Nothing lasts forever…(except maybe our furniture!)

Dear Friends,

As the world begins to come out of ‘lock down’, some things will feel different and some things will never be the same again….nothing lasts forever, but some things will endure… I hope you are surviving these ‘strange’ times and are keeping safe and well.

I am delighted to announce :

Our showrooms opened again on Friday June 19th, by appointment only

‘By appointment’ gives me the opportunity to ‘stagger’ visits and is aimed at giving you the confidence and knowledge that only you and members of your household will be in the showrooms at any one time, besides myself, maintaining a safe social distance. Hand sanitiser and white cotton or latex gloves will be available. Scrumpie-pup will be on hand to welcome you and tea or coffee will be on offer as usual.

To arrange an appointment, preferably on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday, please call our regular showroom number 01608 642741 or my mobile 07971 629703.

More News – time for change…

I have decided that The Real Wood Furniture Company will close its doors early next year.

I am alerting you well in advance of the date of our closing, as a courtesy and out of respect for your support and the long standing relationship, developed over the years, that I have enjoyed with many of you. It feels ‘right’ to be ‘upfront’ with my plans, so that you can avail yourselves of our unique services for just a little longer, until the end of the year. I like to think we have conducted our business in an ‘old fashioned’ kind of way, providing solid advice, inspiration and guidance, allowing you to make the best decisions in acquiring beautiful and practical furniture for your home.

I have come to the decision to close the business with a huge conflict of emotions but with complete clarity of conscience and a firm resolve! I am incredibly proud, that over the past 30 years I have been involved in the design and making of furniture and chairs that have brought joy to clients from far and wide, and that as a company we have produced some 5,000 + tables and cabinets and some 20,000 chairs, ranging in style from the traditional to the contemporary….but now it’s time for a new chapter and to do something different!

The reasons behind my decision

  1. Turning 65 in July last year prompted, way more than any other anniversary, a real examination of ‘what I want to do with the rest of my life’…

  2. My good friend and colleague, of 30 years, Tony Smith, died completely without warning late last year. Tony was the ‘driving force’ and ‘lynch pin’ at the workshop and things have just not been the same since his untimely passing. RIP Tony.
  3. Many of you will know that ‘music’ has been a major part of my life and I now want to create the time and space to concentrate on that, more fully again. See more under ‘Music’ at the end of this post.

When is the end not the end?

We are still processing and completing customer orders made before the Coronavirus outbreak. which has inevitably slowed us down. If you have an outstanding order, I will be in touch with you shortly, to update you on progress.

We will still be taking orders from existing and potential customers until the end of this year, so if you have been thinking of placing an order, now is the time to act!

If I can help with anything, I look forward to hearing from you and, further to this, I will still be available after the showrooms close to consult on projects and commissions and to help with any matters relating to furniture that we have made for you.

Pre-owned furniture

We will be holding our last sale of ‘pre-owned’ pieces that we have made, in October/November this year, so if you have pieces that you have been thinking of part exchanging or selling, please contact me soon. After the closure of the showrooms, I will be making available an ‘internet forum’ for the sale and purchase of pieces exclusively made by The Real Wood Furniture Company.

Premises

Our showrooms have always been such an important part of ‘The Real Wood Experience’. We have so often received compliments on the style and ambience that we have created both in Woodstock and especially here, at Chipping Norton. Now, as I enter this ‘new chapter’ in my life, it may be, that the beautiful space created at ‘Mo Tighe’ will become available for rent or sale, either as a commercial premises with ancillary accommodation or as a residential dwelling. Should you be interested in any way, please let me know.

30 Years Celebration Party

It was my intention, before Coronavirus, to celebrate 30 wonderful years of The Real Wood Furniture Company with a ‘party weekend’ over July 4th and 5th. This has now been postponed until sometime next year. It will a pleasure to have your company at our celebration, so watch out for your invitation!

