Between the Turn of the Century and the Great Depression immigrant master carvers created the things dreams are made of. Ever since, carousel horses have delighted children of all ages. Today, there are fewer than 170 antique carousels left, and prices of individual animals are regularly topping $100,000.
Now there is a new book that teaches carving just like the masters. Written by Bill Bruggen and Tom Wade, Carve Your Own Carousel Horse serves as a step-by-step guide toward the creation of a carousel masterpiece.
Mr. Bruggen formerly served as Assistant Director of the Indiana State Museum and president of the not-for-profit, Indianapolis-based Historic Amusement Foundation.
Mr. Wade is a professional wood carver. He has carved figures for The Children’s Museum, The Indianapolis Zoo and Humana Hospital in Indianapolis. His skill is impressive and his upbeat “you can do anything” lecture/carving demonstrations have proven inspirational for young people.
The book’s sections describe tool and wood selection, painting and very detailed explanations about carving each part of the horse. Included are many of Tom’s secret “tips” to make the “work” quick and easy. Over 140 photos show technique in tremendous detail.
Included is a comprehensive Buyer’s Guide containing sources for supplies, such as carving tools, lumber, jewels and tails, as well as gift items, artwork and replica carousel figures.
Softbound, 96 pages, 144 photos, 16 illustrations
Dimensions: 8.5″ x 11″