I can't think of anyone that doesn't like a carousel; and, now, John and I have our first finished carousel horse to call our own. We finished it up this morning. This one started out as eight blocks of wood and John hand carved them into this beauty. This was his very first attempt at carving anything. He has been working on it off and on for the last six years. It took me six months to get it painted as it has about six layers of paint and about three layers of lacquer on top of that---each one having to completely dry before the next one was put on. I used artist oils, oil based enamel, and some acrylics. I had to do it this way in order to get the colors I wanted. Just thought I would share it with you.
He has four more in various stages of completion. The next one that will be finished is the middle size horse, which "Little" John likes to sit on in Granddaddy's shop. Did you know that real carousel horses come in three different sizes? I didn't until just recently. The outside horse is the largest, the middle horse is a bit smaller, and the inside horse is a lot smaller. The reason for this is that as the floor of the carousel-- being like a donut--gets smaller, the horses have to be smaller in order to fit.
Next photo shoot on the carousel horses may be a while---hopefully not six years! ;)