Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok


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Village Carousel Project: 2017 - 2020


This year began with a long overdue Chiapas visit and a tremendous attraction to do a carousel project far to the south, specifically Mexico, that can very well still happen. Then unexpectedly, a message arrives, a project ranging 3000 miles to the east, Croton-on-Hudson NY, showed up as the opener for the carousel triptych and is now in progress.  (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.
When it comes time to explore southward, workshop facilities will be sought out. The cost of a complete hand-crank carousel made in Chiapas, Mexico would be US$5,000 or less, this depends on in-kind community participation. This low price would make it possible for a small community to create a fund raising project and establish a small durable carousel which would serve a large young local population for decades.

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 wing of the Dentzel Carousel Company 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.

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