I think that Mr Thompson chose a mouse as his trademark just to torture us cats! There is nothing more disappointing than having stalked your prey with great hunting skill and in total silence, upon pouncing, finding out that it is actually carved of oak!
Robert Thompson, born in 1876 dedicated his life to the craft of carving and joinery in English Oak. He taught himself to use the traditional tools and by 1919 he was experimenting with his own ideas for producing furniture based on the English styles of the 17th Century. Robert Thompson told that the mouse trademark came into use after one of his craftsmen remarked that “We all as poor as church mice” whereupon Robert carved a mouse on the church screen he was working on.
Since then the famous mouse symbol is found every item crafted by Robert Thompson’s workshop.
Craftsmen still produce exquisite hand crafted furniture from air-dried oak, using the same type of tools as Robert Thompson, in the workshops in Kilburn, North Yorkshire.
A Visitors centre in the village allows the general public to experience what life must have been like for Robert growing up in the late 19th century as part of a thriving village community. It also displays some of the furniture and demonstrates the traditional methods used to create it.
For further details about Mousey Thompsons furniture and the visitors centre click here.