Acornman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Dining Table c. 1980

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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dining Table by Alan 'Acornman' Grainger (Ex-Mouseman) 1980. A classic Yorkshire School table in solid English Oak with the desirable added finish. Featuring:

  • Rectangular top made out of just four continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber with rounded corners and chamfered edges
  • Shaped trestle supports with sledge feet joined with a single stretcher secured by keyed tenons
  • Can be dismantled for transportation if required.
  • Natural oil based finish (very water resistant wont discolour and easily maintained.
  • Subtly adzed on visible surfaces (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Length 1680mm (5 feet 6 inches)
  • Overall Width 820mm (2 feet 8 1/4 inches)
  • Overall Height 730mm (2 feet 4 1/2 inches) [A standard height for a dining table]
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. 1980

Alan Grainger's inset finely carved signature acorn motif on the stretcher

Very good condition with tight joints and good clean finish.. 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.

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

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

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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