Lynwood Carvers and Gilders is a traditional workshop based in Southern Scotland where a small band of craftspeople work to very high standards.

At Lynwood we are keeping alive the traditional crafts of carving and gilding, producing beautiful pieces in much the same way they would have been made two centuries ago. We employ all the classical techniques to create fresh designs as well as more traditional pieces.

With over 25 years of experience, we are a specialist member of BAFRA (British Antique Furniture Restorers Association). Over the years we have worked on jobs for the House of Lords, Stirling Castle, Glamis Castle and other historic buildings, private commissions and the antique trade.

Our services include Design, Woodcarving, Gilding, Copy-carving, and the design and production of contemporary gilt surfaces.


On certain jobs where many metres of intricate moulding, or multiple copies of a carved item are required, a lot of time can be saved by the use of a copy-carving machine. We can achieve this economically by using our 12 head Andreoni carving machine.

Andreoni machine

This machine can rough out, as exact copies, up to 12 pieces in the round or as flat panels, up to 27cm wide and 200cm long, or 6 pieces 55cm wide.

The roughed out pieces are then hand carved in the traditional manner to finish the process, The machine speeds up the process of bulk wood removal but does not in any way affect the hand carved finish.

To work in the round requires a means of holding the original piece or master securely with centres at least 5cm in diameter at one end (the driven end) and 3cm at the other end. Panels will need to be held down on to the flat bed.

rough carving    finished carving

Oak-tree panel roughed out on machine and hand-carved to finish


Please get in touch to make a commission, whether a distinctive mirror or frame for a picture, or piece of carved furniture, whether you have a vague idea or a precise design already worked out.

Usually we will arrange a meeting to discuss the idea and any special requirements. A provisional design is arrived at based on your sketches or photographs, measurements or architects drawings if appropriate.

We then confirm in writing with provisional drawings of our interpretation of the design idea, with some guidance on the budget and time scale. Once we have agreed a final design, we will send you working drawings and a quote with terms. Once you have placed a firm order a deposit is usually required, the balance being paid on delivery.

Sometimes for large commissions intermediate payments may be required. During the making process, you will be given regular updates on the progress of your piece, and are welcome to visit by arrangement to view the piece as it is being made.

To see some of our past commissions please visit the gallery.


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