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…


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our showrooms, designs that have been superseded or discontinued.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


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


A Celebration of Trees

26From ‘horses’ in our last exhibition to to ‘trees’…the latter giving us the wonderful resource with which, as a company, we work ….

‘art in the furniture store’ presents a new exhibition…”In Celebration of Trees”…

Three very different ‘takes’ on trees with:

Rod Craig having produced some special watercolour and ink paintings of trees in Blenheim Park and other local spots…

Ian Fraser using photographic techniques he normally applies to capturing incredibly individual images of buildings, having produced some special images of trees

you may recognise from the locality…… and

Chis Townsend, celebrated tree artist and sculptor working in forged steel, having produced some special sculptures for our exhibition.

Add in to the mix at the preview party, the premier performance of a new piece of music from tp & woodman, aptly titled ‘In celebration of trees’ and it all adds up to a great multi media celebration focusing on the mighty English oak.

Preview party – Fri Oct 30th 6.30-9.00pm in our Woodstock showrooms

a celebration of trees preview invitation

a celebration of trees invitation

The Real Wood Furniture Company is a supporter of ‘The Wychwood Project‘, a charity promoting engagement with the landscape and wildlife habitats contained within the former Royal Hunting Forest of Wychwood, which covered most of West Oxfordshire. The charity works in areas of land management, conservation, education and is keen to encourage the participation of all who live in the area. The Real Wood Furniture Company has a special interest in tree planting projects. A ‘charity donation’ bar will raise funds for the project at the exhibition preview party.

On other fronts, our steel horse ‘Milo’ has found a new and pleasant pasture

milo in the glade

The Wychwood Project

On the furniture front, work progresses on our new ‘T Cup’ range, but in the meantime we have ’soft launched’ a new chair.

Our ‘Spires chair’ takes its inspiration from a ’scroll back’ design made famous by master chairmaker Stephen Hazell who worked in Oxford from 1846.The original design is attributed to William Wardell, who is recorded as working in Summertown from 1839. He probably trained Stephen Hazell.The simple ’scroll back’ chair in time came to be known as ‘The Oxford Chair’. Having literally handled thousands of antique ‘Oxford chairs’ over the years, my starting point of inspiration was to create a chair of similar simplicity, low in height but with a generous seat and offering good comfort with an over arching feel of the ‘contemporary’. We are making this with Scottish elm in the seat and back horizontal rails with other parts in English ash. We are about to make a second batch with English burr oak in the horizontal rails. As you can see from the photos, we are offering both a simple ‘H’ stretcher and a ‘crinoline’ or ‘cowhorn’ stretcher with angular shaped ‘torpedoes’ jointing the stretcher to the back legs. As ever with Windsor chairs, they are nothing if not an amalgam of their angles, so we have been through many prototypes and stages of ‘finessing’ the design. We have sold to two customers already within two weeks of the chair ‘hitting the floor’ with no promotion as such, so we hope that the design will have a wide appeal. The offer of wide plank Scottish elm has also afforded us the opportunity to look at table making with elm again. Our ‘Spires Pilgrim Table’ features 2 x wide planks of elm, flanked by narrower planks of English burr oak. By making the end ‘cleats’ the same width as the outer planks, we have created the illusion of a ‘paneled’ top without the inherent problems of shrinkage causing gaps to appear!

The Spires Chair

The Spires Pilgrim Table

Time to go for the moment….I shall return later with ’sparkle’ aided by a glass of red!

With best wishes


Warehouse Sale

We are about to hold one of our ‘Once in a Blue Moon’ sales of ‘pre-owned’ furniture.

Sat 1st & Sun 2nd March 11.00 – 5.00pm

Unit 12, Stationfield Ind Est, Banbury Rd, Kidlington OX5 1JD

Warehouse Sale of pre-owned hand made quality country furniture, dining tables, chairs, dressers etc

at the back of the estate, next to Hunts (Paper & Pixels) and the canal. Stationfield Industrial Estate is on the main A4260 Oxford – Kidlington – Banbury road, next to The Highwayman pub.

display cabinet oak & burr oak
display cabinet oak & burr oak
The warehouse is approx 3 miles from our showrooms

Quaker table with 2 extension leaves, oak and burr oak, oil and wax finish

display cabinet oak & burr oak

These are pieces that we have made and have subsequently bought back for various reasons – house move etc…. Some pieces have been re-finished, others are as we have received them. There are a few pieces that have only ever been in our showrooms and are now being withdrawn and sold because the design has been altered. Add in to the mix, some leather sofas, some antique chairs, some antique Chinese pieces and of course it’s a great opportunity to ‘nose about’ in our warehouse (50ft of relief carved mahogany paneling anybody???…!!)

