Manufacture of Joinery and Carving
Apprenticed to the famous joiners and carvers at Herbert Read Ltd of Exeter, our craftsmen have all worked with us for many years and are thus able to produce complex work of exceptional craftsmanship while sourcing materials of the very best quality.
All new work is manufactured and fitted by our professional teams working under the direct supervision of Hugh Harrison.

Below is a gallery of some of our joinery and carving work - click on the arrows to move left and right through the slides or click on the 'pictures' tab to see a selection of thumbnail images.

1a. St Thomas More, Madison Ave, New York: Various furnishings

Besides a pulpit and altar rails which we designed and made for this eminent Catholic church, a fitting memorial to commemorate the dedicatee was sought.

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1b. St Thomas More, Madison Ave, New York: Various furnishings

We designed this to reflect Sir Thomas More’s philosophy as revealed in his book Utopia. The sculpture of Sir Thomas is modelled on the famous Holbein portrait.

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2. St Thomas, 5th Ave, New York: Canopy for columbarium

New York’s most famous mid-town Episcopal church just opposite St Patrick’s Cathedral commissioned a columbarium which was designed by Gerald Allen AIA. Hugh Harrison’s design for a canopy was accepted and all the carved work was made and fitted by the young team of craftsmen trained in our workshops.

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3a. St John of Lattingtown, Long Island, New York: Cloister front

Gerald Allen collaborated with Hugh Harrison on the design of a cloister to create a covered walkway from the church to the Church Hall.

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3b. St John of Lattingtown, Long Island, New York: Cloister front

This stepped cloister celebrates the wonderful diversity of trees that grow locally. Our craftsmen made and carved the cloister which we also fitted on site.

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4a. Church of the Heavenly Rest, 5th Ave, New York: Choir stalls

Another celebrated design by Bertram Goodhue, the original low key choir stalls could not accommodate the current large choir.

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4b. Church of the Heavenly Rest, 5th Ave, New York: Choir stalls

The new stalls were designed in collaboration with Gerald Allen AIA in the English style of moulded oak and polychrome. The stalls were made, fitted and polychromed by our team.

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5a. Blundells School, Devon: Nave seating and furnishings for the Lady Chapel

We designed and made additional seating for the smaller students in this growing school.

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5b. Blundells School, Devon: Nave seating and furnishings for the Lady Chapel

The Lady Chapel, designed in the 1970s, was never fully furnished and had accumulated a disparate suite of pieces. We designed a new lighter roof lantern and all new seating, candlesticks, reading desk and door claddings, etc.

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5c. Blundells School, Devon: Nave seating and furnishings for the Lady Chapel

We designed a new lighter lantern and all new seating, candlesticks, reading desk and door claddings, etc.

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6a. Hanford School, Child Okeford, Dorset: Gallery in chapel

The chapel’s expanding numbers called for more seats, so we designed a complete gallery and staircase.

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6b. Hanford School, Child Okeford, Dorset: Gallery in chapel

The dark wood is walnut from the school grounds and the strapwork design on the front of the gallery reflects the architecture of the main house, which is Elizabethan.

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7a. Eton College, Windsor, Berks: New access door to School Hall

A new door was required in this formal hall so it was decided to make one panel as a secret pivoted door.

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7b. Eton College, Windsor, Berks: New access door to School Hall

The whole panel, some 4 metres high and 2 metres wide, was pivoted. The re-supported panel fitted to within 2mm on all edges without adjustment of the pivot point – luck or good management? A bit of both probably!

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8a. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

The location of the choir in the central crossing was poor in terms of sound direction so screens were designed help stop the sound drifting into the transepts.

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8b. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

We made the screens and were commissioned to design the angels which were created by Paul Fletcher ARCA.

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8c. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

These we carved following Paul’s sculpted maquettes.

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8d. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

Detail.

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8e. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

Detail.

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8f. Bath Abbey: Choir screens

Detail.

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9. HMS Warrior: Portsmouth Dock

A rather different commission to carve and gild all of the decorative carving around the poop deck, also the roundels on either side of the entry ports.

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10. Globe Theatre, London: Frons scenae and front columns

Our experience in working in this period helped provide the design of the capitals on the two great roof support columns, which we also carved. We made the pedestals for these columns and all the work forming the back of the original stage with its galleries for the VIPs who wanted to see and be seen.

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