With gratitude and my very best wishes

Chris

Chris Baylis

 

Let the music play… (please visit www.realwood.co.uk/music/)

I am delighted to announce that I have set up a new, aptly named entity, ‘The Real Wood Recording Company’. The first releases, on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and all download and streaming services, are two critically acclaimed albums that I have previously recorded, under the name ‘The Guitar Orchestra’ (streaming as ‘Chris Baylis & The Guitar Orchestra’). Beyond this, I have set up a Youtube channel, ‘The Real Wood Recording Company’, which I will be populating soon with various video clips from recent and more distant times. I am in the latter stages of recording a new album with my good friend TP (Tony Poole, who enjoyed success with ‘ Starry Eyed & Laughing, back in the day, and currently with Americana award winners ‘Bennett Wilson Poole’). The new album is titled ‘Farewell to Venice’ and will be released, later this year, under my own name, in all formats, including vinyl.

Special Sale of ‘pre-owned’, ex show house and ex showroom furniture

Sat Nov 16th & Sun Nov 17th, 11.00am – 5.00pm at our Chipping Norton Showrooms

A sale of furniture made by us that we have bought back from clients for various reasons…moving, downsizing etc., as well as pieces that we have loaned to property developers for use in their sale properties or are ex showroom.

A Unique Opportunity

This ‘sale’ is a little different to our sporadic sales of pre-owned pieces in that this July, we moved out of our large Kidlington warehouse to a more modest facility nearer to our new location. We have run out of space and therefore have to move on a selection of ‘as new’ pieces that have only been in property developers’  show houses or in our own showrooms.

Examples include a stunning ‘Spiers’ dining table in English oak, burr oak and walnut, seating 6 / 8 people and measuring 84″ x 36″ (stock photo).

For a a full list of sale pieces, please click here….Sale list 16.11.19

We look forward to welcoming you with a coffee or glass of mulled wine!

Chris and the Real Wood team

‘Spiers’ dining table in English oak, burr oak and walnut

 

Ceramics to Make You Smile

The wacky world of Garry Jones comes to Chipping Norton for November and December, opening Saturday Nov 2nd and running until December 22nd.   The exhibition will include wall mounted and free standing pieces as well as some new bronze resin sculptures for your garden.  We will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 – 5.00,  with a lovely cup of coffee waiting for you!

Hunny Bunny Love

 Nine Knives (Don’t Look Now) 5 Baa GateChicken Soup I spy with my hairy eye…. 

We look forward to seeing you!

Preview party (e mail for invitation) Fri Nov 1st 7.30pm with special entertainment!

Watch out for up coming news of a Special Sale of pre-owned pieces, coming up Nov 16th & 17th….

and as always, you are very welcome to make an appointment outside normal opening hours to view our wonderful furniture collection….burr oak, oak, fabulous elm from the North of Scotland, walnut, ash…all from mainland UK, made with pride and passion in Oxfordshire…from the traditional to the contemporary…. made to order to suit your home.

Chris & The Real Wood Team

 

Sale of Pre-owned pieces June 21st – 23rd 2019

Sale of pieces we have made for clients in the past, that we have bought back, due to down-sizing, up-sizing, style change etc., presenting an opportunity to buy some of our craftsman made furniture at seriously attractive prices.

Fri June 21st – Sun 23rd, 11.00am-5.00pm each day in ‘The Dog House’ at our Chipping Norton site

w.a. = warm antique (dark) finish l.w.a. = light warm antique (medium / dark) finish

a.l. = antique light (light / medium) finish. c.l. = clean light finish

o & w = oil & wax (natural) finish

This is furniture made by us that we have bought back from clients for various reasons…

