Set of 8 Derek 'Lizardman' Slater Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Chairs


A set of 8 Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Chairs by Derek 'Lizardman' Slater 1980. A very attractive set of 8 matching chairs in the classic Yorkshire School style.. Featuring:

  • Studded seat on back pads
  • Octagonal shaped front legs and square back legs joined by low level side stretchers united by cross stretchers
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Height 860mm (2 feet 9 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 450mm (1 foot 5 1/2 inches)
  • Overall Depth 440mm (1 foot 5 1/4 inches)
  • Seat Height 460mm (1 foot 6 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.


Derek Lizardman Slater's carved lizard motif on the leg of each chair

Very good solid condition, excellent rich colour and grain and original finish. Some scuffs and marks to the surface of the leather and webbing has lost some of its original tension.. 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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