About Charles Oldham wood carver
Architectural Woodcarving and Restoration

About Charlie Oldham

Charles Oldham follows in the grand tradition of English woodcarving, restoring work by master carvers of the past, and creating new works using the same skills passed on by generations of wood carvers.

As well as conserving the objects he restores, Charles believes passionately in preserving the ancient skills he learned from an older generation of carvers. Following on from an Art School education in the 1970s, Charles entered the wood carving trade in London.

Picture of Charles Oldham

He served his apprenticeship in three London workshops run by master carvers of the time, specialising in fireplaces, picture frames and restoring the finest of the carved and gilded furniture and frames passing through the auction houses and the antiques trade.

Setting up his first independent workshops 1988 in Deptford in Southeast London, his work was soon recognised, and he was nominated onto the Master Carvers Association in 1990.

He has worked on some of the major restoration projects of Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Spenser House.

For the National Trust, he has carved a life sized sculpture of a carriage pony for the carriage museum at Arlington Court in Devon.

Now based at his workshop in Frome, Somerset. He has been involved in carving the replacement ornament work for the refurblishment of the Dower House in Bristol; impressive architectural replacement carving in Tredegar House, Newport in South Wales; and extensive restoration work on the fine carvings in Redland Chapel, Bristol.

A recent commission to carve eight Coats of Arms for a display in Oldham Borough Council's office has led to Charles being accepted as a member of the Society of Heraldic Artists.

Charles' work includes:

  • Carving new pieces which stand alone
  • Restoring pieces for the antique trade
  • Restoring some of the finest of the Chippendale Roccoco mirror frames
  • Interior design projects
  • Carved frame tables for furniture design
  • Architectural restoration on historic buildings
  • Specialist heraldic carving
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