Derek 'Lizardman' Slater Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Bookcase


An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Bookcase by Derek 'Lizardman' Slater Post 1980. A large golden oak bookcase or dresser providing excellent storage.. Featuring:

  • Solid English Oak
  • Very well figured quarter-sawn English Oak (quarter-sawing is a way of sawing oak to produce boards with superior strength which also reveals decorative 'medullary rays' in its grain.)
  • Three lower doors with two plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons secured with pegs revealing open cupboards
  • Two leaded glazed doors to the top with surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons revealing two adjustable shelves behind each
  • Central upper door with two plank raised fielded panel surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons revealing an open space with an enclosed aperture at the bottom extending into the central lower cupboard
  • Panelled sides with single plank raised fielded panels surrounded by rails and stiles joined by blind tenons
  • Plain plinth
  • Can be separated into two for transport

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 1820mm (5 feet 11 1/2 inches)
  • Overall Length 1840mm (6 feet and 1/4 of an inch)
  • Overall Depth 415mm (1 foot 4 1/4 inches)
  • Base Height 920mm (3 feet)
  • Top Depth 290mm ( 11 1/4 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.

Post 1980

Derek Lizardman Slater's carved lizard motif

Very good original condition, , tight joints, cleanly closing doors and original finish. Lock on the central upper door not working, lock on the lower feet hand door a bit temperamental and the odd mark and scuff.. 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.

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 under the trade name 'Woodcarvers of Crayke'

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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