In His Memory

Carver - Dan Danielson

Dan, my father, has been carving carousel horses for over 20 years.
He has sold over 40 different horses over the years. 
Each animal is made just as the master carvers did dating back to the
early 1900's. Basswood is used for carving as it is a softer wood that
has few knots. The body is left hollow. Each full size horse takes over
3 months to complete, working 8 hrs a day and 40 hrs a week. My
father is a man that can do anything, as he proved here after he retired
and took up carving.
My Father passed away this past June but his horses will live on forever!
My Dad never once gave up on any project he started. I love my father so
much that I still can't believe he is gone. He will always be a part of me,
whatever I am or do, he is the reason I could. 

In His Memory

We have decided to donate the Illions Replica Carousel Horse to a local Hospital here in Stockton, CA.
I recently had a meeting with the Vice President from St Joseph's Hospital and we went over the details. When I told her I was donating one of his horses she was so excited.
St Joseph's Hospital is undergoing a re-model and when it is completed there will be an entire new Pediatric Wing. The construction is set to be completed in the Summer of 2011. At that time there will be an opening of some sort which I will update this page to reflect the date and times.
They have decided to decorate the entire Pediatric Wing with a Carousel theme to match the horse.  We wanted to give the horse to a place where children would be able to enjoy it.
We also talked about taking the child's photo on or near the Carousel Horse upon release from the hospital as a keepsake for them.  There will be a name plaque displayed near his horse once the new wing is open. 


 I have been in touch with them and as far as I know, this is still going to happen.


We are also donating another one of his horse to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. This is in the process so when I have exact details, I will update this page as soon as I know when and where. I am the webmaster for Cherokee Truck Parts, Bob Hitchcock is a good friend of mine. This year will the the 11th year for the Cherokee Truck Parts Cool Truck Show in Galt, CA. We plan a small presentation to the representative from Shriners. The truck show has raised thousands of dollars every year to benefit the hospitals.  Click here for a link to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children information for the Cherokee Truck Parts Truck Show.


I'm not too sure about giving one to Shriners.  They will take one but they want absolutely no strings attached.  They would not even tell me if they were going to throw it away.  That is the only way they take donations like that.  No promise that it would even go to the Hospital in Sacramento let alone California.  They do great things for children though so I am going to have to think about this one.  Anybody care to give me your opinion I would be grateful.  I like to critical think things like this so I am a little more sure that I am doing the right thing. 


I decided against the Shriners for the horse. I am afraid that it would get lost in a janitors closet someday and that would truly be a crime if it came to that.

New plan:

I donated the horse to the Child Abuse Prevention Council of San Joaquin County, CAPCA P.O. Box 7354 Stockton CA 95207. If you would like to visit their website, click this link

Every year they put on a lunch/auction. It's big here in the valley and people come from all walks of life to attend. I donated the horse which the put up for silent bidding. Bids are placed and a winner is chosen by the highest bid.

Prior to the event the horse was on display in Lodi at a downtown shop and was on display to promote the benefit. My mother-in-law shops at this store and saw the horse and immediately asked the clerk about it as she thought she recognized it. You see, she already has one of my fathers horses which we gave her for Christmas a few years ago. She knew it had to be my dads creation and she decided then and there that he wanted another one and placed her bid of 1,000. Worried someone else may get it, she returned the next day to increase her bid to 1,300. She wanted to be sure she got it. I had no idea she loved her other one so much that she wanted to have 2 of them. Happily she won the horse and is tickled with it. My father would have been so touched had he known how much she loves her other one that she paid for this one. It touched my heart. And I thank you so much Marie for showing me that. I will never forget it.

Love Debby