Thomas Ball

Tom is an award winning carver working from his workshop in the National Trust Village of Coleshill Oxfordshire.

 Originally training as a technical illustrator Tom became an accomplished  draughtsman before following his passion for carving, and in 2005 was awarded The Drapers Company Grinling Gibbons Wood Carving Scholarship to attend the City and Guilds of London Art School.

 During this time studying Tom received awards for both Drawing and Carving and graduated in 2008 with a 1st class Diploma in Historic Carving.

 After College Tom went on to work freelance for some of London's most prestigious conservation companies. Gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge, this background has provided an extensive understanding and ability to work within many period styles. Notably it provided the opportunity to build a high level of competence for working with valuable and often fragile historic objects.

Alongside this, Tom continued to work on carving commissions before working extensively with Swan Farm Studios both as a carver and joiner but also latterly as a project manager on many award winning projects.

Toms carving and conservation work can be found in renowned locations around the country including many of Oxfords most celebrated Colleges, Chapels and Churches. 

Projects of note include;

2009 Victoria & Albert Museum. Installation of wood and stone objects for the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries.

2011 Ashmolean Museum Oxford. Installation of the Ancient Egyptian Galleries.

2012 The Queens Diamond Jubilee. Carving and Gilding of the main Canopy.

2014 Sydenham House Restoration. Carver, joiner and French polisher.

2015 Trinity College Chapel Oxford. Grinling Gibbons Restoration. Carver and site foreman. 

2017 Jesus College Dining Hall Restoration. Carver, joiner and French Polisher.

2018 Lincoln College Chapel Oxford. Removal repair and re-Gilding. Project Manager. 

2019 Lincoln College Chapel Oxford. Woodcarving repairs and refinishing of the choir stalls and screen.

-Carving two replacement Busts of Roman Emperors for the National Trust.

-Working along side the National Trust to develop courses for an upcoming skills centre. 

2020 Lincoln College Oxford Dining Hall, restoration.

-Woodcarving tutor at City and Guilds of London Art School. 


My Latest Projects

' A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor "

Green man carved in oak.

info coming soon.....

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