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.


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



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


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…


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!


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