Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok


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Village Carousel Project: 2017 - 2020


This year and forseeable future Team Village Carousel will attempt to establish a small traditional style community carousel south of Port Townsend, possibly very far south depending on route and reception (See "News"). The 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.
The cost of a complete carousel made in Chiapas, Mexico would be approximately US$5,000, this depends on in-kind community participation.

William Dentzel, fifth generation Carouselmaker, learned the carouselmaking craft from family, 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 VCP has been headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington, USA since 1983 and soon hopes to have a local project base in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico or somewhere equally compatible en route.

Village Carousel Project is the not-for-profit department of the Dentzel Carousel Company. Latest Press Release Here.