Acornman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Adzed Oak Double Headboard


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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School adzed English Oak double headboard by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1995. A classic Yorkshire School headboard from this prominent maker. An very pleasing design that will transform a practical but uninspiring double divan bed into a beautiful and striking bedstead, featuring:
  • Solid English Oak throughout
  • 12 adzed single plank fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons
  • Two legs spaced to fit a standard double divan base
  • Subtly adzed on all visible surfaces (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall width 137 cm (4 feet 6 inches)
  • overall height 97 cm (3 feet 2 and a quarter inches)
  • headboard height 57 cm (1 foot 10 and a half inches)
If you need a very exact dimension, or one we haven't included, feel free to contact us and we will measure it for you


c. 1995


Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif in the top middle


Very good condition with tight joints and good finish. Inconspicuous split to one leg, not affecting its appearance or strength. If you wish to have further specific photographs or talk to us for a more detailed condition report then please do not hesitate to contact us

About Alan 'Acornman' Grainger

Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman): 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 hand made, usually from English oak and bearing the acorn mark

About English Oak

English Oak: The most British of woods, that can produce really special results. English oak has been used for hundreds of years to construct everything from sea-going vessels to fine furniture. Although oak grows widely across Europe and North America, craftsmen continue to cherish English oak which grows more slowly than its foreign counterparts giving it strength, durability. Quarter sawn boards are very straight grained and have distinctive growth rings and medullary rays that give a very beautiful effect as well as being renowned for their superior stability and strength

About Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Furniture

The Yorkshire School of the Arts & Crafts movement started with Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson's  transformation from jobbing carpenter to master craftsmen. By the mid-1920s he had adopted his trademark mouse (now world renowned as a symbol of quality furniture) and had his own workshop busily employing several men. As the workshop grew and over the years many of the craftsmen have taken their skills and branched out and adopted a trademark of their own, a fox, a lizard, a fish, a rabbit to name but a few, and whilst some have closely stuck to the Mouseman designs others have taken the style and adapted it. Other craftsmen, unconnected to the Mouseman workshop, have also chosen the classic Yorkshire Oak style as their own. Typical Yorkshire school items are in English Oak, with traditional pegged joints and adzed surfaces


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