SMSA Students Learn About Carousel Restoration

SPOTLIGHT on EXCELLENCE     Issue 23     February 11, 2013

SMSA Students Learn About Carousel Restoration

The 1100’s was the start to what we now call The Carousel.  What we now use as a mechanical horseback ride was once only a game called garosello or carosella; which means little war. It became a mechanical ride in the 1700s but wasn’t popular until the golden ages between the 1860s and 1930s.
As a class, the students at Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (SMSA) took a trip to Plainville, CT to visit Mr. Bill Finkenstein’s Carousel’s Restoration where he sells and restores Carousel figurines dating all the way back to the 1800’s. He began his career of restoring and building carousel pieces when he attended Pier School of Art.  Because of his artistic abilities, he has helped fix and create carousel pieces for Lighthouse Point and Coney Island. He even went to New Orleans after hurricane Katina hit to help restore their magnificent carousel.  Mr. Finkenstein has become world renowned for the work he has done for the past 35 years, Mr. Finkenstein has now passed on the business to his son Gabe, who follows in his father’s footprints.  Although Mr. Finkenstein has retired from his business he still does workshops and tours by appointment to show others of his very unique business.  Gabe, on the other hand has a website where you can find their information as well as contact him.  The business is WRF Designs and can be found at finkensteinstudios.com.
 

Carousel figures dating back to the 1800’s
 
Carousel horses on display are in various states of repair
 
Mr. Finkenstein show scale models of a carousel he and his son Gabe plan to build featuring endangered species
 
These beautiful figurines are ¼ scale

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