The Take Apart Horse

TahDah - Romance Side
Tah Dah's Romance Side
Carved by Bob Cherot, Somers, MT
Photo (c) 2003 Montana Carousel Company
Used with permission

This is Tah Dah, our Take Apart Horse (TAH). He's brand new, and will be used for making presentations about the construction of carousel figures.

He's carved from basswood, which comes from the Linden tree. Waiting patiently for his paint job, he's shown here in an unfinished state, displaying the natural color of his wood. He matches the full-sized carousel horses in the number of pieces of wood used, in the pattern of his laminations, and in the hollow section in his middle.

Tah Dah was carved by Bob Cherot of Montana Carousel Company, and is a replica of Looff's Coney Island style horses right down to the little signature details, such as the design of the horse shoe and the nail heads. He'll have jewels and glass eyes when he's finished.

Tah is 20 inches tall from mane to toe, 24 inches from his nose to his tail socket and 36 inches from the brass finial to the table top.

He'll be a complete carousel horse on one side (the romance side), but he's only roughed out on his back side (the money side). The back side is removable, exposing his joints and inner assembly.

After he's painted and gets his jewelry and tail, he'll be on display at our carousel. At least he will be when he's not out visiting children (or adults)!

TahDah's Unfinished Money Side
Tah Dah's unfinished money side, with his joints clearly visible
Carved by Bob Cherot, Somers, MT
Photo (c) 2003 Montana Carousel Company
Used with permission

TahDah construction detail
Tah Dah showing the hollow section in the middle
Carved by Bob Cherot, Somers, MT
Photo (c) 2003 Montana Carousel Company
Used with permission

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