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….

 

 

Pre loved sale update! Photos of items included in our sale of pre-loved, ex showroom, and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture

 

After such an amazing response to the news of our sale, we thought it best to share with you images of the items that will be available.

Unless stated, the pictures do not show the actual piece of furniture that will be on sale, but a representation of the design, so please do check against the link below for sizes and finish of the specific pieces.

The Real Wood Furniture Company sale of pre-loved, ex showroom, and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture

SALE – SATURDAY MARCH 17TH AND SUNDAY MARCH 18TH 11.00am – 5.00pm

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.

 

 

The Real Wood Furniture Company sale of pre-loved, ex showroom, and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture

The time has come for another of our wonderful sales of pre-loved, ex showroom and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture! What better way to warm your cockles during these snowy soon-to-be-spring months than to get excited over buying 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’, our first out building here 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. Large hares, and African animals (including an 11ft high giraffe) grace our garden space and our lovely showroom building (a beautifully restored 1704 Coaching Inn) is well worth a look!

If you haven’t visited us since we were in Woodstock, you will find new contemporary designs and new materials (forged steel, stainless steel, glass etc), sitting alongside our traditional pieces.

SALE – SATURDAY MARCH 17TH AND SUNDAY MARCH 18TH 11.00am – 5.00pm

Please click the link below for a list of items to be included in the sale:

The Real Wood Furniture Company sale of pre-loved, ex showroom, and ‘refurbished to as new’ furniture

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.

 

Christmas & New Year Opening Times

Hi All,

Christmas and New Year opening times are as follows:

  • Sat Dec 23rd 11.00-5.00
  • Sun Dec 24th 11.00 – 2.00
  • Mon Dec 25th – Fri 29th CLOSED
  • Sat Dec 30th 11.00-5.00
  • Sun Dec 31st 11.00-5.00
  • New Year’s Day CLOSED

Normal opening hours then resume, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays 11.00 – 5.00 and / or by appointment

Happy Christmas and best wishes for The NewYear to all our friends and customers old and new….we look forward to seeing you soon….

Chris & The Real Wood Team

Blue light and snow at The Real Wood Furniture Company

‘Colour at Christmas’

Hello again!

Apologies for the ‘radio silence’ over the past many months… apart from announcing the new website etc…it’s been a hectic period, what with one thing and another.  The good news is that now that the new site is up and running, your correspondent intends (has the best of intentions!)… to blog  more regularly….so here we go….

The festive period is upon us and we will be staging another of our ‘Colour at Christmas’ exhibitions, running from Sat Dec 2nd to Sat Dec 23rd.  We will be open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 11.00 – 5.00.

The exhibition features :

 

 

Garry Jones – ceramics to make you smile and laugh out loud.  The crazy world of Garry Jones features hares and other animals in the strangest contexts….

 

 

Claire Francis – Salt Cellar Hats…

‘kooky’ hats in velvets silks, faux fur etc to keep your head warm and to help you stand out from the crowd….

 

Michael Harris – Precious Metal…a photographic study of vintage lead cast toys, a photographic study of vintage lead cast toys, much loved but often confined to the attic, rarely recognised for their unwavering and selfless service to childhood dreams….photographed from different angles and perspectives, they look like heroes of a bygone era…

 

On the theme of hares, we recently sponsored, ‘Ronnie’, painted by Rod Craig as part of the Cotswold March Hare Trail. At the end of the festival, all 80 large hares and some 30 leverets were auctioned for charity and somehow, Ronnie came home to Chipping Norton and brought some of his biggest and best buddies with him, so you can now enjoy a little hop around our ‘Hare Garden’ and check out their various stories…

Special Sale of accessories and artworks

To accompany the exhibition, we will also be holding a special sale of accessories and artworks…perfect presents to yourself…or for others…

….and of course, there will be a warm welcome from Scrumpie-Pup and a cup of tea, coffee or mulled wine will be on offer!

We hope to see you soon!

Season’s greetings

Chris

 

Insider tip…visit us after dark to see our lovingly restored former Coaching Inn gorgeously lit up in swathes of blue light!

The new website goes live… A new star is born…

If you’ve got this far then you’re obviously on our brand new website and whether you’ve seen the full length film or not, you’ve at least seen ‘Scrumpie-pup’ welcoming you to our new showrooms… a true star of stage and screen is born!

Its been a long haul to get this new site up and running but thanks to the skills of the lovely Beth and the nice team at Purple Frog… here we are!

We hope the new site portrays the ‘vibe’ of our new showrooms and our new designs well, and that it will entice you to visit us soon. Please keep checking back as we will be adding information about individual pieces of furniture over the next few weeks. It’s all very exciting!

We are really pleased with the new site and think it ties in well with our new beginning ‘off the high street’.

New showrooms… new website… new designs… familiar friends… the same values… and the same personal touch! We hope to see you soon!

All the best

Chris

P.S… Watch our full film (starring ‘Scrumpie-pup’)!

