Our History

Mark is the founder and director of Mark Bridges Carvers and Gilders Limited and has worked within this field for more than 30 years. Originally serving a three year Approved City and Guilds Indentured Apprenticeship in Carpentry and Joinery and subsequently specialising in high class joinery and cabinet making.

Mark’s artistic nature and a passion for working with wood, coupled with his desire for knowledge of classical architecture and sculpture, led him to the doors of the renowned City and Guilds of London Art School where he enrolled on a full time three year course studying Historic Ornamental Wood Carving and Gilding. Mark obtained a first and is a graduate of the City and Guilds Institute.

After leaving art school, Mark continued to hone his skills by working alongside a variety of established woodcarving companies in the City of London and continued his studies of life drawing at college. In 2000 he set up his own Woodcarving and Gilding company and his studio is situated in Mid Suffolk.