Beckford's Art Works offer a wide range of services including wood and stone carving, oil gilding, letter cutting, and architectural joinery
Laurence Beckford's professional career in wood and stone carving began in 1978 as an apprentice for the well known company of Ecclesiastical woodworkers Herbert Read Ltd. Primarily as an Ecclesiastical carver Laurence has perfected techniques that enable him to incorporate supportive skills allowing for a greater skill base from which he can carry out his profession. Laurence is privileged to have been involved with many prestigious projects, examples are: The ’signature’ carver for the renewal of the State Dining Room and Octagon Dining Room ceiling bosses at Windsor Castle, the restoration of the Grinling Gibbons carvings at Hampton Court Palace and the conservation of two exterior Grinling Gibbons carvings at Holme Lacy, Herefordshire.
Please see my CV here for a full list of the projects I have worked on.
Laurence is a fully accredited member of the Master Carvers Association
Laurence and his work have featured twice on BBC Television's Inside Out series.
The clip below is on the subject of Harry Hems, broadcast on 9th February 2015
11 February 2019 - The story behind the Restoration of the model of Westminster Abbey
Mr Laurence J. W. Bekford
7 Jury Road, Dulverton
Telephone: 0772 4452 961