Carl Rennoldson was born in Loughborough in 1946. His early training in the craft of woodwork began under the watchful eye of one of the last craftsmen to work for the old 19th Century firm of George Betjeman & Son. Working at the bench he was shown the art of traditional cabinetmaking. 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. From 1983 he ran his own furniture making and antiques restoration business and for 20 years also 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.