Carving a Carousel Horse

How do you carve a carousel horse? That's easy! You start with a big block of wood and chip away everything that doesn't look like a horse!

That's an age old joke, but really not very accurate. It's often thought that carousel horses are carved from a single block of wood, but in fact that approach isn't practical for a number of reasons. Not only that, but there is a lot of planning that goes into a carousel horse before the first board is cut.
The Montana Carousel Company

Bob Cherot, owner of the Montana Carousel Company, Inc. and a member of the National Carousel Association, has made a great collection of pictures available on our website! These pictures detail the steps involved in creating a horse, from the original drawings to the carved and painted horse. According to Bob, this process is very similar to the process used in the golden age of carousels from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

To contact Bob about getting your own heirloom-quality carousel horse (or even an entire carousel), you can email him by Clicking Here.

The pictures in this presentation show the steps required to create a carousel horse in the sequence that they are performed. Click on the first picture below to begin the presentation. Or if you prefer, you can click on any of the other pictures to view them in more detail.

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