Carousel animals on show for three days in Oakland Essay

Art-restoration studios are rarely open to the public, but this month
you can visit a most unusual one: the Tobin Fraley Studio, which
rebuilds the faded and broken creatures of carousels. Horses, roosters,
and dragons hang from the rafters; others, sanded and ready, sit
awaiting a festive paint job.

Stop by anytime from 5 to 10 P.M. on February 23, 10:30 to 5:30 on
the 24th, and 10:30 to 4:30 on the 25th. You’ll see about 60
restored animals (some for sale) from the master carvers of the heyday of the American carousel, roughly 1880 to 1920; these include Gustav
Dentzel’s realistic menagerie creatures and the tasseled horses of
Charles Looff.

There’ll be slide shows, restoration lectures, and books for
sale. The studio is at 3246 Ettie Street, #3; from State 17 (Nimitz
Freeway), take the Cypress Street exit and go east on 32nd Street to
Ettie. There’s free street parking.