Easy Steps for Safely Packing and Shipping a Cuckoo Clock
An authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock has many parts, from the brass pine cone weights to the hand carved dancing figurines to the mechanics that make it sing, “Cuckoo!” You’ve probably spent a considerable amount of time choosing the perfect cuckoo clock for your home, so whether you are moving a cuckoo clock to a new home or shipping a cuckoo clock to a service station for repairs, there are certain steps you should take to ensure the clock arrives undamaged.
HOW TO PACK A CUCKOO CLOCK
Depending on the style of your cuckoo clock, you might need more bubble wrap and heavy paper to ensure your clock arrives at it destination unscathed. A modern style cuckoo clock with a simple design and clean lines won’t need as much protection as traditional clocks that have nature scenes with animals and foliage. Regardless of the style of your clock, here are six simple cuckoo clock packing steps:
1. REMOVE DECORATIVE PARTS
Pull the chains to bring the pinecone weights to the bottom of the cuckoo clock. Unhook the weights and the pendulum, and set them aside. If your cuckoo clock has a decorative headpiece, remove it as well. If you are shipping a cuckoo clock to a repair shop, hold onto the headpiece and the weights. The service station doesn’t need them. If you are just moving a cuckoo clock, set aside the weights, pendulum and decorative parts for packaging later.
2. CLOSE THE DOOR
If your clock doesn’t have a metal clasp on the cuckoo clock door, use a small piece of painter’s tape to secure the door.
3. SECURE THE CHAINS
Pull the chains so the brass hooks are underneath the clock case. To secure the chains to the sprocket wheel and to avoid tangling, feed a piece of wire or string through the top of the chain links as close to the base of the clock as possible. Then place the chains in a paper bag or a plastic zipper storage bag. Fold the bag up under the clock, and secure the bundle to the bottom of the clock by twisting the wire or tying the string around the bag.
4. REPLACE THE BELLOW CLIPS
When you ordered your cuckoo clock, it should have come with bellow clips. (If you have misplaced them, you can order replacements.) Place the bellow clips back on the bellows, which are located inside the clock. Be careful when you remove the back of the clock, which is typically secured with clips.
5. SILENCE THE GONG
While you have access to the inside of the clock, slip a piece of paper into the spiral gong. (The people at the post office or the moving van driver will thank you!) Carefully replace the back of the clock.
6. WRAP IN PROTECTION
Bubble wrapping the clock may cause unwarranted damage, so instead, wrap your clock in a large bag or garbage bag and tie it tight. Wrap the weights, pendulum, and decorative parts separately too.
HOW TO SHIP A CUCKOO CLOCK
Shipping a cuckoo clock can be nerve-racking, especially if it is an authentic Black Forest cuckoo clock with thousands of dollars of beautifully detailed handmade parts. Here are five steps for how to safely ship a cuckoo clock.
1. FIND A BOX
Use the original box the cuckoo clock came in or a box large enough that you have at least 3 inches of clearance on all sides to allow for padding materials.
2. ADD PROTECTION TO THE BOX
Pour packing peanuts into the box to cover the bottom. Then, place the wrapped clock in the box. Stuff the box with bubble wrap or newspaper for padding. Lay the clock face up always, and make sure there is enough padding between the clock and its extra parts.
3. SECURE THE BOX
Seal the box, and put it in a larger box. Use more packaging material to provide protection to the smaller box. When you feel the box has enough padding, shake it to ensure there is no movement. In fact, you should feel confident that if you knocked the large box off the table, nothing would be damaged.
4. MARK THE BOX
Seal the larger box. Use packing tape or tape marked fragile to tape not only the top but also the edges of the box for added protection. Use a marker to indicate which side is up and that the box is fragile.
5. BUY INSURANCE
If you are shipping a cuckoo clock, don’t forget to insure the package for the value of your clock. If you are packing a cuckoo clock for moving, be sure to communicate to the movers about how valuable the box is.
Whether you are moving a cuckoo clock to a new home or shipping a cuckoo clock to a repair shop, follow these simple steps to ensure your clock arrives safe and sound.