Special Sale of Pre-Owned Furniture

Moving has been a bit of a rollercoaster and it’s still running…

Anyway… We finally opened here, outside Chipping Norton, as some of you will know, at the beginning of March. We are loving being ‘not on the high street’ and really enjoying our wonderful new space. Many people have been telling me “you’re looking better that when I saw you earlier this year”… think I was a bit stressed with the restoration of our (now) lovely old Coaching Inn… and ’stuff’…

Although the main showrooms have been up and running for a few months now, we have only just completed the refurbishment of ‘The Dog House’ – our first outbuilding! This allows us to present another of our Special Sales of pre owned furniture… pieces made by us that we have brought back from clients for a variety of reasons….house move, style change etc…

SATURDAY JULY 15TH AND SUNDAY JULY 16TH 11:00-17:00

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 on the A3400 Stratford Road. We are on the left before the Shell garage roundabout which intersects with the A361.

Please click the link below for a list of items to be included in the sale.

Special Sale Item Details

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 11.00-5.00 and / or by appointment

'The Dog House' Sale of pre-owned furniture made by The Real Wood Furniture Company

The Real Wood Furniture Company showrooms outside Chipping Norton

The Real Wood Furniture Company showrooms at dusk

A Special Warehouse Sale October 2016

Prior to our showroom relocation …
A Special Warehouse Sale

Over the weekend of October 21st and 22nd we will be holding another of our ‘once in a blue moon’ sales
of pre-owned furniture made by us, that we have bought back from clients for various reasons (house move, down sizing etc.,).
Pieces will include several large refectory tables, farmhouse tables, sets of chairs, dressers, cabinets, sofas and more,
all at very attractive prices and available to take away or for immediate delivery. There will also be ‘on offer’ various pieces from
our showrooms, designs that have been superseded or discontinued.

Sat 22nd – Sun 23nd October 11.00- 5.00 at
Unit 12, Station Field Industrial Estate, Banbury Rd, Kidlington OX5 1JD (only 3 miles from our Woodstock showrooms)

Showroom relocation – from Woodstock to near Chipping Norton

After 20 years of enjoyable and successful trading in Woodstock, we are on the move! We are currently in the process of restoring a wonderful old Coaching Inn,
a mile to the North East of Chipping Norton town centre, to where we will in due course relocate our showrooms. The ‘refurbishment’ programme is taking longer than anticipated (!) and we now aim to remain trading in Woodstock until Christmas,
opening at Chipping Norton early in the New Year with more space, exciting new designs and a fresh energy.

As a ‘destination location’, we will be opening Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays 11.00 – 5.00 or by appointment at other times. Ample parking will be available
with freshly brewed coffee ‘on tap’ at: Chapel House Grounds, Chipping Norton OX7 5SZ.

The new site is literally 10 miles from Woodstock on the A3400 (Stratford Road) between the A44 and A361 turns to Chipping Norton.
We will keep you posted via the website about closing the closing date at Woodstock and the opening at Chipping Norton….it will be ‘business as usual during the transition!!

We look forward to seeing you at The Warehouse Sale at our Kidlington Warehouse (see above), in our Woodstock showrooms up until Christmas and then in The New Year at our new showrooms!

The Real Wood Furniture Company new showrooms near Chipping Norton

best wishes

Chris

New for 2017 - Showrooms (under refurbishment), 'Spires' dining table, 'T Cup' chairs, Windsor Comb Back Settee

It’s our Real Wood Warehouse Sale!!

Warehouse Sale!!

Happy New Year to all….

As you know, we never have ’sales’ of core stock in our showrooms….but …’once in a blue moon’, we hold a sale in our warehouse, of ‘pre-owned’ pieces, made by us,

that we have bought back from customers for a variety of reasons. It’s a chance to own a piece, made by The Real Wood Furniture Company, at a huge saving,

compared to our making a ‘bespoke’ piece for you.

The Real Wood Furniture Company Feb 2016 Warehouse Sale

Our sale this time includes:

large refectory tables in English oak (centre column and canon leg)

large and small farmhouse tables in English oak and cherry

an oak gate leg table, a drop flap ‘loaper’ table

sets of chairs, including: Classic Range wavy ladders with upholstered seats, Billinge Wigan ladderbacks with upholsterd and rush seats, Chippendale style chairs in English cherry with leather upholstered seats, Country ladderbacks with drop in rush seats, Dales chairs with drop in rush seats, ‘Citizen’ chairs, ‘Cotswold’ chairs with upholstered seats and backs etc.,

dressers with racks, dresser bases, glazed top cabinets, a standing glazed top corner cabinet, a corner TV / Media stand,

leather sofas and armchairs, a curved front ‘Knole’ sofa

various antique pieces and objects……….

Please e mail us for a full listing…….

SALE: SAT 13th & SUN 14th FEB 11.00 – 5.00

at: Unit 12, Station Field Industrial Estate, Banbury Road, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1JD (only 3 miles from our Woodstock showrooms)

First come….first served!!

See you there!!!

All the best

Chris