Arts and Crafts Makers

Acorn Industries was started by George Grainger, a former Robert "Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, in the mid-30s. He trained his son Alan (and Derek 'Lizardman' Slater) who then took over and developed the business. Renowned for high quality pieces, all are hand made from solid English oak finished with the distinctive adzed ripple and bearing the acorn mark

Albert 'Eagleman' Jeffray started his career at Robert "Mouseman' Thompson's in 1954 (a year or so prior to Thompsons' death) and continued working there until 1966 when he decided to work on his own and began his career as the 'Eagleman', signing each piece with an incised eagle motif

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman who continued in his own workshop, making high quality items of English Oak, carved with his signature owl motif

A Manx art nouveau designer, famous as the designer of Liberty's prestigious Cymric and Tudric ranges of silverware and pewterware

Arthur W. Simpson and his Kendal based furniture making company 'The Handicrafts' was a renowned arts and crafts maker associated with very high quality hand crafted furniture, who worked with by members of the Artworker's Guild, such as Voysey and Baillie-Scott. Today, items of Simpson furniture are hard to find and avidly collected. Materials, workmanship and design are always of the highest quality
'The Simpsons of Kendal: Craftsmen in Wood' by Eleanor Davidson, University of Lancaster Visual Arts Centre, 1978

A highly respected Art Deco and Arts and Crafts furniture maker based in Bath. Its work was regularly illustrated in The Studio, it received numerous international prizes and sold through Maples and Harrods. High profile contracts included furniture and fittings for Cunard's luxury liners, the Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth. Workmanship was always of a high standard

A 1920s Art and Crafts furniture Maker founded by Betty Joel [Elizabeth Mary Stewart Lockart]. Joel inherited the ethos of the English Arts and Crafts Movement, but added the manufacturing standards and techniques from boatbuilding. By 1937 she was the most revered name in bespoke furniture in England with a high class showroom in Knightsbridge. Clients included well known show business and professional names and Royalty

A Former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman known for hand crafted items with the trademark Yorkshire School adzed finish bearing his trademark hand carved wren

An Arts and Crafts furniture making company founded by Quakers in Wales as part of the "The Brynmawr Experiment", designed to revive Brynmawr's economic depression and accompanying mass unemployment. Most items were made to private commissions. Known for high quality workmanship and materials and clean modern designs

A Yorkshire school cabinet maker trained by Tom Gnomeman Whittaker

Christopher Vickers is a specialist craftsman-designer of, Arts & Crafts furniture, lighting & metalwork taking inspiration from architect-designers such as 
CFA Voysey, Ernest Gimson and WAS Benson. He works by hand in the best, Arts & Crafts traditions, with rigorous research and great attention to detail. His furniture is made from homegrown timbers such as English oak, walnut and bog oak and often features hand-cut dovetail joints, fine inlays and chip carving

A Robert "Mouseman" Thompson craftsman in the 1940s, who went on to found his own workshop in the nearby village of Sutton-under-Whitestonecliffe in 1960. Known for high quality furniture in oak in the Yorkshire school tradition

A yorkshire based cabinet maker renowned for high quality custom-built furniture and hardwood

A former Mouseman craftsman who established his own Oak Leaf Furniture business in Easingwold in 1986, making items to a high standard in the Yorkshire School tradition

A Norfolk Based Maker of Bespoke Furniture Who is on the Selected Makers Index of the Crafts Council, And Has Been Awarded Craft Guild Marks for Excellence in Design and Craftsmanship by the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

A furniture designer based in Whakatu, New Zealand. He has exhibited his work throughout the world and can be found in private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Pompidou Centre in Paris

A former apprentice from Acorn Industries (Alan 'Acornman' Grainger) know for his quality work in oak in the Yorkshire School style and trademark carved Lizard. He worked with with ex-Mouseman apprentice Martin Dutton

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman (and the original "Foxman") who set up his own workshop at Aldborough, near Boroughbridge, continuing to make high quality oak furniture in the Yorkshire School tradition until 1976. His work is signed with his carved seated fox motif

A skilled furniture maker working in the Yorkshire School tradition, who trained with for Colin 'Beaverman' Almack (alongside Bob Hunter)

A designer and maker of furniture, teacher and important figure in the 20th Century British craft movement. He was one of the most important British furniture makers of the twentieth century and developed on the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney in the late nineteenth century. His workshop still produces fine furniture as "The Barnsley Workshop"
Edward Barnsley: Sixty Years of Furniture Design and Cabinet Making by The Edward Barnsley Educational Trust, 1982

