Rabbitman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School Oak Chairs c. 1975



A set of eight Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak chairs by Peter 'Rabbitman' hHeap (ex-Mouseman) made in about 1975. This item features:
  • Made in solid English Oak
  • 2 carvers
  • 6 dining chairs
  • Octagonal front legs, rectangular rear legs, joined by stretchers
  • Leather seats with copper nails
  • Hand carver lattice backs
  • Constructed using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons secured with hand made pegs


A very attractive set of 8 lattice back chairs, from the early period Peter Heap's workshop, with a very deep rich colout


Approximate dimensions:
  • overall height carvers 91 cm (2 feet 11 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth carvers 55 cm (1 foot 9 and three quarters inches)
  • overall width carvers 53 cm (1 foot 8 and three quarters inches)
  • overall height 85 cm (2 feet 9 and a half inches)
  • overall depth 44 cm (1 foot 5 and a quarter inches)
  • overall width 46 cm (1 foot 6 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


c. 1975


Peter Heap's signature carved rabbit motif on the leg of each chair

About Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap

Peter 'Rabbitman' Heap (Ex-Mouseman): A Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson Craftsman, who went on to start his own workshop (in June 1975) at Wetwang, producing classic Yorkshire Oak items to the same standard as Thompson's, each with his signature carved rabbit. One of the most renowned former Mouseman apprentices

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


Very good sound condition. Minor marks and nicks on the seat pads and a dint in one pad. 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

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