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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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Stock ref: DS1802

Circa late 1970s

An excellent 7 1/2" oak Bowl made by Stan 'Woodpeckerman' Dodds of typical adzed and tooled form with  his signature woodpecker carved in relief to the outer side.

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: 19(dia) x 4.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1801

Circa  1980s

An excellent pair of oak Candlesticks made by Stan 'Woodpeckerman' Dodds of typical octagonal facetted form with a central carved stem. His signature woodpecker is carved in relief to both candlesticks.

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: 17(h) cm

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Stock ref: DS1752

Circa 1950s/early 60s

A very rare and unusual 'Rabbitman' Horseshoe Pin Dish, 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.  The Pin Dish features a gilt horseshoe and a delightful carved rabbit which is distinct from that Peter Heap  later carved, particularly around the face and ears. It presents in excellent condition with slight age related edge wear to the gilding on the horseshoe.

Excellent provenance, having come from the estate of Patricia Kirk of Kilburn, the Kirk family being long established farmers and butchers in Kilburn and neighbours of Robert Thompson.

Other pieces available from her estate include a 'Mouseman' Workbox presented by her parents as a 21st birthday gift in 1948 and a  'Mouseman' Cheeseboard.

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