Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok

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Village Carousel Project: 2018 - 2020


August 2019 in Port Townsend WA a wonderful new music festival called The Thing took place at Fort Worden State Park, unexpectedly the last remaining "flying horses" Dentzel carousel, MGR #8, was setup and operating. Hundreds of children and adults flew around while grabbing rings Saturday and Sunday.
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See "News"). This carousel is now packed away in a "mothballed" condition until a home can be found for it, likely far from its current PT storage location. Any serious suggestions for the whereabouts for a new carousel home are appreciated.

2017 offered a long overdue Chiapas visit and a tremendous attraction to do a carousel project far to the south, specifically Mexico, that can very well still happen. Then unexpectedly, a message arrived, a project ranging 3000 miles to the east, Croton-on-Hudson NY, showed up as the opener for the carousel triptych and MGR #10 is now installed at Van Cortland Manor.  With the passing of my mother, Marion W. Dentzel late December 2017, we lost one of the great American carousel rivivalists. 2018 began with a lot of family carousel archive work and museum distribution (see Albany Historic Carousel and Museum). The William H. Dentzel 2 and Marion Dentzel legacy shall keep moving into the wider world.

The William H. Dentzel 3 long term goal is to set up a workshop to facilitate community member participation through skill training in the production of local carousels. City parks, schools, community centers and specialty restaurants are the venues best suited to these human powered carousels. Skill training with local materials and participation are rewarding aspects of taking ownership of a carousel.
When it comes time to explore southward, workshop facilities will be sought out. The cost of a complete hand-crank carousel made in many places in Latin America would be US$5,000 more or less, this depends on in-kind community participation. This low price would make it possible for a small community to create a fund raising project and establish a small durable carousel which would serve a large young local population for decades.

William Dentzel 3, fifth generation Carouselmaker, learned the carouselmaking craft from his family and from decades of antique restoration and new carousel building. Sharing this craft, especially with the children and families of underserved communities, has been his life work (aside from wooden boat and house carpentry). This latest phase of carousel creation is an amalgam of Internet connectivity for funding and awarness with local vocational training, workshop colaboration, community elder planning, international relations and family wellbeing. The Dentzel Carousel Company has been headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington, USA since 1983 and soon hopes to have a local project base in Latin America.

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