Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
“Woodland Park Zoo’s carousel was produced by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company. It is one of only about 150 vintage hand-carved wooden carousels remaining in the world, down from more than 5,000 at the turn of the twentieth century.
Horses on the carousel stand three abreast. The steeds on the outside ring are the largest and most elaborately carved, and they do not move up and down as the carousel revolves. Several horses in the middle ring are considered to be the carousel’s most unique: one with two golden griffins carved into the saddle blanket, one draped with an American flag, and a horse with highly detailed flower carvings.
Several horses have carved animal pelts under their carved saddles and some feature animals such as a hare or dog strapped to the back of the saddle.Philadelphia Toboggan Company produced the carousel installed at Woodland Park Zoo on commission for the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918. The carousel was identified as PTC No. 45. It is one of only three carousels thought to have been completely hand-carved by master carver John Zalar (except the chariot sides are attributed to Daniel Muller).”
I used a fair amount of Nik Tonal Contrast to bring out the details on the horse’s face.