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Miniature Carousel Builders Corner

This month's beautiful and grand example of carousel art was constructed by Jerry Defenderfer of Pennsylvania. Jerry is one of the three founding members of Miniature Carousel Builders, Inc. which was organized in 1986 in his home. He has always been supportive, and accessible to new members in helping them build their first carousel.

Jerry and his wife, Sally, are charter members. We have been told that Sally does not help with the construction but she keeps the workshop 'clean as a whistle.'

The following carousel was displayed in the MCB Exhibit at the Valley Mall, Hagerstown, Md. and the photos were taken at that time.


  • Base: 48" dodecagon (12-sided)
  • Carousel: 32" Diameter; 12" Height
  • Twelve sweeps, three rows
  • Type: Crank Type
  • Gazebo type structure; roof made of 3,000 hand-made 'cigar box' wooden shingles


This carousel was the second of eight carousels built by Jerry and was under construction for one year in 1987. It features 32 *'jumper' menagerie animals, two chariots and 240 lights. Victorian postcards were used on the rounding board and the inside picture board. An artful ticket booth with an attendant adds to the realistic image.

This unusal design features a miniature dodecagon gazebo containing a 'working' carousel centered atop the shingled roof. This carousel features two rows of 20 menagerie animals and two chariots.

This grand carousel is topped with a lighted, stained-glass dodecagon cupola.

"The Defenderfers frequently display their carousels in nursing homes in Franklin and Adams counties. Also, they have displayed in the Pennsylvania Tourist Welcome Center, (MD-PA).

*Jumpers are animals that go up and down.

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