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Thomas ‘Gnomeman’ Whittaker, Oak Spinning Stool

Stock ref: DS1105

Circa 1960

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

Super condition and colour, just the slightest wood shrinkage and movement to one front leg joint, noticeable in dry warm environments.

Size: 47(w) x 47(d) x 92(h) cm. Seat width 34.5cm.

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 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

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