Official Name: Thunder
Sponsor: The Backer Family
Carver: Lyde Buchtenkirch-Biscardi
Currently living in Hyde Park, New York, Lyde grew up living on Long Island. After High School, she attended and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park. Continuing in the field that she loved, Lyde taught culinary arts programs at the institute for 20 years. During that time she was recognized as an accomplished artisan receiving numerous medals in various competitions.
Lyde retired in order to pursue other interests, which also focused on the arts. She now spends her time creating sculptural works in metal and in wood. In addition, she is an accomplished gardener.
Her longtime love of horses, and recent ownership of them, seemed to create a natural path to her willingness to undertake the carving of the only horse on the Adirondack Carousel. Her draft horse depicts the animals that were a huge part of the logging industry of days gone by.