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Stock ref: DS2260

Circa 1960s

A superb solid oak Nest of 3 Tables from the ex mouseman craftsman Don Craven, the original Foxman prior to Malcolm Pipes adopting this 'Critter' after Don had retired. After leaving Robert Thompson's  he worked with Bob Hunter and established Aldborough Woodcrafts in Boroughbridge, adopting a seated, bushy tailed fox as his trademark, whilst in business in the 1960s and early 70s.

Adzed and of rectangular form, each table standing on four octagonally carved legs, joined with stretchers,  with Don's signature bushy tailed sitting fox carved onto one leg of the largest table. 

Presents in a lovely condition and colour with tight leg joints and  free from any major stains, although some characterful minor usage marks remain following a sympathetic clean and re-wax.

Size: Lg 66(w) x 40(d) x 50.5(h)cm
         Med 53(w) x 34.5(d) x 46(h)cm
         Sml  41.5(w) x 30(d) x 41.5(h)cm

£ 550

 

 

Stock ref: DS2286

Circa 1960s

A rare bespoke commissioned set of 2 Carvers and 6 Dining Chairs from the ex Mouseman craftsman Don 'Foxman' Craven who established and operated  his  Aldborough Woodcrafts  business with Bob Hunter (later Wrenman) in the 1960s and early 70s.  Featuring high backs handcarved with the highly popular  interwoven lattice back and, unusually for 'Yorkshire Critters' chairs, drop-in leather seats.

Beautiful original condition and excellent medium fumed honey oak colour with tight frame joints on all the chairs. The leather remains in excellent usable condition but as is typical of chairs of this age the underfoam and webbing has now hardened. However, it is easily and cheaply replaced by any local upholsterer as the seats are of the  drop-in style,  the seat frame held in place by 4 screws.

Sizes:  Carver Chairs 56.5(w) x 53(d) x 106(h)cm, Dining Chairs 44(w) x 49(d) x 106(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2056

Circa 1960s

A rare to market  example of a four legged solid oak stool from the ex mouseman  craftsman Don 'Foxman' Craven with a dished and subtly adzed seat supported on four square taperedlegs with a chamfer to the front corner. Features an unusual fox carving for Don, carved squeezing through a hole  so visible on two sides of the top.

Lovely original condition, no loose joints, medium fumed colour. Photographed as acquired, we will symaphetically clean  and re-wax for the  new owners.

Size: 39.5(w) x 32(d) x 42.5(h)cm. Seat 38(w) x 27(d).

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Stock ref: DS2057

Circa 1960s

A superb example of a rare to market shallow solid oak Fruitbowl from the ex Mouseman craftsman Don 'Foxman' Craven who established and operated  his  Aldborough Woodcrafts  business with Bob Hunter in the 1960s and 70s. Adzed and  tooled all over in typical Mouseman and Yorkshire Critters style. His trademark carved seated fox sits prominently in the centre of the bowl.

Superb condition and colour with no faults or losses, wax polished, privately acquired.

Size: 34(dia) x 4.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2055

Circa 1960s

An exceptional and possibly unique  16" x 6" x 6" Oak Trinket / Keepsake Box from the ex Mouseman craftsman and original 'Foxman' Don Craven who established and operated  his  Aldborough Woodcrafts  business with Bob Hunter in the 1960s and 70s. Superbly constructed, displaying exceptional carpentery skills and tooled all over in typical Mouseman and Yorkshire Critters style. His trademark carved seated fox sits prominently on the hinged top.

Superb condition and colour, privately acquired.

Size: 41(w) x 15(d) x 15(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2058

Circa 1960s

A superb and rare to market example of a large solid English oak  'Foxman' Ashtray by the ex mouseman craftsman Don Craven. After leaving Robert Thompson's  he worked with Bob Hunter and established Aldborough Woodcrafts in Boroughbridge, adopting a seated, bushy tailed fox as his trademark, whilst in business in the 1960s and 70s. The fox trademark was  later revived and adopted by Malcolm Pipes in the 1980s, albeit with a different carved fox signature.

Superb condition and colour, privately acquired from a relative of Don's.

Size: 12.2(w) x 10.2(d) x 5.3(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2001

Circa 1960s

A rare solid oak Hat and Coat Stand from the ex mouseman craftsman and original 'Foxman' Don Craven, few of these items ever being made or coming to market from any of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen.

It stands solidly on four crossed feet, one of which features his carved seated fox trademark, joined to an octagonally carved and facetted central boss and central column. Beatifully detailed to the  domed octagonally carved top with wooden pegs none of which are broken or loose. Excellent rich naturally aged colour and patina, just very slight loss to the facial features on the fox carving.

Size: 50.5(w) x 50.5(d) x 159(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1563

Circa 1960s/early 70s

An excellent medium fumed oak spinning chair from the workshops of the ex mouseman craftsman and original Foxman, Don Craven. It features a beatifully detailed handcarved back splat with guilloche circular banding inset with flower heads and leaf forms. The shaped adzed seat is supported on octagonally carved splayed legs supported by cross stretchers. Don's signature seated fox is carved to the lower section of one front leg. It presents in superb condition with no loose joints or signs of damage or repair.

Size: 40(w) x 51(d) x 84.5(h) cm overall. Seat height 39cm.

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Stock ref: DS1562

Circa 1960s/early 70s

A superb Nest of 3 Tables from the ex mouseman craftsman Don Craven, the original Foxman prior to Malcolm Pipes adopting this 'Critter' after Don had retired. Adzed and of rectangular form, each table standing on four octagonally carved legs with Don's signature sitting fox carved onto one leg. The largest table is 2'6" wide making it an ideal coffee table and the two smaller identically sized tables slide into runners on the underside of the large table for neat and secure storage when not in use.

Presents in excellent condition and colour free from stains and damage following a clean and re-wax in our workshop.

Sizes: Lge 76(w)  x 409d) x 45(h)cm, Sml 35.5(w) x 26.5(d) x 37.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1383

Circa early 1970s

A superb bespoke made 5'7"(l) x 3'6"(w) solid english oak oval dining table complete with five leather seated dining chairs and one carver armchair, made by ex mouseman craftsman Don 'Foxman' Craven who made furniture in Aldborough, Nr Boroughbridge in the 60s and into the mid/late 70s, each piece carved with a distinctive bushy tailed seated fox. Following Don's retirement Malcolm Pipes later adopted the fox, all his work featuring a foxes face.

Lovingly cherished from new the adzed table features highly unusual and expensive to make twin cruciform legs joined by  a stretcher. Most unusually foxes are carved to both end of the table legs. The condition of the adzed top is superb, testiment to careful ownership and the use of a table protector when not in use (which is also avilable to the new owners). The chairs are all solid and the original owners advise that the seat pads were re-leathered approximately 15 years ago, all remain in super condition with just very light usgae scuffs to the leather.

Sizes: Table 170(l) x 106(d) x 73(h)cm,
          Dining Chairs 43.5(w) x 42(d) x 89(h)cm
          Carver Chair 57(w) x 47(d) x 89(h)cm

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