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Stock ref: DS1956

Circa mid 1980s

Sizes: table 123 (d) x 73(h), carver chairs 56(w) x 52.5(d) x 93.5(h)cm, dining chairs 44.5(w) x 48.5(d) x 93.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1947

Circa 1980s

An excellent example of a rare to market Bob 'Wrenman' Hunter Oak Standard Lamp, Bob being the last craftsman alive to have started his training under Robert Thompson himself and still working from his home and adjoining workshop in Thirlby, together with his Son's and Grandson. Bob's carving and attention to the finest details is exceptional, and his wren carving is exquisite.

Wonderful original condition with brass fittings and 3 core earthed wiring.

Buyers should be wary of other carved wrens on furniture not by Bob Hunter, but by a Nottinghamshire based carftsman..... they are often miss-sold by auction houses, dealers and private sellers alike.

Size: 30(dia) x 147.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1862

Circa 1960s

An excellent and very rare example of the ex mouseman craftsman Bob Hunter's early solo work when, for a period of time, he carved a tortoise onto his solo work. Today he is, of course, better known as the 'Wrenman', having carved a wren onto his work since the early 1980s. Prior to this he worked locally with Colin Almack at Beaver Furniture and Don Craven at Aldbrough Woodcrafts after leaving Robert Thompson's  with them in the late 1950s, as well as producing a small number of pieces of his own.

The fruitbowl is large at 12 1/2" diameter, it's adzed/tooled  all over  with a thick outer rim, and has a wonderful darker fumed chestnut brown toned colour and patina. Typical of Bob, the attention to detail of his tortoise carving is exceptional. No losses and minimal staining and usage marks within the bowl.

It's a very fine and rare piece for collectors of Mouseman and the Yorkshire Critters Craftsmen's work, sourced locally.

Size: 32(dia) x 6.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1442

Circa 1980s

A wonderfully executed bespoke made solid oak 3 tier wall mounted display rack with scallop edged graduated shelves with visible wedge joints through the profiled carved sides. Beautifully detailed wren carving to the left side. All three shelves feature cut-out grooves allowing for the display of either plates or ornaments. The lower shelf can accomodate up to 23cm dia plates, the upper 22cm dia.  Excellent condition and colour.

One of two that we have available, the other slightly smaller at 4'6' wide and a little less deep and tall, with the wren carved to the right side ( DS1441). Offered for sale individually but we will be pleased to discuss a price for the pair.

Size: 152.5(w) x 14.5(d) x 61.5(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1441

Circa 1980s

A wonderfully executed bespoke made solid oak 3 tier wall mounted display rack with scallop edged graduated shelves with visible wedge joints through the profiled carved sides. Beautifully detailed wren carving to the right side. The two lower shelves feature cut-out grooves allowing for the display of either plates or ornaments. The lower shelf can accomodate up to 23cm dia plates, the upper 22cm dia.  Excellent condition and colour.

One of two that we have available, the other 5' wide and a little deeper, with the wren carved to the left side ( DS1442). Offered for sale individually but we will be pleased to discuss a price for the pair.

Size: 136.5(w) x 13(d) x 60(h)cm

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Stock ref: DS1286

Circa late 1980s/early 90s

A rare and unusual pair of early Wrenman Bob Hunter napkin rings. Bob and his son David confirm their provenance and advise they were carved  in limited numbers in this style  by Bob's daughter Jackie, a fine master carver in her own right. As can be seen in the gallery images below these are slightly shorter in length and are slightly squarer in external form,  which aids stability as the carved branches are  set at different points compared with the modern made piece shown which is circular, the braches both positioned at the botton to provide stability.

Pristine condition and colour with no damage, losses or repairs.

Size: 4.5(l) x  4.5(w) x 6.5(h)

I routinely see what i know to be brand new napkin rings being sold on ebay by less than honest sellers, for in excess of £80 each, making these rare and genuinely older pieces good value at:

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Stock ref: DS1280

Circa 1980s

A wonderful  turned and carved Bob Hunter 'Wrenman' of Thirlby near Thirsk 9" diameter bowl with a large and  exquisitely observed and carved wren perched on a mushroom placed centrally in the bowl. Locally sourced it has a lovely depth of colour and is without staining, although it displays some characterful natural wood shrinkage and splitting to one side, believed to have been caused by being displayed near to a heat source such as a radiator.

Bob started his apprenticeship at Thompson's in 1948 and, following the recent death of Wilf Hutchinson, he is the last surviving craftsman to have been working at Thompson's during Robert Thompson's own lifetime. Having established Wren Cabinetmakers in the early 80's Bob still works every day in his family business, ably assisted by his son's David and Gary, and until recently by his daughter Jackie who has now left to develop her own interior design and home furnishings business. He and his son's have undertaken repair work for me and are a frequent source of interesting information on all manner of things relating to Mouseman and the other Yorkshire Critters.  I can personally recommend a  visit to his workshop and showroom in Thirlby to all visitors to the area.

Size: 23(dia) x 11(h) incl wren carving.

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Stock ref: DS1281

Circa late 80s / 1990

A large and substantial Bob Hunter 'Wrenman'  bread or chopping board with  Bob's distinctive wren incised into the top right of the board. Discussions with Bob and his son David confirm its relatively early age for a Wrenman piece and that it is made from solid elm. Their modern boards are made with oak but David advises me it was not unusual in the 80s and early 90s to use locally sourced elm and  beech as well for chopping boards.

Excellent condition with oiling to the upper working surface and some light knife cut marks to evidence usage as intended.

Size: 44(w) x 37(d) x 5(h), the board weighs 5kg.

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Stock ref: DS1059

1996

A modern nest of 3 solid oak tables, signed DH (David Hunter - Bob’s eldest son) and dated 19/1/96 to the underside.

Of golden oak colour and in superb condition, with solid joints and free from any staining or ring marks. The largest top is constructed from a single plank with wonderful adzing and graining, the smaller tables with 2 plank tops, all adzed to the top surfaces to reflect the light. Octagonal carved legs and sledge feet all carved in Bob Hunters unique and distinctive style.

Mouseman trained in the late 40's / 50’s, he has rigorously avoided ever copying their items or carvings, preferring to develop his own distinctive style. Still at work in this family business, he is now ably assisted by his 2 sons and daughter, all master craftsmen in their own right.

Size: 68.5(w) x 40(d) x 46(h)cm largest.

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