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October 22, 2016

Reproduction Chair Backs

Just thought I’d share the finished product of one of my latest commissions. These reproduction Chair Backs are hand carved in Mahogany and will complement the other Chairs in the set.

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August 23, 2015

Low Relief Carving to commemorate those fallen in World War I

Can’t believe it was January the last time I blogged – clearly I’m not very good at keeping the blog updated but I have a few photos of some of the work that I have been doing over the last few months which I have added to the website. I finished this commission in May for a Church in Wales commemorating those fallen in World War I. The carved lettering on the solid Oak panels for this commission was unusual in that it was carved in low relief rather than the usual style of incised lettering. More photos can be viewed by visiting the Lettering page of my website.

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January 31, 2015

Hand Carved Claw Feet

Just finished these hand carved Claw Feet in Lime that will complete a piece of furniture for a private client. They were copied from an original that is in the photograph – can you tell which one was the original?

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December 7, 2014

Busy times for Wood carver and Gilder

Haven’t blogged for some time as the last few months I have been very busy with lots of commissions ranging from carved mouldings, furniture carving, restoration and conservation work and incised lettering. Here’s a photo of some incised lettering that I have recently completed for a Yacht company. More photos are available in my website of new work that I have just finished. Happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year to all of my clients and followers.

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June 7, 2014

Wood carved Eagles

I have recently finished this commission for two carved Eagles in Lime which will be gilded and fitted to some Reproduction Mirror Frames. If you want to see more uploaded photographs check out my gallery, design and wood carving pages. Keep checking my site for updates on my next commission, coming soon.  

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May 26, 2014

Carved Eagles for Period Reproduction Frames

I am just about to finish some wood carved Eagles in lime, just got the backing off to do. The Eagles are for two Period Reproduction Frames. I have designed these to replicate this certain style and I will upload the design and photographs in the next few weeks – so keep checking for updates.

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April 21, 2014

Mark Bridges Carvers & Gilders Ltd has moved

  It’s been some time since my last blog but we’ve now moved home and my business into the heart of Suffolk.   It’s almost a year since I last wrote to congratulate Jack and Claire on their retirement and I was sincerely saddened to learn that Jack passed away in January of this year. My sincere condolences to Claire and their family at this sad time.   Look out for my new video. You can view it by clicking here or click the ‘Watch Video’ button on my Home Page.  

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May 14, 2013

Masonic Centre Carved Lettering

Every year for the last 13 years I have been incise carving the new names and dates of the current masters to their appropriate lodge boards. Throughout this whole time I have been dealing with the steward Jack and his wife Claire. During my last visit in April Jack informed me that both of them are retiring. It has been an absolute pleasure working with Jack and his wife Claire and they have always been very accommodating with what I require to carry out the carving on site.   I hope they both have a fulfilled and happy retirement. Best wishes for the future Mark

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April 20, 2013

Cabinet making, Wood carving & Gilding

Just finished a commission for a private client who wanted a solid Mahogany folding table top for his boat. The timber I used was African Mahogany from sustainable forests. For stability the centre section of the top was made up from two pieces of timber using the biscuit joint method and all ends of the table top leaves were cross banded again for stability but also hides the end grain so it is aesthetically better. I  chose to use a PU adhesive in the joinery construction as it is impervious to salt water, chemicals and extreme temperature ranges. I then hand carved the name of the boat with incised lettering to the centre of the table top. After I had completed the carving I proceeded to oil gild the incised work with 23½ ct gold leaf. This has a stunning effect with the lustrous hue of the Mahogany and is complimentary to the solid brass hinges. The surface finish that I used is a tabletop hard wax oil and I applied a minimum of five coats all over. My clients were over the moon with the finished product which makes me extremely happy as I take great pride in my work.

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March 9, 2013

Wood carver honoured to be invited back

I have just completed a recent commission in one of London’s prestigious institutions where I was invited to return to carve and gild incised letters to the clients Roll of Honours Board. It’s been a few years since my last visit but it’s always a pleasure to work on such prominent and historical projects. I look forward to being invited again. Then back to the workshop to complete a pair of Rococo Scrolls ready for the client to collect.  

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