Other Services

Project Consulting and Coordinating:

We will come to your machine to consult with your maintenance crew, ride operator or local machinist on what the problem is and how to best repair the machine.

  • Project consulting and coordinating
  • Troubleshooting
  • Directly work with the state ride inspector to insure that all aspects of the
    carousel meet the specific state regulations and requirements.

Inspections and Maintenance:

We travel extensively across this country and Canada to inspect and maintain machines.

Repair:

Some repairs can be made on site and others have to be made in the shop.

  • On-site repairs
  • Off-site repairs

Restoration:

Paint Shop:

Our paint shop crew is made up of artists, painters, detail finishers, gilders and sculptors.
We have made extensive use of the top carousel artists working today and can collaborate with the best of the carousel artists and artisans working in the United States, as we did when we brought the “Dream Team” together to restore the Please Touch Museums, Woodside Dentzel in Philadelphia.

The paint shop is where we do the final preparation of all the parts that are to be painted and varnished. We have developed a successful process using different types of paints on the carousel figures. Depending on what the client wants or needs determines the finish that will be used. The paint shops large spray booths are capable of handling the largest carousel parts we need to prime or finish. The parts are sanded smooth, we mask off all necessary areas then the parts are sprayed for a smoother consistent finish. Our finish painter has been described as “the most amazing awesome sprayer of finishes I have ever seen.” We also do apply brushed on varnish by hand depending on what finish the client wants. While everyone wants to paint the figures, we have been very fortunate in having qualified artists that can correctly do both the prep work and “awesome” finish paint.

The grandeur of an era that faded from our lives is being revitalized by our artisans and artists by bringing colorful pieces of history back to life in faithful restoration or reproduction of the original design.

  • Figure Painting
  • Facade Painting
  • Leafing
  • Gilding
  • Varnish

Mechanical:

The Mechanicals consist of the over all frame of the carousel, the whole mechanism as a unit. In keeping with carousel mfg. rich heritage we boast high performance in our traditional or all metal machines.

We repair or replace the mechanics of old machines to keep them in running condition, and fabricate new mechanicals, including all of the castings, the weldments, everything that comes together to make the main frame. With our precision engineering and mechanical cast parts and attention to the detail of balance and ratios our machines operate effortlessly year round.

Having our own patternmakers allows us to make our own custom patterns for any part we need to have cast or reproduced to maintain the original integrity of any machine.

Machine Shop:

Being a full service carousel manufacturer, we are capable of doing all repairs, making new parts or remanufacturing of broken or missing parts. We pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and service.

All castings and billet materials are machined into finished parts. We are skilled at custom bending cranks; fabricating weldments for gearbox and motor mounts, and the repair and
re-sleeving of bearings, babbitted bearings and sleeved bronze bearings.

Our machine shop can manufacture all custom hardware like specialized eyelets and bent hook rods, cranks and specialized bronze bearings.

The spinning tubs are metal fabrications they are fun for all ages, so to add a little something different we offer a line of spinning tubs that turn 360° while the carousel is in motion.

Forgings:

We hand forge our drop rods, guy rods and cranks for use on the new machines built here and for the replacement of worn or broken parts on old machines; meticulously matching the measurements to that of the of old parts.

  • Drop rod- support from sweep to platform.
  • Guy rod- support from sweep to pole.
  • Crank- horizontal rod that moves figures up and down.

Castings:

With our own in house pattern makers, we are capable of designing new castings or matching old style castings for any part of the machine from the Gears at the top to the High Hats at the bottom.

  • Bearings — we can supply the many sizes used on a machine.
  • Floor Pivot — connects the jumper pole to the deck.
  • Gears — many types and sizes are used throughout a machine. We can provide new replacement gears for anywhere
    on a carousel.
  • High Hats — used under figures to hide the deck mounting. These are our own original design, and cast from your
    choice of brass or aluminum.
  • Jumper Yokes — hold the figures pole to the crank.
  • Pillow Bearings — hold the cranks onto the sweeps.
  • Stirrups — are used to mount the figures. These are our own original cast metal design; featuring three stirrups lengths on each side to accommodate the littlest to the longest legs and have a wider stirrup to provide a better fit for the footwear worn today. In addition we now manufacture a new line of Safety Stirrups.
  • T-bearings — attach the pole to the crank.

Wood Shop:

We have a full woodworking shop capable of doing cabinet work, mill work, pattern work, and accurate duplication of any part. In this shop we do all our own woodworking for each carousel, the parts we build in here are everything from the necessary millwork, the vaulted ceilings and the center surround panels, the facades, the floors and decks, We also do the blocking up of the carousel figures, head and body, and the chariots being careful to correctly orient the grain of the wood in both the new projects and in the restoration of original pieces.

Carvings:

The wood shop is where all the roughly sawn fabrication blocks start taking shape, whether its figures or facades, new, restoration or replacement, the finely carved elements on the curls, flowers or figures are given the same attention to detail. All carvings can be one of a kind or duplicated or the designs can be modified to suit a particular need. In this shop we can design and produce entirely new figures or copy the figures created years ago by your favorite master carvers.

With our skilled craftsmen we can custom design and carve the fancy decorative elements on the carousels from the ornate facades including band organs, chariots, horses, menagerie animals, corbels, to the light bars. The band organ facade traditionally is the most elaborate carving on a carousel. We carve intricate band organs to match the style and theme of a particular carousel. Also we have carved band organs for new machines, as well as replacements on old machines, and have restored old band organ facades for individual collectors of band organs.

  • Horses
  • Figures
  • Band Organ
  • Rounding Boards
  • Shields
  • Corbels
  • Light Bars
  • Chariot Benches, Rocking Chariots, Handicap Chariots

Chariots are for people who may be reluctant to climb upon a horse. We have designed new chariots and meticulously restored original. When asked to alter an old chariot for handicap accessibility, we prefer to modify the design based on the original and carve a new replacement chariot so we are able to preserve the original chariots for posterity. Our Rocking Chariots are powered by the overhead cranks which moves the chariot back and forth as the carousel spins.

Millwork:

Our millwork is custom fabricated to match any piece of wood on a carousel, all style moldings, facades, vaulted ceilings, decks, and replacement wood beams.

Pattern Making:

We are capable of producing patterns mounting them on boards and gating to produce a fully working pattern ready for the foundry. For many years we have been fabricating patterns for industrial applications for use in the production of metal castings, gears, stirrups, bearings, and all other metal parts found on a carousel.

ADA Compliant:

We custom design and manufacture handicap chariots making them ADA compliant. These chariots are made to blend in nicely with antique carousels and bring them up to ADA compliance without damaging the old original chariots.

Electrical:

We build our own commutators and do all of our own electrical work. Commutators are the magical part that allows the machine to have electric without the wires wrapping around the pole.

Electric Motors:

We use new Electric Motors with a computerized drive unit. These motors have an electronically controlled start and stop function built into the program, and the speed and length of the ride can be pre-programmed, this ensures greater safety and reduces hands-on operation.