An English Arts and Crafts furniture designer and architect who was described by the art critic Nikolaus Pevsner as "the greatest of the English architect-designers"

A Lake District craftswoman who produced very high quality handmade arts and crafts repoussé metalwork objects, in the manner of the Keswsick School of Industrial Art, where she reportedly took classes

A craftsman and furniture maker working in the Yorkshire School tradition

A cabinet maker who was apprenticed to Ernest Gimson (one of the leading furniture designers of the 20th century) and also worked for Peter Waals (one of the leading cabinetmakers of the 20th century) who then set up his own workshop at Oakridge. Known for his top class hand-made furniture in English walnut and English oak, his work is always beautifully designed, made of superb materials and exceptionally made

A senior living Master Craftsman who has tutored in furniture design and cabinet making at Manchester Collage of Art and Technology, Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Central Lancashire and instrumental in devising such initiatives as the ' One Tree Project.'

An ex-Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Master Craftsman (1993-2006) who then set of his own workshop at Northallerton making bespoke hand crafted solid oak furniture, each piece carved with an Arum Lily

A butcher in Kendal marketplace who was a self taught artist who exhibited a the Royal Academy, the Paris Salon and the Royal Scottish Academy

Gillows of Lancaster and London, also known as Gillow & Co was was a prestigious furniture making firm considered a byword for quality. It made furniture for some the richest families in the country. Gillows merged with Warings of Liverpool in 1897 to become Waring and Gillow

A high class London department store based on Regent Street, seen as a rival to and comparable to Liberty. They were well known for their ranges of Arts & Crafts furniture by designers such as George Walton and Leonard Wyburd

One of the most important names in British design and a leading maker of arts and crafts furniture. His early furniture was hand-made in small numbers to a very high standard, adopting the Cotswold School philosophy pioneered by Ernest Gimson and the Barnsleys of usefulness and truth to materials. Always passionate about high standards of craftsmanship, many of his 1930s designs evolved to bridge the gap from the early arts and crafts movement to modern, minimalist forms while retaining the quality of materials and construction expected of the best Arts & Crafts furniture
Drawn to Design by Ray Leigh and Trevor Chinn, Gordon Russell Design Museum, 2013

Harry Norris was a member of the Red Rose Guild of Art Workers founded in 1920 and later became its secretary. He was a key figure in the pre-war Arts and Crafts movement

One of the first Arts and Crafts makes to bring efficient business processes to the design and production of quality furniture. Sir Ambrose Heal had the vision to work with the most skilled craftspeople of the day, creating furniture that was comfortable, beautiful – reflecting the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement but at a more affordable price. Today Heals furniture from the period 1900 to 1940 is highly prized
Sir Ambrose Heal and the Heal Cabinet Factory 1897-1939, By Oliver S Heal, Oblong Creative, 2014

One of of Britain's top post-war furniture designers originally founded in 1933, but featuring styling modern designs and finishes

A furniture maker and master craftsman who was heavily influenced by the work of Ernest Gimson, Romney Green and Edward Barnsley. He established his own workshop in 1949 in Solihull and then in 1966 moved to Moreton-in-Marsh in. He made very high quality furniture in the tradition of the Arts & Crafts Cotswold School and was a member of the Red Rose Guild of Craftsmen, The Arts and Crafts Exhibition Society and The Crafts Centre of Great Britain

Author of "The Beautiful Furniture of the Simpsons of Kendal" and "Stanley Webb Davies 1894-1978: Arts and Crafts Furniture Maker"

Furnishers and cabinetmakers established in 1846 in Aberdeen by James and Alexander Ogilvie and later acquired by acquired by Wylie & Lochhead Ltd, the renowned Scottish arts and crafts cabinet makers

An arts and crafts cabinet maker started working with as a fee paying student, then become an apprentice and then a fully qualified craftsman. He worked at the Stanley Webb Davies' Gatesbield workshop until 1954, leaving to set up his own workshop in Ravenstondale. He uses a twin acorn motif

An English cabinet maker who studied under Edward Barnsley at Loughborough College in the 1940's

One of Britain's most renowned modern furniture makers, working in the Arts and Crafts style. His designs have sold in Heals, Liberty's and Harrods. A founding member of the Crafts Council in the UK and a Trustee of the V&A, London. His work work was included in two Victoria & Albert Museum exhibitions

