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As he sharpens a chisel, Racer says that he continues to flesh out the anatomy of a whole menagerie of carousel animals he’d like to carve—giraffes, dogs, horses, bears, llamas, lions, deer, ostrich, hippos, tigers, rabbits, even garden snails. “I can draw it, carve it, prime it, and paint it,” he says, with a mischievous twinkle in his eye. “And if I wreck one of my own carousel carvings, I can restore it.”
 

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Evelyn C. White is editor of The Black Women's Health Book and author of the biography Alice Walker: A Life. Her work also appears in Smithsonian, Ms., Essence and others.

Photograph by Mark Compton

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