Appreciation

Marion Dentzel with one of her historic animals

The Dentzel family, creators of the Dentzel Carousel, have been major supporters of this project. Marion Dentzel, through the American Carousel Corporation, supplied us with the antique 1909 mechanism consisting of 52 animals on three rows. This 50-foot diameter and 24-foot tall carousel mechanism will also carry two chariots, and the inside two rows of animals will be leapers!

 

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William Dentzel III supplied us with valuable knowledge that markedly assisted in the restoration of the mechanism. He has also carved with us to help make the animals of this community project a reality.

 

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The 1909 refurbished Dentzel mechanism

Supporters

So very many supporters have made this project possible as we work to make this dream for Albany a reality.

Support has ranged from animal and mechanism and building component sponsorships to outright financial contributions. Raw materials used to carve and paint the animals, computers and office supplies, right on down to food and every day paper product needs have been generously given. Professionals have donated advertising, electrical and gutter work to help keep our project visible to the public and our current building operational, and volunteers come in to assist with tours and the gift shop and even to lend a hand cleaning.

Of course, we would be extremely remiss if we failed to mention the painters, carvers, mechanism staff, and board and committee members who continue to give freely of their time.

General

Stella & Dick Reimers – Donuts and moral support.

Mechanism Workspace Building

Gary Goby

The Lepman Brothers

Jim Dunning – Tangent Business Park – The first workspace for the mechanism.

Mechanism

Platt Electric

North Coast Electric

Marathon Motors

IBEW Training Center

Teledyne Wah Chang – Testing the materials of the crankshafts.

Ormet – XRay inspection of crankshafts.

Equipment

Crane driven by Ron Reimers

R.L. Reimers Construction

Ron used this forklift/crane many times to move and handle the big, heavy items of the mechanism. Setting the center pole was a challenge for us and his help has made the moves much more pleasant.

John on scissor lift

Mac McClanihan’s Scissor Lift

The scissor lift allowed us to work safely at the 11-foot level and lift heavy items into place without straining.  It improved the safety and speed of our setup in the first full mechanism assembly since 1953.

Flatbed trailer

Flatbed Trailer

Gary Goby allowed us to use the trailer for moving the mechanism. It greatly simplified the logistics of transporting the heavy, and very long parts that make up the carousel.