We will be offering all pieces at very attractive prices….

We will be offering a wide selection, including –

: 20+ dining tables ranging from a 5′6″ farm table to a round table that extends from 4′ round to 9′3″ x 4′. There are several large refectory style tables – inc 3 x centre column, heavy shaped baluster base refectory tables 9′2″ x 3′6″, two of them with burr oak tops…. prices start at £500

: 10+ dressers, some with racks, others as base only…prices start at £1,000

: 4 corner cabinets, 3 glazed displaycabinets / bookcases …. prices start at £1,000

: 3 leather sofas…prices start at £750

: various occasional tables, inc 1 x 4′ x 2′ farmhouse coffee table in sandblasted oak with an oil and wax finish…prices start at £395

: 8 sets of chairs and numerous individual and pairs of side and arm chairs …sets start at £750, individual armchairs at £150

: various antique chairs

: …..and much more…

Traditional dresser base in oak

centre column refectory table with heavy, shaped baluster base in oak

Borders Dresser and Rack in oak and burr oak

That’s it for the moment…we hope to see you in the showrooms and at the warehouse over the weekend of Sat 1st and Sun 2nd March!!!!

All the best


Happy New Year….times are changing

Happy New Year to old and new friends!

It’s going to be a quick ‘blog’ as I am off to Ireland tomorrow to deliver a sofa…a long way for just one delivery, but carriers ‘botched’ the job so badly early in the year, that I want to just ‘get it right’ and make very lovely customers happy! (and no…it was not one of our usual carriers…Ireland is ‘difficult’) However, as I am showing tomorrow, we welcome business from the Emerald Isle and delivery can be achieved!!…so we look forward to being over there again soon!!

There is much change afoot at RWF Co…new carpets, a completely ‘new look’ to our upstairs showrooms and a very positive start to 2014. In February we welcome a new enterprise into our building! ’Love Wine’ will trade from the far end of the showrooms (No 20) offering a unique wine tasting experience and an opportunity to buy some of the finest winesfrom around the world. We think the ‘fit’ is really good…fine furniture…fine wines (and some of us in these parts are partial to a drop or two!!) and we hope that their offer will be an added delight to a visit to our showrooms. Not quite sure when the ‘grand opening’ will be, but we will let you know very soon!

Important date for your diary: Sat March 1st and Sunday March 2nd we are holding another of our ‘once in a blue moon’ sales of ‘pre-owned’ furniture. These are pieces that we have made, that we have bought back from customers, for reasons of moving, down sizing, up sizing etc. There will be a good selection of dining tables and chairs, some dressers and cabinets and various antique pieces…all at very attractive prices!!! The sale will be held in our warehouse at Kidlington, only 3 miles from our Woodstock showrooms between 11.00am & 5.00pm. More details to follow.

Art in the furniture store

This year’s series of exhibitions starts with a ‘Private View’ preview party to which you are warmly invited

Fri Feb 7th, 6.30 – 9.00pm Ian Fraser – Iconic Architecture

Unique photographic interpretations of Oxford Colleges and street scenes, Venice and other iconic European buildings.
Ian’s work is individual and stunning. Are you looking at a drawing, an ink painting, a tinted photograph?? Viewed with the eye of an architect and the skills and patience of a master photographer, Ian presents limited edition prints that will amaze and delight. The final images are like architectural drawings but with the addition of photo realism. Using the same criteria as an artist, Ian creates an image of what lays before him, using light, perspective and painstaking compositing and ‘de-cluttering’ in the photographic process. Ian offers his work as limited edition prints, beautifully and sympathetically framed, or as print only.

At the preview, you will have a chance to meet Ian, find out how he goes about creating his stunning images, listen to some cool live music and enjoy a drink in front of the log fire.

Browse the showrooms and enjoy a last chance to wander our space before ‘Love Wine’ move in!!

This year each ‘art in the furniture store’ exhibition will run for two months. The next exhibition starting Fri April 4th is ‘The Child’s Chair’…an exhibition of childrens’ seating through the ages with a focus on Windsor and country style chairs

clisset childs chair & primitive welsh comb back childs chair

That’s it for now…hope to see you soon!


