Tom Ball – woodcarver

27th December 2023  |  ALUMNI | AWARD WINNERS

Tom Ball – woodcarver

Winner of the 2023 Heritage Crafts / Axminster Tools Woodworker of the Year Award

Tom BallWoodcarver Tom Ball has won the second annual Woodworker of the Year Award sponsored by Axminster Tools, including a £2,000 prize and trophy awarded at a special presentation at St George’s College, Windsor Castle on Wednesday 15 November 2023.

Now in its second year, this award sponsored by Axminster Tools celebrates a heritage craftsperson who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of woodworking over the past year. It recognises a contribution that is far beyond the ordinary, based on a proven dedication to a particular woodworking skill.

Tom Ball is the de Laszlo Lead Woodcarving Tutor at City & Guilds of London Arts School, and in 2021 was awarded the Master Carver Certificate by the Worshipful Company of Joiners and Ceilers. Recent projects include restoration of Grinling Gibbons’ carving at Trinity College Chapel, Oxford, and carving the canopy columns for Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Global suppliers of woodworking tools and machinery, Axminster Tools has spent 50 years building their family business into the renowned organisation it is today. Working together with makers and creators at all levels, from trade professionals through to craft enthusiasts, their commitment to supporting woodworking skills fits perfectly with the ethos of Heritage Crafts.

Photo: David Clarke (Heritage Crafts Co-Chair), Tom Ball (Heritage Crafts / Axminster Tools Woodworker of the Year winner 2023), Alan Styles (Axminster Tools Managing Director), Emma Styles and Jay Blades MBE (Heritage Crafts Co-Chair). Photo by Stefan Jakubowski.