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Local man makes carousel animals by hand

Posted at 6:59 PM, Aug 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-16 19:59:13-04

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — A local, who artist creates carousel animals by hand, now has a new studio in Franklin

As kids we are mesmerized by the carousels at amusement parks -the music and the colors lured us in for a ride.

The wooden world of Ken Means is made up of beautifully crafted and lifelike animals ready to ride. He turns blocks of wood into a whimsical world of caricature animals.

"My vision of art is something that people can enjoy and cherish for a long long time," said Means.

The artist taught painting and drawing in California which led him to the fantasy world of carousel art. And now his collection and studio are at the factory in Franklin.

It takes him about four months to carve and paint each one of his sculptures and you can watch from the window or come inside.

"I invite people to come in and take pictures. I invite the kids to come and touch. I can't have them get on because no insurance, but if I could I would," he explained

His goal is to carve enough animals to build his own carousel. He has 27 pieces and just needs five more.