A hugely popular and very collectable contemporary artist, particularly noted for his distinctive "curvispective" style of painting, often of interiors, sporting scenes, coastal and harbour views and quiet rural scenes

A Prestigious Company in the Design and Marketing of Arts and Crafts Furniture. Renowned for its imaginative design, high quality craftsmanship and famous London based retail location, it has produced some of the most desirable furniture of modern times

A former apprentice at Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson's workshop who has made high quality Yorkshire School furniture in English oak ever since

A cabinet maker who worked for 20 years for Robert Mouseman Thompson at Kilburn, before starting his own business making traditional top quality hand-made furniture. All his oak furniture is adzed, pegged and jointed, with a hand carved fox's mask motif

A pupil of Edward Barnsley, who came to the Barnsley Workshops in 1959 as a five year apprentice, he left in 1973. His standards or material and workmanship are as exceptional as you would expect form a Barnsley Workshops craftsman

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, renowned as a highly skilled cabinetmaker. He was part of a small group of deaf workers at Thompson's during the second world war. He set up on his own in the late 1940s. He is know for his quality work in oak in the Yorkshire School style and trademark carved Lizard. Dutton's lizards and more curved than Derek Slater's

Michael "Seahorseman" Riley of Hessay, York was trained at Acorn Industries with Derek Slater in the 1960s. He produced hand-made high class furniture in the Yorkshire School tradition, all of which carries his trademark carved seahorse motif

Neville Neal joined Edward Gardiner as a pupil in 1939, making chairs to Ernest Gimson designs, following the tradition of Philip Clissett. After Gardiner's death in 1958, he established workshop in Stockton, continuing the use tools, techniques and patterns original used by Gimson. Materials are English woodland timber and rushes (most commonly ash) which creates light, strong and lasting chairs, with an honest unassuming natural beauty

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman who set up his own workshop signing his work with a hedgehog motif

A well established family business, founded by Horace Knight,producing top quality handmade furniture much of which is in the Yorkshire School style. Every piece is made by an individual craftsman, from choosing the wood right through to final finishing. It was founded and run by the Knight family

A maker of fine furniture in the Cotswold School Arts and Crafts tradition who trained and worked with Edward Barnsley at his famous workshop at Froxfield (from 1934 to 1941), before founding his own workshop in 1946 making exceptional quality furniture

A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Craftsman, who went on to start his own workshop at Wetwang, producing classic Yorkshire Oak items to the same standard as Thompson's, each with his signature carved rabbit. One of the most renowned former Mouseman apprentices

Peter Hall & Son of Staveley is a leading contemporary hand made arts and crafts furniture maker, founded in 1972, following in the tradition of Arthur W. Simpson of Kendal and Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere. Known for its distinctive designs in locally grown air dried oak, materials, workmanship and design are always of exceptional quality. Pieces rarely come up for resale

A Dutch born cabinet maker associated with the Arts and Crafts movement, who was foreman and chief cabinet maker at Ernest Gimson's Daneway House workshop at Sapperton. After Gimson's death in 1919 he continued to run the Daneway Workshops. Considered by many to be the finest cabinet maker of the 20th century

The son of Divid Langstaff (former Mouseman craftsman who established his own Oak Leaf Furniture business in Easingwold) who extablished his own workshop knownas Carthouse Furniture in Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk making items to a high standard in the Yorkshire School tradition

Arthur Basil Reynolds worked as a craftsman for Stanley Webb Davis in Windemere and then manager and head designed at Brynmawr. He than set up his own furniture business in the late 1940s, drawing on the traditions of the Cotswold School of the Arts & Crafts movement. He produced well-crafted furniture on a small scale until his death in 1960. His work was exhibited at the Festival of Britain and was retailed by Heal's and Dunns. His son, Garth, continued the company in the same vein until the late 1970s

An early Yorkshire School cabinet maker who traded from Burton Leonard near Harrogate until the late 1950s, before retiring and selling most of the business to Alan Grainger to found Acorn Industries. Unlike many later "Critters", Ingham was not a former Mouseman craftsman, but used the same techniques, quality of material and design ideas. Items are marked with a trademark kingpost beam carving

One of the most famous British furniture makers, who was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement renowned for his pieces featuring a carved mouse and adzed surfaces. His pieces are always simple, solid, instantly recognisable and beautifully made out of fine materials. They are highly sought after

