A wonderful example of an early Squirrelman fruitbowl and much rarer to the market than the Mouseman fruitbowl. Adzed to the outside and tooled to the inner bowl with a superbly detailed squirrel carved to the centre of the bowl which has no chips or losses. The bowl is of good heavy weight, with a thick rim, and it presents in a superb waxed condition with a mature nutty brown colour, with just a hint of fruit tannin staining to the inner, completely normal and commensurate with use on a bowl of this age. There is no damage to the bowl, although there is a small natural wood grain fault, present from new to the outer adzed side, and shown clearly in the images below.
Size: 9 1/2″ diameter x 2 3/4″ (h), 24(dia) x 7(h)cm
Wilf Hutchinson is a former Mouseman apprentice, leaving to establish his own furniture workshop in 1957 in the village of Husthwaite, between Thirsk and Easingwold. His business continues with Wilf aided by his son, Trevor.