Ochusjob, Chiapas, Chariot 1982 photo by Antonio Turok


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Village Carousel Project: 2017 - 2020


The team at Village Carousel Project* will help you or your group establish a small traditional style community carousel in your village, wherever it is, VCP will be your partner from inception to completion. The long term goal is to set up a workshop to facilitate community member participation through skill training in the production of local carousels.

We intend to provide an educational-training wood and metal workshop as well as a finish-paint studio. City parks, schools, and community centers are the venues best suited to these human or electric powered carousels. Funding is diverse and unique for each particular carousel project, with you we will use a range of methods and tools to help raise money. Skill training with local materials and participation are very rewarding aspects of taking ownership of the carousel for your community.
The cost of a complete carousel in Chiapas, Mexico is approximately US$5,000, this depends on in-kind community participation to build the pavilion/palapa.

William Dentzel, fifth generation master 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. This latest phase of carousel creation is an amalgam of Internet connectivity with local vocational training, workshop colaboration, community elder planning, international relations and family wellbeing. The VCP is currently headquartered in Port Townsend, Washington, USA and soon plans to have a local project workshop-studio-office in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.

*Village Carousel Project is the not-for-profit department of the Dentzel Carousel Company