• "Your work looks incredible. A special thanks to you for making us look brilliant for choosing you for the project"
    David Wick
    Owner of O.B.Williams
  • "I was truly impressed by the outstanding quality of the firm
    F. Carey Howlett
    Hermitage Foundation
  • "...the incredible effort you and your talented staff put forth in the chair for His Holiness Pope John Paul II*...was well beyond our expectations" *(Now known as Saint John Paul II)
    David Owen Tryba
  • "The level of craftsmanship shown is amazing. How you can produce something of such quality from a simple lump of wood is beyond me"
    David Shiress, Design Manager
    Taylor Made Joinery Interiors, Suffolk

Master Carver, Ian Agrell, discusses the philosophy behind Agrell Architectural Carving.

The Woodcarving Experts

Agrell Architectural Carving, founded by Master Carver, Ian Agrell in 1978, is recognised as one of the foremost architectural carving companies in the world. We specialise in classical design and hand carving for private residences, commercial buildings and ecclesiastical structures.

When you work with us, there are no limitations to what we can create. We employ the same methods and tools used by the generations of wood carvers before us. Look closely and you’ll discover there is a delicacy and beauty that only carving by hand can reveal.


Pre designed Period Style Rooms


At Agrell Architectural Carving, design is everything. Whether it’s a simple yet elegant hand-carved wood fireplace mantel or a series of complex renaissance panels, we proudly stand by our commitment to provide you with workmanship of outstanding quality. You can also be confident your project will be delivered on time and within your budget, regardless of volume, project size or location. The key is collaboration.

To ensure an open and continuous dialogue and complete confidentiality, Ian Agrell personally directs all projects from start to finish. The Agrell Architectural Carving team includes over 15 highly skilled wood carvers and three project managers. Which means, in addition to our large wood carving capacity, we also provide you with your own project manager who, alongside Ian, ensures that all details are managed to your complete satisfaction and that your project moves forward in a timely manner.

Recent Blog Entries

Want a Downton Abbey staircase? Start here

Monday, January 5, 2015 - 23:11

Over at Agrell Architectural Carving's USA-based website, company CEO Ian Agrell has given a (somewhat ballpark) breakdown of what it would take to carve a grand oak staircase as featured in the TV hit, Downton Abbey. Want to learn more? Brace yourself and then head to www.agrellcarving.com.

Why do hand-carved capitals cost so much?

Monday, October 27, 2014 - 19:04

We bid on a lot of capitals. Whether the client requests Ionic capitals, Corinthian capitals, a mixture of the two (usually called Composite) or something entirely different, our estimates are often met with sticker shock. Why do they cost so much? We're happy to answer this question to help the client become more familiar with the process

5 fun analogies that explain our work

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 18:56

Type "carved appliques" into a search engine and several websites appear with images of "carvings" alongside an extraordinarily cheap price. In fact, machine-carved or even poorly hand-carved decoration has become so ubiquitous that many designers, architects, and joinery companies may not realise how bad it really is.  Unfortunately, what was once considered "unacceptable" has gradually become "good enough." If nobody knows any better, who cares?