Thomas carves out his career

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A CREATIVE student has carved a bright future by landing a prestigious apprenticeship with some of the world’s most famous craftsmen.

Northallerton College student Thomas Barnes has been offered a four-year apprenticeship with Mousey Thompson in Kilburn, North Yorkshire.

Founded in 1919 by Richard Thompson, who dedicated his life to carving and joinery, the business boasts a global reputation for its craftsmanship.

Thomas, 16, of Northallerton, said: “I was lucky to secure a week’s work experience through school and I loved it. Then they asked if I would like to work through the summer holidays.

“It was a fantastic experience and a chance to try out what I had learned. I couldn’t believe it when they offered me a job – I was really surprised but very happy.”

Thomas discovered he had a natural talent for wood turning and carving at the age of 11 when he made his first grandfather-style wooden clock.

One of the challenges he is looking forward to is the signature mouse that can be found on every item of the Mouseman’s work.

“I really enjoy carving the mouse,” he said.