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Stock ref: DS2321

Circa 1960s/70s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's traditional rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak three legged Cow Stool features a circular adzed seat inset centrally witha handcarved Tudor rose, supported on three carved and splayed legs with  visible wedgeed joints through the seat.  Tom's distinctive gnome signature is carved to the lower section of one leg.

Superb condition with tight leg joints and a rich deep colour.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 38( seat dia) x 43.2 (h)cm

£ 395

Stock ref: DS2015

Circa 1960s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's artisan craftsmanship. The Yorkshire oak dresser features a detachable,  adzed,  three tier plate rack, with carved cornice over the top and shaped sides. The lower section also features extensive adzing, is of rectangular shape  and comprises  three oak panelled cupboards with an internal shelf, intersected with carved linen fold panels and three drawers below each cupboard door. It stands on shaped and waisted sides with sledge feet and a carved undulating cross stretcher which is pegged in the traditional manner. Traditional wrought iron fittings and his trademark gnome carved to the front right  corner of the upper rack.

Cleaned and rewaxed in our workshop it presents in superb condition internally and externally. The interior cupboard shelves have been protected by lining paper from new.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto all his work and was inspired by the legend that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 137(w) x 40(d) x 184.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2290

1957

A wonderfully coloured and patinated example of Thomas Whittaker's rustic artisan craftsmanship, this highly unusual bespoke designed solid oak and burr oak  Sideboard is adzed all over, including the rear, and features twin shelved  cupboards  with burr oak inlaid panels to each side and two drawers centrally. It stands on  adzed and shaped trestle  legs with sledge feet joined by a  traditional pegged stretcher. Complimented by tradional wrought iron fittings and his trademark gnome carved intricately to the  front  corner edge.

Cleaned and sympathetically re-waxed in our workshop it presents in a wonderful  condition and rich colour with just some usual natural wood  shrinkage, splitting  and minor usage marking to the  adzed  oak top.

Privately purchased from the original owners family, the piece made in 1957 as a wedding present.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 119(w) x 46(d) x 93.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2185

Circa 1960s/70s

An excellent solid oak shallow Fruitbowl made by Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker in his typical rustic adzed style. Tooled to the inner bowl with a carved tudor rose centrally placed. His signature gnome is carved to the base of the  bowl.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 30(dia) x 5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2095

Circa 1950s / early 60s

An excellent example of a Thomas 'Gnomeman'Whittaker circular coffee table  with adzed table top and attractive inset guilloche circular banding, standing on three carved legs into one of which has been carved a large signature gnome. Sympathetically cleaned, refurbished and waxed in our workshops it presents with a rich darker oak colour and in excellent solid condition.

Size: 58.5(dia) x 42(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2122

1986

A rare to find piece from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker, made in the last few years of his life. Adzed all over and features shaped trestle sides joined by a  pegged stretcher with a fall front which has a carved tudor / yorkshire rose inset into the front supported by two pull out lopers.  Inset leather writing desk  and storage compartments internally, two drawers below. Exceptionally clean and well looked after. Marked in typical fashion with Thomas Whittakers trademark gnome carving.

Previously sold by us, bought back in part exchange for another more expensive piece of Gnomeman furniture.

Size: 91.5(w) x 52(d)cm x 112(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2091

Circa 1960s/70s

An excellent four legged stool with distinctive  adzed 'cats paw' burred oak handcrafted by Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whiattaker of Littlebeck near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His signature gnome is carved prominantly to the lower corner of one leg.

Size: 51(w) x 39(d) x 40(h)cm, seat 45(w) x 37(d) x 4.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS2076

Circa 1950s

A wonderful example of Thomas Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional solid oak Writing Bureau is adzed all over and features a sloped fall front with very distinctive wrought iron strapping, opening to reveal numerous compartments and a writing desk, supported on two pull out lopers, Below are 2 short over 2 long gradurated storage drawers  with wrought iron teardrop handles and his trademark gnome carved intricately to the  front side corner. 

Cleaned and re-waxed in our workshop it presents in a wonderful  condition and rich colour with just some natural wood splitting to the shaped trestle side. The original key and lock for the fall front are present, but  due to  the natural age shrinkage of the wood no longer match cleanly to work effectively.

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 70.5(w) x 45(d) x 106.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1653

1986

Privately acquired  from the original owners family together with several other Gnomeman and Rabbitman pieces.

A rare to find piece from Thomas 'Gnomeman' Whittaker, made in the last few years of his life. Adzed all over and features shaped trestle sides joined by a  pegged stretcher with a fall front which has a carved tudor / yorkshire rose inset into the front supported by two pull out lopers.  Inset leather writing desk  and storage compartments internally, two drawers below. Exceptionally clean and well looked after. Marked in typical fashion with Thomas Whittakers trademark gnome carving.

Complete with the original order acknowledgement letter from Littlebeck Craftsmen.

Size: 91.5(w) x 52(d)cm x 112(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1937

Circa 1960s

A superb example of Tom Whittaker's rustic craftsmanship, this traditional oak spinning chair features a shaped and adzed back with an inset mythical carved griffin. The dodecagon (12 sided) single plank seat is also adzed and supports three substantial legs, his trademark gnome carved intricately to the lower rear leg. Both front legs feature  visible wedged joints through the seat.

Super rich deep colour, the pegged rear back rest and legs are solid with no loose joints. 

Thomas whittaker (1910 -1991) lived and worked in York and later in Littlebeck, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. His trademark gnome is carved onto most of his post war work and was inspired by a German jewish refugee he met shortly before the outbreak of war who was judging a piece he had entered into the North of England Craftsmen's Exhibition in Newcastle. He was asked to indenify the piece in some way and the judge suggested the 'german oak spirit'  the legend being that a gnome is born each time an acorn germinates and will guard that tree throughout its life. His work is now highly regarded and nearly as well known as Robert Thompson's. His business ceased on his death and his former home and workshop is now a private residence. For those interested in learning more about his life and work i attach a link to a British Pathe newsreel from 1961. Gnomeman Thomas Whittaker

Size: 45(w) x 46(d) x 88.5(h)cm

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