A Winter’s Tale

The log fire is almost lit….but hang on…it’s still warm out there….with only 12 weeks until Christmas! Aggghhh!!! Time to check us out for those innovative Christmas gifts, not to mention a ‘last minute’ dining table order!! Yes, we have some styles and sizes ‘in stock’, ready to go, whilst still having some capacity to make a special order for you in time for the big day.

rt in the furniture store features a 2 month exhibition opening Oct 4th running to the end of November with exciting local artist Cathy Read who becomes our featured artist for The Art in Woodstock Festival which will run from Oct 26th – Nov 3rd

Please come to the preview party, Fri Oct 4th 6.30 – 9.00pm in our Woodstock showrooms

art, live music with ‘woodman and friends’, log fire, wine, furniture, friends and fun…

Centre column refectory table and upholstered chairs in English oak

The next day, the full 5 piece tp & woodman will be playing a benefit gig at Chipping Norton Theatre with the mighty Cooper Black, all proceeds to the lovely theatre!!

so thats Sat Oct 5th 7.30 www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk £15 a ticket

cathy read - wheel of hope

Cathy Read has a fascination for city landscapes which are constantly changing and for the structures of contemporary buildings. She explains:

“They are alive with the necessity and dreams that bring them into creation. I depict the life within which ultimately comes from the people living and working within. I represent this vitality through the movement of the paint

Contrasts play a significant part in my work. The order and chaos of a dream world defined by physical actuality, light and dark or clarity versus obscurity.”

Please come and have a look!!

Art in Woodstock

cathy read - the heart of a vision

……..and then the Art in Woodstock Festival is upon us, opening Sat Oct 26th and running until Sun Nov 3rd. We will he hosting several artists. For full details please visit the festival website www.artinwoodstock.com

See you soon


The Vertical – (and the horizontal)

For August we welcome the return of Jacqueline Hopkins to ‘art in the furniture store’. She uses interesting watercolour techniques to create paintings involving lots of ‘verticals’. Her favourite subject is trees.

Please come to the preview party

Fri August 2nd 6.30 – 9.00pm

in our showrooms

live music, art, Pimms & wines, furniture, friends…

The exhibition will run to the end of August

Wow…so hot!…have just returned from 4 days at The CLA Game Fair at Ragley Hall…sweltering!! Our stand was much admired and I spoke to visitors from far and wide, before collapsing ‘horizontal’ on to the slightly hard floor of our marquee to sleep (badly) amidst the clatter of the showground. Nice neighbours ‘Country Attire’ fed and watered me and the lovely boys from ‘Arterial Moving’ (best carriers in the land!!) moved me in and speedily out on the Sunday evening, such that I was sipping a chilled glass of white wine with friends in Woodstock by 9.30!!

Multi Media Event – ‘Inspired by Music’

July 5th saw us staging our ‘live painting to music’ evening with Rod Craig, which was compared by one visitor from Essex to seeing Pink Floyd in the late 70’s……..does it for me! You can view a snippet by clicking here .


and last few days of his ‘Inspired by Music’ exhibition…some great work on show!

Painting Holiday

The morning after the live painting to music event, I jetted off to the South of France for a short break to do some painting myself with lovely Lorna at giteartiste.com had a lovely relaxing time and managed some ‘free’ stuff towards the end of the week…might even frame a few!! Sampled lovely Kronenbourg Tequilla Beer …(anyone know if it’s available over here??) and some nice Gaillac wines…

woodman - eagle 1

Well…much to do, so must get on. Trying to finish the programme for The Woodstock Live Music Festival – 20 bands on the Town Square over the August Bank Holiday weekend, Sat August 24th & Sun 25th. Should be good. Full details will be up shortly at www.woodstocklive.co.uk

See you soon


PS Next month…fantastic dog pictures and portraits by Shirley Cherry – dogtasticportraits.co.uk

It’s Christmas in Woodstock – Colour at Christmas

It’s Christmas in Woodstock …and probably where you are too! Far too early really, but there’s things to do, lights to put up, events to organise…

Colour at Christmas – December’s art in the furniture store exhibition

So, December sees us mounting a new ‘Colour at Christmas’ exhibition, featuring the paintings of Catherine Spring, the ‘marble’ wall art of Jennifer Newman Fox, the ceramics of Sarah Wiggins and the sculpture of Rosamond Lloyd alongside a very special offering of Christmas gifts and accessories….

catherine spring - crimson tide

We are having a preview party on:

Saturday Dec 1st 6.30 – 10.00pm in our Woodstock showrooms and we hope you will be able to join us…

STOP PRESS: We will be serving delicious canapes specially prepared for us by The 10 in 8 group who have recently taken over the dining offer at Woodstock’s famous Bear Hotel.

