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  • This man who I met yesterday is William Dentzel from Port Townsend. He lived with us in a house we rented to artists in residence nearly 40 years ago. Instead of paying rent Bill created beautiful wooden animals and built caroussels, he then built one in a small forgotten Mayan village a couple of hours from here, a place named Oxchocob. A caroussel with 4 beautifully painted wooden animals that you moved mecanically, there was no electricity. Bill left Chiapas 35 years ago and started his own family. Ten years ago his oldest son travelled to Oxchucob and still found that little caroussel working. Now Bill himself came and today he will take bus and combi and probably walk a bit to look for his caroussel - seed from back then.

    His family originally came from Germany to the US, four of r 5 generations of caroussel - builders. He still is at it and for special events puts his caroussel, a bigger one than the Oxchucob - version, in Port Tonsend and kids just loooveee it!

    Now he looks for new caroussel projects down here and I am helping.....
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