit the black face. I don't want to comment further on that aspect, because racism and classism and all the isms are the things of Stephen King-length blog posts and that is not the direction I had in mind for this particular post.
Carolyn Green and Meredith Houska
Our Take: Christmas Spirit is the Christkindlmarket. The Christkindlmarket is Christmas Spirit. Recommended to me by a native Chicagoan friend, the Christkindlmarket has been a tradition for his family and many others since its inception in 1996. Each year, the Christmas Market is put on by the German American Chamber of Commerce and pays... Vendors from all over the world come to bring you hand-crafted goods, traditional German food, and lots of holiday cheer. I met my friend Molly at the market after work, and we couldn’t stop smiling. Our first stop was the gluwhein stall because gluwhein is German mulled wine so, obviously. The wine itself was delightful and surprisingly smooth, but the real winner was the decorative ceramic mug that the wine came in because GUESS WHAT. That’s right, German mustard all the way here folks. (Traditionally, Germans also go heavy on the sauerkraut, but we’ll give you some wiggle room on that one). While many of the craft goods, some from nations as far-reaching as Nepal, Switzerland, and Peru, are quite pricey, you really can’t put a price on authenticity.
This area was once dominated by manufacturing and industry, drawing waves of German, Polish and ... Fifth Street), which uses antique lead and wood type and hand-carved linoleum block to create cool, funky posters. There are a whole host of other artists ...
March 31, 2015