• "I was truly impressed by the outstanding quality of the firm’s work and by Ian Agrell's enthusiasm and professional commitment"
    F. Carey Howlett
    Hermitage Foundation
  • "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
  • "...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"
    David Owen Tryba
  • "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


Agrell Architectural Carving has earned the reputation for being one of the most quality-oriented woodcarving companies in the world. Fine-tuned by more than 30 years of magnificent commissions, we offer our clients a highly experienced management team and more than 20 expert craftspeople to deliver your important projects on time, to budget and to the highest caliber.

We employ only traditional hand-carving techniques in our projects for private residences, religious structures and public buildings. Our skills are second to none. All the work you see on this site has been undertaken by dedicated carvers who use only hand tools such as chisels, gauges and mallets. In fact, we are one of the few woodcarving companies still in existence that never carve by machine.


Ornamentation is a risky business. If done poorly it can ruin the hard work, time and money that has already been invested in the project. For example, a plain but well-profiled molding will fail spectacularly with the addition of badly executed decoration.

Good design is central to our philosophy. Whether your project is simple or complex, design is the starting point from which everything flows. Because our work is uniquely created for each job, we have the opportunity at an early stage to help your team manipulate the best-possible design and workmanship to fit your budget.

Renaissance panel hand-carved in wood by Agrell Architectural Carving

Recent Blog Entries

Gallery: The School Of Classical Woodcarving

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - 20:12

Ian Agrell led another woodcarving class this past week at his workshop in San Rafael, California. A group of four dedicated students worked on a variety of projects, including lettering, acanthus motifs, egg-and-dart moulding, and sculpture in the round.

Ian Agrell featured in latest Glenmorangie ad campaign

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 - 20:18

We're honored and excited to see company founder Ian Agrell featured in this beautiful ad campaign from the famed Irish whisky distillery, Glenmorangie.(It just so happens that Glenmorangie is Ian's favorite tipple, so everyone's happy.)

Here’s where you can buy a Downton Abbey staircase

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 - 15:52

Downton Abbey returned to the USA this week with Season 5. (Oh, and if you’re in the UK, no spoilers please!) We love PBS’s highest-ever rated drama, and not just for its “intimately interlaced stories,” as PBS puts it. Though we do enjoy Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, our favorite character is the highly ornamented Downton Abbey itself.