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Miniature Carousel Builders Corner

This month we are featuring a beautiful, unique, artful carousel crafted by Harold “Barney” Barnes, Pennsylvania, a member of the Miniature Carousel Builders since 2003. According to Barney, he was looking for a hobby when he retired early, and his wife, Beverly, gave him a scroll saw. For twenty years, he has scroll sawed craft items which he sells. -- including theme clocks, a Ferris Wheel, and carnival swings. Anyone interested in purchasing his crafts may contact him at 717-264-2122 or e-mail

This carousel was two years in construction and completed in June 2006. Ken Adams, President of MCB, assisted Barney in the mechanical construction.

It is important to note that all scrolling was crafted with a scroll saw, (not laser).


  • Base: 28” Diameter, 8˝" Height/LI>
  • Carousel: 26” Diameter; 24" Height
  • Twelve Sweeps, Three rows
  • Lights: 332 colored and clear
  • Type: Overhead Crank
  • Original Design

The 30 menagerie animals were scroll cut from mahogany, oak, walnut, butternut and poplar. Beverly hand-sanded the animals to prepare them for the lacquer finish. The carousel also features a scroll cut stagecoach and sleigh. White maple was used for the carousel platform.

The rounding board is stained Baltic birch with scroll cut designs, lights, and pictures of grandchildren in scroll cut frames. Mirrors cover the mudsill, with scroll cut frames mounted on the picture board. The canopy, made from Baltic birch, has scroll cut designs, and a walnut finial tops the carousel.

The base is trimmed with scroll cut fence and “x” designs, with colored lights inserted inside the designs. Scroll cut wagon wheel designs are mounted on the octagon support A cassette player mounted inside the base provides taped band organ carousel music. A scroll cut ticket booth adds an authentic touch.

Barney and Beverly exhibited the carousel for the first time at the MCB Exhibit at the Valley Mall, Hagerstown, MD in July 2006.

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