About


Simon Haywood designs and creates, repairs and restores quality decorative ornament and architectural carving in a variety of woods. Using traditional methods, Simon creates unique hand-carved products that will enhance your home, garden or work environment. He will also undertake the repair and restoration of treasured items - heritage and contemporary - working sensitively and truthfully to the original design.

Simon carves bespoke items of real beauty: decorative ornaments such as Tudor roses, leaves and flowers; house signs or other items in a variety of lettering styles; beautiful yet practical items - wall brackets, capitals, corbels, friezes, oak panelling, mirror and picture frames, newel posts, interior and exterior sculptures, decorative mouldings - all enriched by skill and craftsmanship.

From his Cotswold workshop in the Slad Valley, Simon creates original designs for his customers but he is equally at home working from existing ideas they may have. A versatile and experienced carver, Simon can draw upon his knowledge of period styles too. Trained by Master Carvers Emyr Hughes and his son Dafydd, Simon’s skill in working with traditional eighteenth century methods is evident in his mouldings, frieze carvings and hand carved incised lettering. Simon has also worked on larger decorative ornament inspired by the 17th and 18th century innovators Gibbons, Chippendale and Adams and completed restoration work for the National Trust. However, he enjoys creating design concepts for modern living too fusing styles to create a unique product in a variety of woods: oak, lime, mahogany, tulip, pine, fruit woods and elm.

Working independently or in collaboration, Simon can bring distinction, style and authenticity to your home, garden or commercial space using traditional hand-carving techniques for modern or classic designs.

Customer testimonials

 

Simon, Thank you for the beautiful work you did for us at such short notice. Rushing this through for us without any compromise to workmanship was a great achievement. HRH The Prince of Wales commented on the quality of your work and I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone needing carving in the future.

Timberpride Ltd.

Friends and family of the late Maureen Rutter gathered on Selsley Common for the first viewing of a memorial bench dedicated to her memory.  The bench was expertly carved by local craftsman Simon Haywood.   Simon was not daunted by this task or the fact we needed both sides of the bench carved so that we could get Mo's name with a loving message placed on the reverse side.  Simon with quiet professionalism allowed us to explore our ideas while telling us what was actually possible in terms of carving successfully.  He was happy to meet us and show us how things were progressing and then finished it a day earlier so that we could unveil the bench on what would have been Mo's 91st birthday. To say we are delighted with the bench is an understatement and anyone would be truly delighted with such craftsmanship.  It is a fitting memorial to a wonderful lady and Simon's trade mark of a carved rose was so perfect for this lady who was a life long socialist. Thank you Simon.

Rowena Eccles (On behalf of Mo's friends and family).

Simon has just done some intricate carving on a memorial bench for us. His flexibility and keenness to get the wording and style right has given us a very special and personal tribute to our dear friend. It was a complicated project with a tight deadline and not the best quality wood. Thank you Simon from all of us.

Linda Pace (Minchinhampton).

Dear Mr. Haywood, Thank you very much for a reliable, efficient service. We are delighted with our new house name sign, and have had many favourable comments.

L. Smith Nailsworth

Our friend absolutely loved her 'The Chapel' sign, she was speechless and really taken aback by it. The look on her face was a picture. We would like to thank you so much for your time, and for completing our order when you already had such a busy schedule. Thank you so much.

Anon. Stroud

2018 was a significant year for all, marking the 100th anniversary of the ending of the First World War. In the small Cotswold village of Eastleach, we wanted to mark the event with a new wooden memorial in our Village Hall. The brief was very clear, it had to be a quality, well crafted and yet simple statement of the loss of life suffered by men of our village during that conflict and the Second World War. In the context of who would carry out this work, we wanted someone local enough to understand the dynamic of working in such a community as ours. Simon Haywood immediately came to our aid. Budget and more importantly timescale issues were resolved and the design work agreed. Simon genuinely showed a level of interest that surpassed the client and supplier brief. He really connected with us and our community. It was a delight to invite Simon to the final unveiling of our new memorial on Remembrance Day 2018. Thank you again Simon for your superb customer service and skill.

Eastleach Parish Council.

Simon, I want to thank you for doing such a beautiful job of the lettering on the music stand. Youíve turned it into a work of art. I canít tell you how delighted I am with the result. You were ingenious in the way you found a solution to how to reinforce it while you carved the letters, and the workmanship in the lettering itself is second to none. Thank you for doing it so speedily and carefully for us, and to our deadline too."

Anna Cotton Smith, Ashton Keynes