Squirrelman (Ex-Mouseman) Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School English Oak Sideboard

SKU0020409

Features

An Arts & Crafts Yorkshire School sideboard by Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson (ex-Mouseman) made in c.1960. This item features:
  • Made in Solid English Oak
  • Three central drawers (made with solid drawer carcasses joined with lap and through dovetails and solid bases)
  • Fielded panel doors
  • Fully panelled side and back
  • External surfaces are adzed
  • Hand wrought iron fittings
  • Constructed throughout using true cabinet making techniques such as traditional blind tenons

Comment

A very well proportioned sideboard made from well figured quarter-sawn English oak

Size

Approximate dimensions:
  • overall length 152 cm (4 feet 11 and three quarters inches)
  • overall depth 47 cm (1 foot 6 and a half inches)
  • overall height 83 cm (2 feet 8 and three quarters 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

Date

c.1960

Identification

Wilf Hutchinson's signature carved inset squirrel motif on one end

About Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson

Wilf 'Squirrelman' Hutchinson (Ex-Mouseman): A former Robert 'Mouseman' Thompson craftsman (starting his apprenticeship in 1952), who set up his own workshop at Husthwaite in 1958 making handmade from seasoned English oak and carrying the signature carved squirrel symbol. The business still continues today in the capable hands of his Son Trevor, who sticks religiously to the traditional handmade cabinetmaking techniques

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

Condition

Very good sound condition. 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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