Our Vision Statement
Details About The Carousel
We are so fortunate to have had a 1909 Dentzel Carousel Corporation mechanism donated to our project. Our initial plan was to purchase a new mechanism that would hold 32 animals. However, Bill Dentzel, great-grandson of Gustav Dentzel the founder of Dentzel Carousel Corporation, heard of our project and arranged for the antique mechanism to be donated to us. The Albany Carousel owes a great debt of gratitude to both Bill Dentzel and the National Carousel Association, the actual owner of the mechanism prior to it being donated to our project through Bill Dentzel.
This classic mechanism took over ten years to restore to working order; every wooden gear tooth, every mirror panel, every motor that turns the carousel platform, has been meticulously restored. The lead engineer on this project is a gentleman by the name of Carl Baker, who with a fine crew of volunteers has done a fantastic job in turning this truckload of “oh my word, what have we gotten ourselves into” into the marvel it is today!
There are many ways to bring joy to our community here at the carousel, from carousel operator to gift shop cashier to cafe attendant to volunteer artisan.
Painting & Carving
Painting is also performed by volunteers and, like the carvers, they start on beginning projects and advance at their own pace. The painting process is called “stippling”, it is a time-consuming activity but the results are amazing. We use oil paints and document what paints are used on each animal so that when the time comes an animal can be repaired.
We also invite experienced carvers and painters to join us and provide instruction for volunteers. Help with passing on techniques that were once commonplace but now considered “old-world” is a major goal. We provide this instruction to anyone over the age of 14 who demonstrates both the desire to learn and to adhere to our safety standards and general policies.
Museum and Gift Shop
We welcome anyone who wishes to volunteer as a Museum Docent, Carousel Operator, Operator Assistant, or Gift Shop volunteer. We will train these individuals about our project and show you how to the job you are interested in. We provide the opportunity to meet new friends and learn new skills that will last a lifetime and even possibly inspire others in your life to participate.