An essential part of the Carousel restoration is the 28 unique horses. Each horse must be stripped of its paint, fiberglass and other materials that have been used over the years to repair it. Once that work is completed, actual restoration will begin.

Restoration work will be undertaken by local artisans and tradespeople following the guidelines produced by Lisa Parr.

Once the repair work has been completed, each horse will be painted in a manner that will emphasize its features as close to factory colours as possible. Finally, the finished horse will be coated with varnish as a means of protecting everything that has been done.

This will include:

  • The removal of deteriorated or rotted materials and their replacement
  • Insertion of wood panels to fill any gaps between sections of the horse
  • Trimming and sanding of those inserts
  • Securing of any loose sections or parts
  • Carving of replacement sections, particularly the tail and mane
  • Overall sanding of the horse