Memories in Oak

We make beautifully detailed, solid oak keepsakes – Each one as perfectly unique as your baby

Our Products

At the Handprint Carving Company we combine traditional woodworking with the latest technologies to produce an exquisitely detailed rendering of your baby’s hand or foot.

Going beyond the typical  2D hand and footprint impressions, our handcrafted 3D carvings provide a tactile and totally personalised piece that will take pride of place on any wall, mantelpiece or desk. 

The Postcard

Our solid Oak ‘Postcard’ showcases a raised hand or footprint of a child age 0-4 years old alongside two inscriptions: their name and birthdate.

Choose between four engraving styles, carved along the bottom edge of the frame. The age/date inscription is engraved at 90 degrees.  

Our unique ‘Postcard’ has been designed to be hung or freestanding and is beautifully packaged in a luxury presentation box, making it an ideal gift. 

H: 180 W: 150 D: 30mm


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The Ladder

Your child’s hand and footprints are carved into solid oak in exquisite detail leaving wonderfully tactile raised prints. 

Two further pieces of oak are included to record a name and date or age of your choosing.

Personalise your ladder further by choosing from four engraving fonts, two types of rope and between four choices of 3-colour twine. The back of the piece has a black baize covering to protect your wall. 

Designed for the prints of children 2 aged years and under.

H: 385 W: 190 D: 30mm


Free UK Delivery

About Us

Made in Warwickshire by Pete & Holly

We are a family business working from our workshop in rural Warwickshire.

Utilising Pete’s background as a classical guitar maker and modern 3D modelling technologies, we created our first carved baby handprints for our own children –  born not long after Holly said ‘goodnight’ to ‘In the Night Garden’ in which she played Tombliboo-OO.

Soon, what started as a wish to create a lasting reminder of how small our little ones really were, evolved into the ‘Postcard’ and the ‘Ladder’.  We’re so proud they now sit on shelves, tables and mantelpieces across the country – and around the world.  

Every one of our carvings is crafted with the same level of care and detail as that first piece, and makes a perfect gift for any new parents, grandparents or friends which only grow more precious over time.

Pete in his workshop

Ordering is easy

1. Choose your piece​

Ready to order? Simply select the product you'd like through the 'Order Yours' links on this page and you'll be taken to our Etsy store.

2. Make an impression

We'll send you a package containing some super-soft clay along with simple instructions on how to take your baby's imprint. Try as many times as you like to get the perfect imprints with no fuss or mess.

3. Personalise it

Use the options form to choose the font you'd like for the engraving, plus the rope and twine options for the Ladder, and fill in the Name and Special Date details

4. Pop it in the oven

When you are happy, simply pop the clay in the oven for 15 mins to set, then send it back to us in the pre-paid envelope provided.

5. We get to work

We combine image capture technology and traditional craftsmanship to carve a perfectly rendered, exquisitely detailed raised print of your baby's hands/feet into a specially chosen piece of solid oak.

6. Display !

A presentation box containing your finished Oak carving will arrive by signed-for post within 14 days of receipt of your child's clay impressions. Give as a gift or hang up and enjoy!

What our customers say..

"Amazing, amazing, amazing! Thank you for accommodating my questions and requests for this special gift. The gift arrived bang on time and was presented in the most perfect way. Thank you dear Pete for everything. Just magnificent!"

Carole, Leicestershire

"The level of customer service is second to none and the final product is just beautiful"

Natalie, Cambridge

"Customer service was impeccable, questions answered quickly and politely. Overwhelmed with the final piece, such a beautiful keepsake. The detail in the carving is incredible and will only get more precious with age"

Jack, London

"An absolutely beautiful keepsake. I know that my children will love them and want to keep them throughout their adulthood. It’s something that really will last forever! Fantastic service and easy to do too"

Maria, Nottingham

Latest News


Welcome to our brand new website!

Here at Handprint Carving HQ we have been really busy creating keepsakes for new customers since our appearance on The Parenting Hell podcast, a few weeks ago…