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Roman carving at Vaison La Romaine

Friday, May 18, 2012 - 00:45

Vaison La Romaine, a wonderful market town with a population of about 6,500 persons, is very close to my heart and I visit there a lot. The town is situated in the Vaucluse region of France about 45 minutes north of Avignon - great Rhone wines - Gigondas, Sablet etc. - not far from Chateauneuf du Pap and Beaumes-de-Venise.




However, wines are not what I want to discuss here today. Today it's roman carving - the real stuff that we still copiously copy over two thousand years later.


Elevation plans of the organ case for the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Thursday, February 2, 2012 - 16:50

Agrell Architectural Carving recently won the contract of the magnificant organ case for the Cathedral of Saint Paul, c_Minnesota. Here are the elevation plans.

Agrell Architectural Carving is awarded a contract for the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 - 21:06

We are pleased to annouce that Agrell Architectural Carving has been awarded the contract to construct, decorate and install this incredible organ case for the Cathedral of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

The architect Duncan Stroik, the parish under the leadership of Father Joseph, Quimby Organ and Agrell Carving will be working on this project over the next year for a targeted installation of Easter 2013. Quimby organ will be restoring and improving the original organ at their workshop in Warrensburg Missouri.

Painted hand carvings

Monday, January 23, 2012 - 19:24

These panels were taken from the French Art Nouveau designer M.P. Verneuil's portfolio "Etude de la plante" published in the early 20th century.

They were originally designed for paper, textiles, ceramics and stained glass. I have loved his designs for many years and adapted them for carved wood to use in contemporary settings as architectural moldings, fire surrounds, bed head boards etc.

Dover Publications: Recommended by Agrell Architectural Carving for anyone involved in classical design.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 18:56

There are many wonderful books published by Dover and to be honest I don't know what we artisans and designers would do without this publishing company.

Additonal photographs of hand carved doors from Aix-en-Provence

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 19:22

Here are some additional photographs Ian took of hand carved doors in Aix-en-Provence.

The beautiful carved doors of Aix-en-Provence

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 17:38

If you needed any further excuse to go to Aix-en-Provence other than the architecture, food, wine - and (apparently) wonderful shopping - then check out the carved doors. This town is a carved door nerds dream. I am not sure why there are so many there but they certainly are elaborate and must have cost a few francs. So while my wife is in one of the many little boutiques I hang out, take snaps of the doors and pretend that I don't see her gesturing to me to come in and, "look at this... "

The witty stone carving of Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower

Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 19:20

I love this place!

This former bank built in 1927 in a deco/byzantine/Romanesque style by Robert Helmer of the architectural firm of Halsey, McCormack and Helmer. Although it is now used for snazzy do's, for the peasants there is a great Sunday antiques market during the winter months.

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World feature Agrell Architectural Carving

Saturday, December 3, 2011 - 02:35

Agrell Architectural Carving has been featured in the magazine Ecclesiastical and Heritage World www.ecclesiasticalandheritageworld.co.uk.


Beautifully simplistic Brooklyn Brownstones.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 21:13

Beautifully simplistic Brooklyn Brownstones.

Ian visited his son and daughter-in-law in New York for Thanksgiving last week. The weather was amazing for this time of year so they were able to do a lot of walks around the various neighbourhoods. Here Ian shares photos and opinions of some of the architrectural decoration in New York.


There are plenty of amazingly complex and well carved Brooklyn Brownstones but the examples I show here are beautifully simple.