• "...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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 Carving: English Rococo chimney piece. Getty, San Francisco.

Private Residences

VIDEO: This short video describes the companies philosophy and shows our work   



Working on private residences, where our carving expertise and designs  can turn a space into something quite extraordinary, is always a pleasure. Our projects range from elegant frames and elaborate doorways to carved paneled walls and ceilings. We work closely with the architect, decorator or client on design and execution.  Depending on costs and logistics we will partner with the existing mill shop on site, supplying just the carved ornamentation, or undertake the whole project by delivering both construction and carving.

Client: Gordon and Ann Getty, San Francisco

Interior Designer: LeavittWeaver, USA and Canada.


"Agrell Architectural Carving has created a woodcarving workshop of international stature here in the United States, and work like this is a true testimony to their craftsmanship."

— Stephen Weaver, Interior Designer


When this project was first presented, it was composed of several large distorted photocopies, which had been enlarged from a small picture. These images were pinned to the wall (the same wall you see in the picture) where it was eventually to be installed. 

Adam Thorpe, who at the time was the youngest elected British Master Carver and our Chief Wood Carver, took on the challenge of making this multifarious vision a reality.

To start, Adam went to London's famous Victoria and Albert Museum to draw the relevant elements he found within the museum's collections, and produced full-sized drawings for the client and the designers to review. Next, he researched how these chimney pieces were constructed (pretty crudely) and in particular, how the different parts of the mirror would be attached (pretty cleverly). He also studied the strength and depth of the carving as he knew this varies greatly and would effect timing and cost. 

After approximately 3,600 hours of hand carving, including extensive gilding, the result is a masterpiece of stunning beauty—easily one of the most astonishing pieces of English Rococo ever recreated.

Our dear friend, Adam Thorpe, is a draftsman and classical woodcarver of exceptional talent. We highly recommend his work and invite you to visit his website at www.ornatech.com .