Charles Oldham - Fine Wood Carvings
Architectural Woodcarving and Restoration

News from Charles Oldham Woodcarving

New benches in Rodden meadow


Frome town council held a competition to devise slogans to decorate two new oak benches for a well-loved meadow in the centre of Frome. I carved the lettering as a favour and we toasted their arrival with some local cider! A lovely community project.

Here's photos of me with the slogan writers Tim O'Connor and John Payne

Georgian (brackets) carving


Work in progress on a pair of brackets for a new Georgian house:

Light relief for Wylye Valley art trail


On the bench this week some light relief ready to go on exhibition at Matthew Burt's workshop in Hindon. It's venue 35 on the Wylye Valley art trail. Full info at

Dates are sat 23rd May to sun 31st May

Flog It!


Up to Ragley Hall to film an episode of Flog It with Paul Martin, talking Grinling a Gibbons style. Not sure when it will be aired.

Frome bench slogan competition


"Park yourself here"....?

I'm sure you can improve on this and you'd love to see your inspired slogan carved beautifully onto one of two new solid oak benches that Frome Town Council has ordered for Rodden Meadow, the most lovely open green space near the town centre?

The council bought two new solid benches and I've agreed, as a donation, to carve a short slogan onto each one of them so they decided to make it a competition with the town mayor, Peter Macfadyen choosing the winners. No prize other than the pride of seeing your words in wood.

You are limited to 40 characters for your slogan - including spaces!

Entries can be emailed to me or to by 30th November

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