Carl Rennoldson was born in Loughborough in 1946. His early training was in traditional cabinetmaking, learning the trade at the bench under the supervision of an established craftsman. The workshop, with connections going back to the old London firm of George Betjemann & Sons, made luxury items of furniture and special commissions. Later he attended Shoreditch Teacher Training College at Egham, Surrey, obtaining a Cert.Ed., with distinction, in Craft, Design and Technology. It was during this period that he made his first harpsichord, a large double manual instrument in the style of Kirkman.
Since 1983 he has been running his own furniture making and antiques restoration business and for 20 years taught antique furniture restoration for the Kent Adult Education Service. His interest in music comes from an early introduction to the violin, which he still plays. In 1993 he decided to further pursue his interest in early keyboard instruments and enrolled at London Guildhall University graduating with a B.Sc.(Hons) First Class in Musical Instrument Technology.
Specialising in French, Flemish and Italian keyboard instruments from the early 16th century to the early 18th century designs are based on museum drawings of original instruments with some minor adjustments to compass and disposition in order to accommodate the preferences of individual customers.
Great care is taken to source and select appropriate materials with particular attention given to constructional refinements ensuring an even touch and responsive action. The detailed casework and decoration perhaps reflect his early training and long association with the art of woodworking.