I have been a professional woodcarver since 1970, a carousel restorer since 1976 and a collector of New York State folklore since seventh grade. I learned my woodcarving trade by studying in England with the late Gino Masero. one of England’s 32 master carvers. During my career I have restored over 100 pieces of antique carousel art and have created approximately 250 pieces of original carousel art. The scope and diversity of my other work is demonstrated by my private client list which includes Disney, Cunard and the South Street Seaport.
Since 1984, I have been the head carver and chief consultant for the Empire State Carousel. This project, which features the work of over 1,000 craftspeople throughout New York State, culminated in the creation of a full-size operating merry-go-round–a truly unique machine that is entirely based on the theme of New York’s history and culture. Aptly described as a “museum you can ride on,” the carousel is on permanent display at the Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, NY.
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