The magic of Mouseman

Robert Thompson embarked on his journey in furniture making during the Arts & Crafts movement, spanning from the 1880s to the 1930s. Influenced by 17th-century English styles, he deliberately shunned modern machinery, opting instead for ancient tools and techniques to craft his pieces.

His work is instantly recognisable by the whimsical mouse carving. This trademark emerged during a commission to repair a church, where Thompson was intricately carving a substantial cornice for a screen. In conversation with one of his apprentices, they remarked that they were “as poor as church mice.” Inspired by this, Thompson spontaneously decided to carve the mouse motif onto the screen. This impromptu act led to all his work including the signature mouse.

Owning a piece of Mouseman Furniture is like owning a piece of history—a testament to a bygone era when quality and craftsmanship were paramount. It's more than just furniture; it's a connection to tradition, craftsmanship, and the natural world. Whether adorning a cozy cottage or a stately manor, Mouseman Furniture adds a touch of rustic elegance and timeless charm.

In a world inundated with mass-produced goods, Mouseman Furniture stands apart as a symbol of authenticity and artistry. It's a reminder of the beauty that comes from handcrafted excellence—a legacy that continues to captivate and inspire generations

Today, Robert Thompson's legacy lives on through the continued production of Mouseman Furniture by his descendants and skilled artisans who uphold his commitment to excellence.

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