10 in 8 group canape from The Bear Hotel

We have also added to the exhibition a selection of exotic guitars from a ‘private collection’ to include: a very special PRS 20th anniversary Custom 22, a ‘Fender Custom Shop’ Jeff Beck Strat and several other tasty specimens

Besides the colourful art on display, there will be a live sculpting demonstration by Rosamond Lloyd and a veritable musical feast from a host of musicians, featuring performances by: Le Pondorosa (members of Cooper Black), woodman & friends, The Woodstock Snow Stars (featuring Katie Humble & Ros Lloyd) and more…

We will of course be offering the usual mix of fine wines, log fire, fun and furniture……

The exhibition will run until the end of December

jen newman fox - marble 11

sarah wiggins - pot from above

ros lloyd - head to head

Our ‘furniture piece’ of the month is a beautiful sofa made specially for us by one of Nottinghamshires finest upholstery houses – The Cotswold Knowle Sofa is upholstered in sumptuous Cotswold oatmeal and spice fabrics.

the cotswold knowle sofa

We hope you can make it for the preview, or later in the month….

Two more dates for your diaries, coming up very soon:

Sat Nov 24th, 6.00pm – A Night of a Thousand Candles, Woodstock Town Square, switch on of the town’s lights, performances by The Primary School Choir, The Woodstock Snow Stars and Woodstock Christmas past, present and future!!

Fri Nov 30th 7.30 Woodstock Social Club – An evening with Cooper Black & friends, raising funds for the club.

See you soon and very best wishes for the season!!


As the nights draw in…let some light in to the landscape…

john somerscales - side street, verona

We lit the fire in our showrooms today for the first time this season…and it helped to break the wintry mood caused by the lashing cold wind and rain….there are floods in other parts and more economic gloom ahead (so they say)…

What better reason then to come to a party, where the fire will be stoked again, lovely wines will be on offer, the meandering guitars of tp & woodman will soothe, the paintings of John Somerscales will inspire and the craftsmanship of James Smith will delight.

You are warmly invited to the preview party for October’s ‘art in the furniture store’ exhibition ‘Light in the Landscape’, featuring the paintings of John Somerscales.

Preview Party

Friday Oct 5th 6.30 -9.00pm in our Woodstock Showrooms

John’s impressionistic style uses watercolours, oils and acylic, more often than not painting ‘en plein air’. He takes his inspiration from the landscape of Oxfordshire as well as from Mediterranean destinations to which he is drawn to spend time painting.

This month, we are featuring as our ‘furniture piece’ of the month a superb chest of drawers by contemporary designer/maker James Smith. His chest of drawers made in a combination of fumed oak veneer, clean and ‘bog’ oak has been awarded the mark of The Furniture Makers Guild.

james smith - chest of drawers in fumed oak veneer, oak and 'bog' oak

Since 1958, when the Guild was formed only just over 400 ‘marks’ have been awarded in the bespoke furniture category. In furniture terms, this award is the equivalent of the food industy’s ‘Michelin Star’ and is afforded to only the very best bespoke pieces. James undertakes specialist commissions and can sometimes be persuaded to make a kitchen for you! Meet him here at the preview party.

Later in October we celebrate the ‘Art in Woodstock Festival’ again, Sat Oct 27th – Sun Nov 4th. As well as exhibiting John and James’ work we will be hosting work by Ian Fraser, Jennifer Newman-Fox, Sarah Wiggins, Peter King and Patricia Elmore. Over 50 artists will be exhibiting in venues around the town, there are some interesting evening talks, workshops for children during the day and a free expression space on the Town Square. www.artinwoodstock.com

More Music!!

Sun Oct 7th Chipping Norton Theatre tp & woodman will be supporting Cooper Black who will be launching their new album (produced by tp) ‘Milestone Road’ www.cooperblack.co.uk tp & woodman (with ever expanding 5 piece line up) will be on stage at 8.00pm www.chippingnortontheatre.co.uk

See you soon