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Celebrating July 4th with patriotic eagles

Monday, July 4, 2016 - 18:34

We would like to wish our friends, family and colleagues in the United States and very happy July 4th / Independence Day. We celebrate this with some examples of our patriotic wood carvings of eagles.

Agrell Architectural Carving hand carved patriotic eagle based on John Ballamy design

On the day in history: 28th June 1919: Treaty of Versailles. French woodcarving and interior decoration

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 17:28

On this day in history the 28th June 1919 the Treaty of Versaille was signed - one of the peace treaties at the end of World War I. Given the anniversary and the current news I decided to write a bit about French interior decoration and discuss (just some of) the projects we have been involved with over these last few years.

Agrell Architectural Carving French hand carved wood paneling copy of Versaille

Do you want to learn woodcarving ... in France?

Monday, March 21, 2016 - 19:38

woodcarving classes

Ian Agrell has been running the School of Classical Woodcarving in the United States for more than 20 years. In that time he's taught around 300 students, many of whom have gone on to become professional woodcarvers.

Flashback: Restoring the heavily burned Utah Governor's Mansion

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 21:57

By David Agrell

Last April a fire ravished Clandon Park, a Grade I-listed house near Guildford, Surrey, and earlier this week the National Trust announced it would use approximately £65 million in insurance compensation to salvage the once-stunning Palladian mansion. (You may recognize it from the 2008 film Keira Knightley film, The Duchess.)

NEW: Product line available!

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 20:29

Agrell Architectural Carving is excited to announce the launch of a made-to-order product line, sold online through our sister company, Astor & Mallet.

Want a Downton Abbey staircase? Start here

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 02:40

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 - 22:03

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—and more comfortable with the bid.

5 fun analogies that explain our work

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 23:23

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? 

Another happy client - de Gournay

Monday, September 8, 2014 - 18:38

"Really, really pleased with carvings , I would not hesitate to use you again and will be recommending you to everyone in the trade that I know, thankyou so much !"

Philip Rose

de Gournay

September, 2014

Taking the influence of Strahov Monastery to hand carve a beautiful baroque library

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 19:38

Located in Prague, Czech Republic stands the magnificent Strahov Monastery which was originally founded in 1149.  Over the course of 800 years this building has withstood a fascinating history of fire, war and renovations.