Birk Petersen built this working miniature carousel with hand-carved wooden horses for his family. An accompanying sound system plays songs, the lights work, and the carousel turns. In fact, the figures in the inner two rows even move up and down (outer row fixed). The photos around the upper façade are of Birk, his wife, his kids, and his grandchildren.

Mr. Petersen created a vast array of projects over his lifetime, ranging from miniature engines to hand-cranked animations and more. He built functional miniatures like a 1/3 scale Gatling gun or a 1/4 scale Case steam tractor, but he also built mechanical creations for the fun and enjoyment of his family. When Birk passed away in 2015, his family graciously donated over 150 items from his collection for display at the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum, where they are currently on display. We thank the Petersen family for sharing his extensive collection, which demonstrates the broad interests and many talents of Birk Petersen.

Birk Petersen built this carousel with hand-carved wooden horses for his family.

Exhibit added: May 7, 2016 - Last modified: January 19, 2024

Presented by The Joe Martin Foundation for Exceptional Craftsmanship