Artists Showcase Hand Crafted Carousel Animals

Ken Means

Have you ever taken the time to appreciate the intricate art of a carousel? Well, today is the day! While there might not be a permanent carousel in Franklin, Ken & Wendy Means want to change that and, in honor of National Carousel Day, they are inviting the public to view their handcrafted carousel animals today, Thursday, 25 noon until 6 p at The Factory at Franklin.

Renowned artist Ken Means has opened a studio inside The Factory in Franklin. Inside you will find hand-carved carousel animals, some up to eight feet tall. Means and his wife Wendy, who create the masterpieces, find inspiration for each animal from books they read. From there, a drawing of the animal is created, it’s then hand-carved, hand-painted, and given a name. You can find Llamrel, Arthur’s mare from the legendary Camelot, and Hidalgo the horse and many more.

At the nudge of their daughter, who lives in Williamson County, the couple left their longtime home in Coquille, Oregon to make a new one here bringing with them a truck load of animals in hopes of one day seeing their creations on a carousel. Each one with intricate details that may take seeing more than once to notice. From the roping detail to hidden characters and more, each one is unique.

Mean says, his daughter called one day and said I’ve rented a space, you have 30 days to pack up and move down here.

Now they want to share their work with the community. Stop by the studio inside The Factory at Franklin today, Thursday, 25 at noon until 6 p  and meet Wendy and Ken Means. Photos will be allowed on the chariot, a bench created by Means for the carousel.

Before moving to the area, Means owned a carousel carving school in Oregon where students would come from across the country to learn his techniques. Means was also commissioned by William Shatner to create a custom horse, a portrait of a horse he owned.

A grand opening for the studio will be announced at a later date.