moving, downsizing, as well as pieces that we have loaned to property developers

for use in their sale properties

‘Sale price’ in red

‘New price now’ in black

Dining Tables

1.75” thick tops

1.Centre column refectory table, heavy shaped baluster base,

102” x 39”, character oak , a.l. 2,250 4,720

2. Oval refectory table, 87” x 60”, character oak, a.l. 2,250 5,795

1.25” thick tops

5. Pilgrim table, 80” x 36” character oak, o & w, refurbished to as new 1,500 2,415

6. Round pedestal table, 48” diameter, cherry, light cherry finish 750 2,695

0.8” thick tops

8. Gate leg table in cherry, 66” x 60”, medium finish 1,000 2,635

9. Pigrim table, 75” x 36” + 1 x 21” extension leaf, oak, w.a. 750 2,840

10. Taper leg farmhouse table,78” x 35”, English cherry, medium finish 750 2,295

Occasional and side tables

12. Traditional coffee table with turned leg, pot-board and 2 x drawers, 48” x 24” x 20”,

oak and burr oak, a.l. 400 1,595

13. Farmhouse side table, 48” x 14” x 35”, oak and burr oak, o&w, as new, ex show-house 1,250 2,275

14. Farmhouse side table, 48” x 14” x 32”, oak, alo, as new, ex show-house 1,000 1,995

15. Traditional coffee table with turned leg, pot-board 60” x 36” x 19”, character oak, o&w 795 1,595

20. Round pedestal base table, 27” diam, 28”h, oak, l.w.a. 400 895

Chairs

22. 6 + 2 Country ladderback chairs in ash, drop in rush seats, dark w.a finish. 500 2,640

23. 8 + 2 Traditional oak frame upholstered chairs with black and gold fabric, a.l. 2,000 5,650

25. Classic wavy ladder back arm chair in ash with rush seat, I.w.a. 350 700

26. Various ladder & spindle back armchairs, drop in rush seats, ash/oak each 150 345

Dressers and Cabinets

27. Glazed wall hanging corner cabinet in oak, 30” x 16” x 36”, l.w.a. new – ex showroom. 500 1,695

29. Glazed top corner cabinet in oak, 30” x 17” x 74”, w.a. 500 2,495

30. Traditional cupboard base dresser with enclosed rack, 3 drawers above 3 cupboards

rack with cupboards, spice drawers and candle slides, oak c.l, ex show-house

66” x 18” x 80” 2,500 6,995

Additions

31. Traditional coffee table with turned legs, stretchers around legs, no pot-board

54” x 30” x 18”, character oak, a.l.o. new (cancelled order) 995 1,495

32. Upholstered Farmhouse side chair, ash, flat top, check fabric, ex showroom 150 595

34. Various country ladder and Dales side chairs, ash, drop in rush seats, as new, each 150 325

35. Swivel top bar stool, ash, a.l. 200 445

36. Swivel top bar stool, ash, c.l. 200 445

37. Pair Farmhouse upholstered armchairs, ash, in spotless cream faux leather 500 1,090

38. Pair Cheltenham side chairs, oak, brown leather drop in seats, a.l. 400 1,000

39. 8 x Farmhouse ladderback side chairs, oak, drop in rush seats, a.l. – new 1,600 2,760

40. Classic wavy ladder back arm chair in ash with blue upholstered seat, l.w.a. 350 700

 

We look forward to seeing you.  A cup of coffee, or a glass of wine, with a warm welcome await you!

Chris

 

•VAT (if applicable) is included in prices

•Delivery, if required, will be charged at cost

•Sale being held in ‘The Dog House’ at our Chipping Norton showrooms

•Fri June 21st – Sunday 23rd 11am-5pm.

 

Cupboard base dresser and rack in English character oak, on offer at £2,500

June 2019 Sale of pre-owned furniture and more…..

June 15th / 16th / 21st / 22nd / 23rd at Chipping Norton – 

Sale of pieces we have made for clients in the past, that we have bought back, due to down-sizing, up-sizing, style change etc., presenting an opportunity to buy some of our craftsman made furniture at seriously attractive prices.

Sale starts Sat June 15th and then runs through Sunday 16th, Friday 21st, Sat 22nd and Sun 23rd June, 11.00am-5.00pm each day.

