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
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.