THE FINEST QUALITY
Quality work by passionate carvers that will last for generations.
Specialising in bespoke carving, William Barsley undertakes a wide variety of projects, from heraldry, gilding and one-off sculptures to the restoration of antiques or listed properties. Carving courses are also now available for groups or individuals to learn the craft for themselves.
We pride ourselves in the quality of our work and use the finest materials and skills to capture the essence of this traditional craft in your bespoke piece. With a strong emphasis on customer service, we help take your ideas from concept to reality. Situated in the beautiful countryside of South Devon in the UK, we work on projects and with clients across the world.
BEGINNER WOODCARVING COURSES
Learn the fundamentals of woodcarving on a beginner's woodcarving course taught by William in Dartington - a fun and relaxed way to learn with no prior experience needed. Courses range in length from 2 hours to 2 days and you can choose from a range of products to make and take home with you. Gift vouchers are now available so you can gift the joy of woodcarving to a loved one.
HAND-CARVED WESTMINSTER HALL ANGELS
Carved by hand from the finest English Oak, these exquisite sculptures are unique scale replicas of one of the 26 angels that decorate the medieval hammerbeam roof of Westminster Hall – the oldest part of the Palace of Westminster.
Following his passion, William Barsley let go of his office job in 2013 after finding himself yearning for something more creative. Five years later, after retraining as a historic woodcarver and gilder at the renowned City and Guild of London Art School, William was honoured to be asked to work on the restoration of medieval carvings at the Houses of Parliament. He has since undertaken a wide range of projects with a focus on bespoke carving commissions. He is also passionate about teaching others in order to help preserve this traditional craft. It's safe to say that he's never looked back!
Will was extremely welcoming upon arrival and held a very thorough yet fun course. Techniques and equipment explained well and great attention to detail regarding covid regulations. We enjoyed every minute and time flew by! And what an amazing location!
Having no previous woodcarving experience, i didn't know what to expect and was a little nervous about the course. I shouldn't have been though. Will is an excellent teacher and very patient. We started by learning the basics such as the tools and how to sharpen the chisels (I'd never even sharpened a knife before!) before trying out some woodcarving techniques. Before long, I'd gained enough confidence to start on my own piece and am delighted with the final result. Considering I had zero experience, it's not that bad at all ? Thank you Will for a great, fun experience.
I completed a woodcarving course with Will and was blown away by his carving skills, his knowledge about the craft and his ability to teach a complete novice how to use the tools. He was incredibly patient throughout the day, and guided me to produce a letter carving I was thrilled with. I thoroughly recommend Will to anyone out there with little, or no knowledge of woodcarving, that wants to give it a go. Thank you Will. I shall definitely be back for another day carving with you soon.
One of the most amazing courses I’ve taken, from the friendly and focused attention of the facilitator to the free yet safe feeling in the opportunity to create, I’ll definitely be looking to take up wood carving after this. Can’t recommend this enough!
William recently completed some beautiful carving for us, the quality of the work was exceptional and his communication throughout the project was fab!
‘We commissioned William Barsley to carve three oak newel post finial caps for our very ancient staircase. They listened very carefully to our requirements and produced drawings for our approval. Each drawing was faithfully translated into a beautiful carving together with the initials and dates of the wedding. William Barsley’s team is highly recommended for careful interpretation of the client’s requirement which is followed up with beautiful craftsmanship.’
‘William responded within hours and within a couple of days had sketched up the exact idea I had. From sketch to wax model to oak to my house, all in just over a week. I used it to give some creative flare on a custom made lead extractor vent. My customer was over the moon. I'm looking forward to working with William again in the near future.’
‘William designed and created a stunning bespoke carving as a present for our 10th anniversary celebration. This personalized wooden gift was exactly what we were looking for. It was unique, playful and expertly carved, showcasing William’s quality craftsmanship. We will certainly be using his services again in the future’
‘I commissioned Will to design and carve a sign to commemorate the publication of my novel, Bluemantle. Working from a limited brief, Will created a striking and imaginative design which captures perfectly the spirit of the novel. The finished piece is a wonderful work of amazing craftsmanship and huge talent. We are absolutely thrilled with it.’
We entrusted Will with our 400 year old family Coat of Arms which had seen better days. Will’s expert and detailed craftsmanship and attention to detail to recreate the missing parts were incredible.
William has so far carved two heraldic crests for me and both are exquisite, they pay careful attention to the desires of the client before the carving begins.
William produced a stunning piece of work, which all who see comment on.
Exquisite carving and painted to perfection.