Full list

15th – 23rd June 2019 (Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays)                                                                                                                                

                          

w.a. = warm antique (dark) finish                         l.w.a. = light warm antique (medium / dark) finish

a.l. = antique light (light / medium) finish.           c.l. = clean light finish                                              o & w = oil & wax (natural) finish

This is furniture made by us that we have bought back from clients for various reasons…moving, downsizing, as well as pieces that we have  loaned to property developers for use in their sale properties 

                                                                                                                                              Sale      New                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                                                              price     now

Dining Tables      

1.75” thick tops

1. Centre column refectory table, heavy shaped baluster base, 

    102” x 39”, character oak , a.l.                                                                                          2,250   4,720

2. Oval refectory table, 87” x 60”, character oak, a.l.                                                       2,250   5,795

3. Centre column refectory table, 100” x 39”, English cherry, medium finish           1,500   4,995

4. Quaker table, 84” x 36”, burr oak, o&w, as new, ex show-house                             2,500   4,045

     

1.25” thick tops

5. Pilgrim table, 80” x 36” character oak, o & w, refurbished to as new                      1,500   2,415

6. Round pedestal table, 48” diameter, character oak, a.l.                                             1,250   3,495

7. Chamferred leg farmhouse table, 66” x 36” character oak, o&w                                  750   1,995

0.8” thick tops

8. Gate leg table in cherry, 66” x 60”, medium finish                                                     1,000   2,635

9. Pigrim table, 75” x 36” + 1 x 21” extension leaf, oak, w.a.                                              750   2,840

10. Taper leg farmhouse table,78” x 35”, English cherry, medium finish                      850    2,200

Tables not made by us

11. Pine top table on forged steel base, 72” x 34.5”, natural                                              750  

Occasional and side tables

12. Traditional coffee table with turned leg, pot-board and 2 x drawers, 48” x 24” x 20”, 

      oak and burr oak, a.l.                                                                                                           400    1,595

13. Farmhouse side table, 48” x 14” x 35”, oak and burr oak, o&w, as new,

ex show-house                                                                                                                     1,250   2,275

14. Farmhouse side table, 48” x 14” x 32”, oak, alo, as new, ex show-house                1,000   1,995

15. Traditional coffee table with turned leg, pot-board 60” x 36” x 19”,

character oak, o&w                                                                                                                 795   1,595

16. Traditional coffee table with turned leg, pot-board 60” x 36” x 19”, burr oak, alo   995   1,595

17. Taper leg side table with 1 x drawer, 23” x 15”  x 30”, oak, w.a. as new,

ex show-house                                                                                                                        495   1,195

18. Side table with 3 drawers and potboard, 44” x 18” x 30”, English cherry,medium 650   2,295

19. Cricket table, 24”diam, 24”h, oak and burr oak, grey finish                                         500      795

20. Round pedestal base table, 27” diam, 28”h, oak, l.w.a.                                                400      895

Chairs 

21. 6 + 2 Country ladderback chairs in ash, drop in rush seats, a.l.o.                            1,450  2,640

22. 6 + 2 Country ladderback chairs in ash, drop in rush seats, dark w.a finish.           500  2,640

23. 8 + 2 Traditional oak frame upholstered chairs with black and gold fabric, a.l.  2,000  5,650

24. 6 + 2 Small traditional oak frame upholstered chairs,  fawn heraldic upholstery  600

25. Classic wavy ladder back arm chair in ash with rush seat, I.w.a.                                350     700

26. Various ladder & spindle back armchairs, drop in rush seats, ash/oak           each 150      345

Dressers and Cabinets 

27. Glazed wall hanging corner cabinet in oak, 30” x 16” x 36”, l.w.a. new,

ex showroom                                                                                                                          500   1,695

28. Moulded front potboard dresser base in oak and burr oak, 72” x 18” x 33”, a.l.  1,500   3,495

29. Glazed top corner cabinet in oak, 30” x 17” x 74”, w.a.                                                 500   2,495

30. Traditional cupboard base dresser with enclosed rack, 3 drawers above

3 cupboards, rack with cupboards, spice drawers and candle slides, oak c.l.o,

ex show-house                                                                                                                   2,500   6,995

  • VAT (if applicable) is included in prices
  • Delivery, if required, will be charged at cost                                                                                                         
  • Sale being held in ‘The Dog House’ at our Chipping Norton showrooms 
  • Saturday June 15th- Sun 23rd 11am-5pm.  

