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The Blacksmiths Forge – The Mouseman Visitor Centre, Kilburn, Yorkshire.

A 3 Shot HDR Processed in Photomatix Pro, and CS3.

Fuji Fs 100

Robert (Mouseman) Thompson (7 May 1876 – 8 December 1955) was a British furniture maker. He lived in Kilburn, North Yorkshire, where he set up a business manufacturing oak furniture, which featured a carved mouse on almost every piece. It is claimed that the mouse motif came about accidentally in 1919 following a conversation about “being as poor as a church mouse”, which took place between Thompson and one of his colleagues during the carving of a cornice for a screen. This chance remark led to him carving a mouse and this remained part of his work from this point onwards.

He was part of the 1920s revival of craftsmanship, inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement led by William Morris, John Ruskin and Thomas Carlyle. More specific to furniture making in this genre and era include Stanley Webb Davies of Windermere.

The workshop, now being run by his descendants, includes a showroom and visitors’ centre, and is located beside the Parish Church, which contains “Mouseman” pews, fittings and other furniture. The company is now known as “Robert Thompson’s Craftsmen Ltd – The Mouseman of Kilburn.”

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  • Thomas Eggert
    Thomas Eggertabout 3 years ago

    Very nice work Colin…..Love the water color look…T

  • Thanks Tom !!

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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 3 years ago

    Love this Colin….awesome editing ;-D

  • The Tup North trip was Awesome !! Thanks Lyn !

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  • Thank you Lynette !!

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  • Sheryl Gerhard
    Sheryl Gerhardabout 3 years ago

    Nice processing.

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  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52about 3 years ago

    great capture and work Colin, i love it.

    Cheers Jude

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  • Barbara Manis
    Barbara Manisabout 3 years ago

    Great work, Colin!

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  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 3 years ago

    Outstanding work, Colin!!

  • Thanks John !

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  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansabout 3 years ago

    Who….lol….who’s Lynette!!!!!!….lol

  • Many Thanks for Stopping By ;o)

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  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 3 years ago

    Interesting looking forge Colin,
    Mousemen bookends and ashtrays etc are always popping up on TV in these Bargain Hunt type shows.
    Cheers Neil

  • Many Thanks for Stopping By ;o)

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  • mousesuzy
    mousesuzyabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured on this weeks BNoE site, well done.
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  • walela
    walelaabout 3 years ago

    Terrific

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