Circa 1970. Handmade oak refectory table and set of 6 chairs by Acorn man. The thick two-plank top with nice figuring and knots supported on shaped trestles with external pegs, over neat plinth bases. The chairs with twin shaped back rails on chamfered uprights, tan hide seat coverings with brass studs over octagonal legs with H stretchers and classical acorn carved signature.
Table - 176cm L, 90cm W, 75cm T, Chairs – 43cm W, 40cm D, 84cm T
The Yorkshire Critter Carvers comprise of over 40 craftsmen, working from the 1940s to the present day, who made oak furniture inspired by Robert “Mouseman” Thompson of Kilburn Yorkshire. Many of these Critter Carvers actually trained in Thompson’s Kilburn workshop before setting up their own craft shops. Using the same oak material, traditional hand tools and traditional; techniques (especially adzed surfaces) as Mouseman Thompson, each craftsman created a signature carved ‘critter’ such as an animal (woodpecker, squirrel or beaver, i.e., Woodpeckerman, Squirrelman or Beaverman), acorn or human icon (e.g., Knight or Viking) to decorate and act as a signature and identify their oak pieces. The historical significance of Mouseman Thompson’s designs and style, the fine craftmanship, functional nature and beauty of Yorkshire Critter Carver’s oak furniture is enduring, and is reflected in the continued demand and robust prices for these items.
Period: Circa 1970