Photos on request

We look forward to seeing you, at the sale or in the showrooms sometime soon.

Chris

Pre-loved, ex showroom and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture at The Real Wood Furniture Company

We are excited to announce another of our wonderful sales of pre-loved, ex showroom and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture! What better way to prepare your home for the coming festive months than to buy some of our beautifully hand crafted pieces at bargain prices!

We stand by our furniture and are always happy to buy back pieces that we have made. Most of the furniture on offer falls into this category and is offered to us due to down/up sizing, style change etc…most pieces are offered in their ‘pre-loved’ condition but some pieces we have refurbished to ‘as new’…in addition there are a few pieces that are being offered ‘ex showroom’ that have been discontinued from our core style range.

This sale will be held in ‘The Dog House’,  at our new location. During the sale, our main showrooms will be open as usual for you to wander at your leisure. There is plenty of parking on site and lots to look at.

SALE – SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17th AND SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18th 11.00am – 5.00pm

Please stay tuned for a complete list of this sale’s enticing offering, which we will post on Wednesday Nov 14th – We look forward to welcoming you with a coffee or glass of wine over the weekend!

Chris, Scrumpie-pup & The Real Wood Team

Open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 11.00am – 5.00pm and / or by appointment

The Real Wood Furniture Company, at ‘Mo Tighe’, Chapel House Grounds, Chipping Norton, OX7 5SZ.

This is 10 miles north of our previous location in Woodstock, literally straight up the A44 continuing straight on the A3400 Stratford Road where the A44 bears left at traffic lights to Chipping Norton and Evesham. We are on the left 100 yards after the second sign for Heythrop and before the Shell garage roundabout which intersects with the A361.

Blenheim Oaks Exhibition by Ian Fraser

An exhibition of limited edition photographic prints Sept 28th – Oct 31st

 

Blenheim Oak 1046

Ian Fraser talks about his photographic craft:

“My speciality is a technique which gives the image a flat perspective like an architectural drawing but with photographic realism. I use the same criteria an artist would use if he sat down in front of the building with an easel and could see the image he wanted in his head. I remove the clutter, but I don’t put anything in that isn’t there.

These oak trees could be anything up to 800 years old, survivors from a bygone age. They will have witnessed centuries of history and incredible change and are now mostly in the autumn of their life span, yet they are still thrusting out new leaves every year although their trunks have been virtually hollowed out.

I was attracted to these trees not only because of their great age and history but also visually. Their trunks have fantastic texture and form, the longer you look at them you start to see all sorts of faces and figures in the bark.

All of the oak trees in this series are in the grounds of Blenheim Palace and each tree is numbered with a metal tag.  I thought it would be really interesting if people were able to find the trees to see them at different times of year, in different light and to see how they change over time as these prints are a record of how the trees look now.”

To make it easy to find the trees, the certificate on the back of the frame has a map showing specifically the location of that tree as well as the location of all the other trees in the series. It also has the GPS co-ordinates of all the trees so they can be found with a hand held GPS device or looked up on Google Earth.

All the prints are on beautiful 310gsm watercolour paper and printed with archival inks for longevity. The frames are made of oak and glazed with Conservation Clear glass that absorbs 99% of UV light and the certificate of authenticity is attached to the back. They are all signed by Ian and marked with their number in the edition.

We are open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 11.00am -5.00pm and at other times by appointment.  We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Chris, Scrumpie-pup and the team

The magnificent grounds and architecture of Blenheim Palace.

