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


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A Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Furniture by Don 'Foxman' Craven (ex-Mouseman) made in c.1970. A classic Yorkshire School table by one of the scarcer and earlier makers, which can this table can easily accommodate 6 to 8 people. This Table was made around 50 years ago giving it a warmth and charm not found in new items It is however still as sound and stylish as it was when made and treated with care it will last many more lifetimes, featuring:
  • Made in Well figured solid English Oak throughout
  • Rectangular top made out of just four continuous pieces of well figured quarter-sawn solid oak
  • Subtly adzed on the top (the subtle surface rippling synonymous with Yorkshire School furniture)
  • Shaped ends with sledge feet united by a single plank stretcher with arched underside, secured by keyed tenons
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 180 cm (5 feet 10 and three quarters inches)
  • overall width 80 cm (2 feet 7 and a half inches)
  • overall height 74 cm (2 feet 5 and a quarter inches)
  • top thickness 4 cm (1 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




Don Craven's finely carved bushy tailed fox motif on one foot


Very good condition with excellent rich colour and grain, tight joints and free from woodworm. Some colour variation and minor marks and dints visible upon close inspection, entirely as expected with an item that has been in use for almost 50 years. 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 Don 'Foxman' Craven

Don 'Foxman' Craven (Ex-Mouseman): 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

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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