Foxman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Dining Table

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An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dining Table by Don 'Foxman' Craven (Ex-Mouseman) 1970. A very pleasingly elegant design in the classic Yorkshire School style. This item is over 40 years old, but is still in remarkably good sound condition and should still be going strong and looking good after another 40 years ... . Featuring:

  • Solid English Oak throughout.
  • 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.)
  • Rectangular top made out of just three continuous pieces of very well figured quarter-sawn solid timber
  • On shaped trestle supports with sledge feet joined by a stretcher with keyed tenons.
  • Traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs

Approximate dimensions are:

  • Overall Length 1610mm (5 feet 3 1/4 inches)
  • Overall Width 860mm (2 feet 9 3/4 inches)
  • Overall Height 740mm (2 feet 5 inches) [A standard height for a dining table]
  • Top thickness 40mm ( 1 1/2 inch)
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.

1970

Don Craven's finely carved bushy tailed sitting fox motif

Lovely condition with excellent rich colour and grain, tight joints, original 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.

A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman (and the original "Foxman", prior to Malcolm Pipes using a fox's face) 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

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

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Dining Table by Don 'Foxman' Craven (Ex-Mouseman) 1970. A very pleasingly elegant design in the classic Yorkshire School style. This item is over 40 years old, but is still in remarkably good sound condition and should still be going strong and looking good after another 40 years ... . Lovely condition with excellent rich colour and grain, tight joints, original finish


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