Carousel Tells a Story
Here's a short introductory video to get you started!
Watch Hill Flying Horse Carousel
Sustaining a piece of American History
I've worked with the Watch Hill Carousel since 1992, almost 28 years. During that time, I've maintained both the horses themselves, the carousel frame, and even the engine that runs it all.
The Flying Horses
Each horse is made in relatively the same way it was when it was originally. Starting with 10 inch boards, the shape of the horse is then carved and sanded down to the smooth shape you ultimately see. The legs are separate pieces added on during that process.
Each painting is based off of a true American classic, for usage rights I modified each one for the carousel. The biggest example being the child riding on the carousel horse in the clouds above children playing at the beach.
Like anything the lives next to the ocean, the paint on the carousel beams needs be occasionally painted or replaced.
The engine is one of the most constant things to work on at the Carousel. It needs to be regularly greased in order to keep the sand at bay.