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Stock ref: DS2735

Circa late 1950s/60s

A very rare Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' 12" Breadboard, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular form with  a  wonderfully carved rabbit to  one shaped corner edge.

We think it's been made in lime wood, a very blonde tight  and straight grained hard wood. Wonderful condition, ready to use or display.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 30.5(l) x 25(w) x 2(h)cm

£ 345

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Stock ref: DS2734

Circa late 1950s/early 60s

A very rare Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' Cheeseboard, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular form with curved handle and an exquisitely carved rabbit to  on end.

We think it's been made in lime wood, a very blonde tight  and straight grained hard wood. Excellent unused condition.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 30.5(l) x 15(w) x 3.8(h)cm

£ 345

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Stock ref: DS2391

Circa 1970s/80s

A beautifully observed and executed carved Oakleaf dish / small bowl from the  celebrated ex mouseman master carver Stan Dodds. Comes to market from his personal estate, carved with his later woodpecker signature to the base.

Presents in superb condition and colour.

Size: 20(w) x 9.2(d) x 2.1(h)cm

£ 650

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Stock ref: DS2733

Circa late 1950s / 60s

A very rare solid oak Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' Book Trough, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular form,19" wide with an exquisitely carved rabbit to  on end, adzed to the sides, book ledge and rear in line with earlier Robert Thompson's craftsmanship.

Excellent condition and a rich deeper fumed colour.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 47.5(w) x 18(d) x 18.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2732

Circa late 1950s/60s

A very rare solid oak Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' Ashtray, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular adzed form with an exquisitely carved rabbit to  on end.

Excellent unused condition and honey colour.

The second  of two we have acquired, the other in similar unused condition, the rabbit facing the other way.

Provenance, from Stan Dodds' personal estate.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 11.5(w) x 9.5(d) x 4.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2731

Circa late 1950s /60s

A very rare solid oak Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' Ashtray, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular adzed form with an exquisitely carved rabbit to  on end.

Excellent unused condition and honey colour.

One of two we have acquired, the other in similar unused condition, the rabbit facing the other way.

Provenance, from Stan Dodds' personal estate.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 11.5(w) x 9.5(d) x 4.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2730

Circa  late 1950s / 1960s

A very rare and unusual solid oak Stan Dodds 'Rabbitman' Trinket Box, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit in 1970 as his own carved signature. Of rectangular adzed form with an exquisitely carved rabbit to  the  hinged lid with a handcarved and tooled interior.

Excellent condition and colour.

Provenance, from Stan Dodds' personal estate.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012) worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from his mentor George Weightman  in the 1960s, and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. 

Stan married his wife Norma in 1960. Norma was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name with either a rabbit or woodpecker signature, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of wood. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 18.5(w) x 9.5(d) x 7(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2390

Circa 1960s-80s

A superb 12" high solid quarter sawn oak  carving of a sparrow hawk by the celebrated ex Mouseman master carver craftsman Stan Dodds.  Made personally for his own  family use, and hung at home, it is a most fine testiment to  his technical carving skill and artistic ability, learn't under the tutiledge of both Robert Thompson and his master carver in the 1940s,  the great George Weightman. Adzed and tooled all over with extremely fine carving details. No faults or losses to the carving details, only the most minor marking to the  rear edges of the plaque where it has been wall hung over the years. Excellent medium fumed and waxed colour.

Provenance: from his personal estate.

Stan Dodds (1928-2012). Stan began working as an apprentice for Robert Thompson in 1942 at the age of fourteen. Stan trained under the watchful eye of George Weightman, the workshop’s senior carver who was responsible for some of the finest carvings ever produced at Kilburn. Apart from a two-year National Service stint in the RAF, Dodds continued to work in the Thompson family workshop until his retirement in 1994. Thereafter he worked both on his own and notably with Wilf and Trevor Hutchinson at Squirrel Furniture.

Stan married in 1960. Norma, his wife, was the niece of Robert ‘Mouseman’ Thompson’s granddaughter-in-law. The newly married couple were given the use of a Thompson's owned  house in nearby Osgodby. Here Stan set up his own small workshop 'out the back'  where he made fine oak carvings in his spare time. The carvings that Stan produced under his own name, both during his years at Kilburn and after his retirement, are particularly fine. The level of detail and refinement in Stan’s carving is testament to his skill and deep understanding of oak. Today, he and  George Weightman are regarded as Robert Thompson’s best ever carvers, their work appreciated by avid collectors of Mouseman around the world, whether produced for Robert Thompson's or in their own spare time for personal use or resale.

Size: 22.5(w) x 2.5(d) x 30.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1800

Circa 1960s/80

A superb carved oak Mahout and Indian Elephant, beautifully observed pushing a large log with its trunk and carved by Stan Dodds.  The elephant, handler and log are carved from a solid block of oak, the carving screw mounted to a replaced baize lined and tooled base. Thought to be one of only two ever made the date of carving is the subject of some conjecture, but the second example, a known R. Thompson's commission, dates to the early 1980s

Excellent condition and provenance, from Stan's own personal collection and estate, found wrapped in 1969 newspaper  with the original design drawn in pencil to the rear of a 1961 calendar page.

Stan Dodds worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from George Weightman  in the 1960s and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. He sadly passed away in early 2012.

Size: 23(w) x 10(d) x 20(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1803

Circa late 1950s/mid 60s

A very rare and unusual 'Rabbitman' Cheeseboard, an early example of Stan Dodds' solo work, made whilst he was still working full-time at Robert Thompson's,  and before Peter Heap later trademark protected the rabbit as his own carved signature. Of rectangular form with an exquisitely carved rabbit to one end and, unusually for a Yorkshire craftsman's piece it's not made from oak, the colour and grain of the wood indicate it's made from plain untreated sycamore.

Excellent condition and provenance, from his own personal collection and estate.

Stan Dodds worked at Robert Thompson's from 14 years of age in 1942  up to retirement in 1994, taking over the role of master carver from George Weightman  in the 1960s and responsible for most of their best carvings  in recent decades. His unique skill and craftsmanship is increasingly being recognised by collectors who seek out his distinctive mouse signature, as well as his own rabbit and later woodpecker signature. In retirement he undertook regular part-time carving work for a number of the Yorkshire Critters craftsmen, most notably Wilf and Trevor at Squirrel Furniture. He sadly passed away in early 2012.

Size: 27.5(w) x 15(d) x 4.3(h)cm

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