Meanwhile, Germany specialized in making inexpensive brass and wooden clocks, most notably cuckoo clocks, which have been made in the Black Forest region and exported across Europe. Skeleton clocks have been the characteristic option for British households, churches, and government buildings, as had been clocks decorated with Gothic-inspired circumstances and architectural elements, exemplified most famously by Massive Ben. Bits ... and feathers that fluttered. In the 1730's, cuckoo clocks had been all handmade out of wood. Soon after a couple of tears, metal gears and plates became the norm.