Robert Ingham was born in India and trained at Loughborough College, Leeds College of Art and Leeds University. He set up the Knight Workshop in Thirsk with his brother George. In the late 1970's he offered his designs to Alan Grainger of Acorn Industries, Brandsby, who went on to produce Yorkshire oak furniture designed by Robert Ingham until the mid 1980's signed with the carved acorn. Robert Ingham is a member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers

Robin Nance trained from 1924 under the Arts & Crafts master cabinet maker Arthur Romney Green and later set up his own Cotswold School inspired furniture workshop in St Ives in Cornwall during 1933. His furniture received widespread acclaim and recognition gaining various awards including commendation at the Festival of Britain in 1951. , , Robin served in the army in World War II and on his return to Cornwall after the war, re-opened the workshop in St Ives in 1946 with his brother Dicon.  , , Both brothers were important figures in the world renowned St Ives Art Movement and in 1949 were two of the 19 founder members of the Penwith Society of Arts which included Bernard Leach and Barbara Hepworth. Dicon was a highly skilled woodworker and specialist chairmaker. He worked closely with Barbara Hepworth, being responsible for interpreting her sketches into finished sculptures. He was also the designer of the Leach Pottery wheel which became the standard English potter's wheel

Romney Green was an English Arts & Crafts furniture designer; a contemporary of the Cotswold School. He set up his workshop at Christchurch, Hampshire, where he was joined by three other influential young designers – Eric Sharpe, Stanley W Davies and Robin Nance. Under his tutorship they went on to have successful careers of their own. Nance settled in St Ives, Cornwall, while Eric Sharpe opened a workshop in nearby Martyr Worthy. Stanley Davies was responsible for taking the Cotswolds movement to Cumbria

A high quality Arts and Crafts furniture maker who employed skilled craftsmen but also used the most up-to-date machinery available for their designs. They are known for elaborate designs with copper fittings

One of Robert 'Mouseman)" Thompson's early apprentices. One of the few apprentices not to chose a trademark animal for his own work, (although some early items reportedly initially a rabbit motif) his work is almost always unmarked, preferring to let his craftsmanship speak for itself

Stan 'Woodpecker' Dodds was the main carver at Robert "Mouseman' Thompson for many years, before starting his own workshop originally using a a Rabbit, until Peter Heap started, then a Woodpecker

An outstanding furniture workshop and one of the premier makers of top class Arts and Crafts furniture. He designed pieces in the Cotswold School style, which were all individually hand made, with decorative trademarks features including exposed pegged joints, alternating thumb nail chisels and rounded tops. Materials, workmanship and design are always of the exceptional quality. Stanley Webb Davies items very rarely come onto the market
Stanley Webb Davies 1894 - 1978, Arts and Crafts Furniture Maker by Hugh Wright, Bookcase 2006

An outstanding furniture workshop producing fine Arts and Crafts style bespoke items. It was originally founded by Edward Barnsley, one of the most important British furniture makers of the twentieth century and developed on the Arts and Crafts traditions established in the Cotswolds by his father Sidney in the late nineteenth century

Thomas Whittaker lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire, signing his work with a gnome motif. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's

One of Arthur Simpson's craftsmen who later made high quality Arts & Crafts items in the Simpson style in his own workshop

One of the Thirsk based furniture making factories, Treske was founded in 1973 and is renowned for its furniture's solidity and strong, simple forms which allow the beauty of the woods to shine through

W. A. S. Benson made high class metalware for table use and for oil, gas and electric lighting fittings. He was closely associated with William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement. Benson products were retailed through Morris & Co. for interior designers and he also had his own shop in Bond Street, London for some time

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman, who set up his own workshop at Husthwaite in 1957 making handmade on the premises including dining furniture, coffee tables and small articles, all made from seasoned English oak and carrying the signature carved squirrel symbol

William Birch Of High Wycombe was an Arts and Crafts furniture designer who specialised in chair making. He pioneered the development of Arts and Crafts furniture locally, and employed well-known designers such as E.G. Punnett, George Walton and Whitehead, adhering to core Arts and Crafts concepts, such as quarter-sawn hardwoods, exposed joints and vernacular craftsmanship, at affordable prices. He was a major supplier of furniture for Liberty and Co. and Goodyer's of Regent Street


Wylie & Lochhead was a Scottish cabinetmaking firm who became famous for their high level of craftsmanship in their furniture, which followed the Glasgow School style of design. Their three main designers were E.A Taylor, John Ednie and George Logan and their Arts & Crafts Furniture designs were considered of such high quality they were displayed at the Turin International Exhibition alongside those of Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow Four