Date(s) & Time(s)::
June 8, 2013 at 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM
Location: 180 Thompson Street, North Tonawanda, NY 14120
When Allan Herschell first began producing carrousels in the 1880s, he was fortunate to have a local population of talented carvers to draw his workforce from. The beauty and craftsmanship of the hand-carved horses created by these carvers during the golden age of carrousels is unmatched. Come learn more about their tools and techniques from Doug Bathke, the museum’s carving instructor, who has been carving for 49 years and teaching for 38. Discover why the Herschell companies were the most prolific carrousel producers in America, and why many of the carvers did not consider themselves artists—though their work is highly prized today. More than a lecture, Mr. Bathke will demonstrate the carving process, which has changed little over the decades. You may even get to chip away with the chisel yourself!