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Basket Case Dentzel Restoration
An example of a Dentzel in bad shape - this animal was left out in the elements in Alaska for several years. The damage was very extensive and the restoration quite time consuming. This is the animal as it was found.
Pieces were missing, all the glue joints delaminated, and dry rot, screw, and nail damage all had to be remedied. It had bottle caps in place of glass eyes.
Most carousel animals are glued with a hide glue and dowels - no metal fasteners were used - so all the screws and nails had to be removed and the joints reglued and doweled.
Worn areas were built back up to original contours using a fairing epoxy compound. Missing pieces were recarved, and the surface was carefully sanded, sealed, and painted.
The finished horse is barely recognizeable from the "designer kindling".
A close-up of the magnificent detail!