 

A sister for Ronnie

Ronnie

Many of you will know that we sponsored Ronnie (Wood) as our parting gift to Woodstock. He was one of over 80 hares dotted around the cotswolds celebrating the 2017 Cotswold March Hare Trail (http://www.cotswoldsharetrail.org.uk). At the end of the year all the hares were offered for sale at the charity auction and we were very pleased to secure Ronnie so that he could reside outside our new Chipping Norton home. We also bought a number of other hares with a view to finding some their ‘forever homes’…and some to keep Ronnie company! Whilst some of our other hares are beautifully decorated, in our opinion, none come close to the organic majesty of Ronnie – beautifully painted by artist and friend Rod Craig, creating a master piece that looks like it has been hewn out of a solid trunk of yew wood. Although Ronnie gets on with his ‘harey’ friends, they’ve never quite felt like ‘family’ to him…so we thought it was time to introduce him to his sister. Our ‘blank canvas’ hare will be painted by Rod over the weekend of August 18th & 19th, 12-4pm on both days and before our very eyes (and possibly yours too) ‘Sher’ will be brought to life. Why ‘Sher’?…Sher-Wood as in Sherwood Forrest!

 

Ronnie and Sher (before transformation)

So please come and join us:

Saturday August 18th or Sunday August 19th 12.00-4.00pm

for a glass of prosecco and to watch Rod at work!

We are currently hosting ‘Remain in Light’, an exhibition of Rod’s latest paintings in watercolour, ink, acrylic and oils (www.rodcraig.com) and of course there is some fabulous furniture to view as well(!) including our latest ‘Shark’ armchairs featuring fantastic English burr oak splats and gorgeous Scottish elm seats and top combs.

 

‘Shark’ Armchairs
Ronnie and Sher (to be…)

We hope to see you soon!

Chris, Scrumpie-pup and the team

 

‘Remain in Light’ – An exhibition by Rod Craig

We invite you to join us at the preview evening for this exciting upcoming exhibition by one of our favourite artists, Rod raig (www.rodcraig.com), which will run throughout July and August.

blackened cities

When: Saturday June 30th , 7pm-10pm

Where: The Real Wood Furniture Company, at Mo Tighe, Chipping Norton, Chapel House Grounds, OX7 5SZ

At 8pm there will be a 45 minute performance featuring Rod creating a new work (or works) to a live musical back drop by ‘woodman & friends’ featuring Tony Poole on 12 strong guitar, Chris Baylis on Stratocaster and Emily Burridge on cello. Rod’s painting will be projected onto a large screen so that all can see. The musicians and Rod will ‘bounce off’ each other in an improvised performance of painting and music making.

The exhibition features new watercolour and ink paintings by Rod and also some oil paintings…a medium he has not worked with for many a year!

We will be serving wine, soft drinks and coffees throughout the evening and whilst there will be no charge for the performance or drinks, there will be opportunity to support a local charity that we endorse. ‘ROSY’ (www.rosy.org.uk) offers respite nursing for chronically ill children in Oxfordshire.

On other fronts we are taking part in the Cotswolds AONB hare trail (www.cotswoldsharetrail.org.uk). We bought 18 hares at the charity auction which closed last year’s festival, securing our lovely ‘Ronnie’ who we had sponsored as our ‘parting gift’ to Woodstock. We have now sold 10 of these hares and are donating 10% of these proceeds to ROSY. ‘Ronnie’ and two other hares are definitely NOT for sale but others are looking for new homes…so if you fancy an interesting new addition to your garden (or hallway…?) please do come and have a look.

By the by…we also have an ‘African’ garden on our new site featuring an 11ft high giraffe, some hanging chimps, a crane, and an ostrich made from recycled oil cans!

And finally…if you haven’t visited our new showrooms yet, our new designs keep on coming but ‘traditional’ old friends are still here as well.

We hope to see you on the 30th, or Saturdays Sundays and Mondays throughout July and August.

Wild animals at the real wood furniture company
Ronnie at his new Chipping Norton home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please listen to the sound bite below from a previous painting to music performance by ‘woodman and friends’ to give you a small flavour of how the evening’s music may unfold….

 

 

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