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Our TV Debut

We were recently contacted by a company called Creative North who are a company dedicated to highlighting creative areas of interest within the North East Region.

They wanted to know about who we were and what we did, they were interested in coming in to film for their TV show, Our Creative North, we’d had a look at work they had done previously and were excited by the prospect of the publicity and awareness that it could mean for us, so naturally we wanted them to come in.

They came in and spent most of a morning filming and talking to people, conducting interviews then they went away and produced the final product and to follow is the show that aired on 20/05/2015 on Made in Tyne and Wear Sky channel 117 Freeview channel 8, we’d like to thank Creative North and wish them all the luck in future projects, links to their website will be at the bottom.

Thanks for watching


Creative North Website

6 Upholstered chairs

Product ID TWP-171

We have 6 upholstered chairs available to upholster to your choice

Price £35 (Each)

Rustic Table

Product ID TWP-162

We have this handmade Rustic Table

Price £30


Care and Support information regarding our day service for clients who wish to attend The Wood Pile.

The Wood Pile Community Interest Company

Covering Durham and County Durham

Eligibility Criteria

18 years old, no upper age limit, Learning Disability, Mental Health Problems, Physical Disability, Sensory Impairment, Disadvantaged i.e. unemployed

Description/Type of Service

Clients will be supported to access training, gain new work related skills, and progress towards and into employment.  The project is so varied that it allows clients and volunteers to learn a range of new skills and in house training, opportunities will be offered in; customer service, retail, furniture restoration, joinery, logistics (collection and delivery), business administration,  In addition to the wood recycling,

We will upcycle and restore furniture, buying and restoring old furniture from local charities.  Furniture will also be made from the wood that is collected, there are a range of different products that can be manufactured and clients will be involved in this activity.  All of these activities increase the skills that individuals will learn; we will link with other agencies who can offer additional accredited courses to allow people to increase their skill base, and progress clients onto employment opportunities with specialist organisations, should they request this support.

Key Features

  • Employability Support
  • Vocational in house courses
  • Work Tasters
  • Voluntary Placements
  • Support for all disabilities
  • Support for disadvantaged

Additional Details

Hours of availability are Monday – Thursday 9-5 Friday 9-4 on Saturdays 10 -2 we situated within DBI Services, Rennys Lane Industrial Estate, Dragonville, Durham DH1 2RS contact us on 0191 3869735 or email clients are asked to source their own lunch, our day rate is set at £31.

Applicable categories supported by group

  • Carers Services
  • Day Services
  • Employment
  • Employment Support
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Mental Health
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Training





Internal Doors

Internal Doors

We have a selection of Internal doors which are all part of our Saturday May 2nd FLASH SALE

White Doors £8

Pine Doors £12

Mahogany Doors £15

But hurry, because once they’re gone, they’re GONE!!!

Delivery can be arranged at cost to you, usually using Parcel To Go

All payment information can be found on the following link.

Paying with Paypal


  • Items are usually restored, repaired or made here and will be specified in the description.
  • The Wood Pile always try and describe the items to the best of our knowledge
  • The Wood Pile inspect all items and ensure they are fit for purpose
  • Most items will not be new unless made on site, therefore general wear and tear should be expected but would be divulged.
  • The Wood Pile are open to offers within reason
  • People are welcome to inspect items upon collection if they are not satisfied they will be refunded.
Thanks for visiting The Wood Pile site: 

The Wood Pile a Community Interest Company, founded by Karen Stubbings.

The aim is to reduce the amount of wood going to landfill and incinerators by means of recycling/upcycling, wood and furniture are not only collected from waste streams they are also donated, bought at auctions, charity shops and markets. We get such items as fencing, panels, plywood boards, doors, floorboards and any such types of wood, along with many different types of furniture.

Many people will just discard their old furniture when they think it has served its purpose or too damaged or disheveled to be used, what we see is an opportunity to take that furniture, repair the damages, give it a fresh coat of paint and wax it, to make it look good as new or give it that “Shabby Chic” look, and then sell the items in our shop, as well as our warehouse. 

Workshop Testimonials

Below we have genuine customer feedback about our Shabby Chic Workshops, the more workshops we have the more testimonials we’ll add to this post.

From the first workshop people thought it should be a longer course so we listened and extended it by one hour.

“great morning, loved it! my stools gunna look fab in the kitchen now, thanks!” Claire Irvine

“Really enjoyed the course, would definitely come along again” Jill Wardle

“had a brilliant time – thank you!” Jo Gooing

“Really fantastic, lovely friendly Saturday morning” Liz Yallop

Lovely way to spend a Saturday morning, very friendly very informative, really enjoyable” Yvonne Elgy

“Excellent course, very welcoming and friendly, thank you Karen” Pat Rowley

“Excellent course, absolutely loved it and will recommend to friends” Stephanie Pinnock

“Excellent course + really pleased with my table! such a great day!” Rachel Roberts

“The course has been very informative and I will now be changing all my furniture at home, easily explained” Christine Coomber

“Wonderful day, lovely ladies and excellent choice of colours and equipment, thank you” Carly Merryweather

“Really satisfied with the workshop, and the final effect, which was achieved on my piece of furniture” Pamela Lister

“Great, friendly, effective” Sylvia Davies

“Lovely morning, thanks very much” Linda Richardson

“Very helpful, think I have found a new hobby” Lindsey Robinson

Loved it! appreciated the refreshments, tools were great! got some really useful ideas” Elaine Carey

Lovely class with nice teacher” Janice Barron

“A great way to spend a Saturday morning, I can’t wait to start on another piece of furniture, a great sense of achievement.” Vie Small

“Loved the hands on training, learned so much about painting/distressing furniture, staff excellent.” Helen Darnian

 “really good, time passed quickly and I was very pleased with the results, my piece of furniture has a new leaseof life and will look good back home.” Stan White

“Excellent course, content, materials and support, will be back, coffee and refreshments a welcome addition. thank you.” Carole Briggs

Excellent course, thoroughly enjoyed the morning” Vivian Middleton

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, very informative and fun” Carol Hedley

“Very friendly” Jan Ellis

“A brilliant day thank you, I’ll be back!” Amber Elliot

“Fab” Joanne Jackson

“It was really useful” Amy Jackson

“Thank you you John for all the work + attention to detail, the machine desk has taken pride of place in our home, I have placed it against a window with a view, where I can sew to my hearts content + watch the world go by, very best wishes, Rosemary” a very satisfied customer after we restored her vintage sewing machine.

“Highly Recommend” Yvonne Green

“Fantastic morning, thank you, we will be back” Lucy Hinds

“Would definitely recommend” Audrey Cleaver

“Had a fantastic time on the course and learnt how to Shabby Chic, I’ll be using the very useful fact sheet to have a go at home too! can’t wait to get started now.” Cat Hinds

“Thoroughly enjoyed the course, thanks Karen” Mel Kenyon

“Thanks for ending a horrible week with a lovely relaxing start to the weekend, gentle encouragement, friendly atmosphere – perfect, I will be back” Rebecca McGranie

“We will be back” Olwyn Daglish

“very satisfied, all round , thank you” Stephanie Newall

“Fantastic course, thoroughly enjoyed the session and over the moon at the new drawers, thank you” Jenny Stockwell

“Loved what I learned today, will take the knowledge away with me to try again at home” Sue Atkinson

“Fabulous morning, informative and good that you can take home what you’ve been working on” Angela Dee

“Fantastic course, cant wait for the next one” Lesley Clarke

“An enjoyable course with very friendly trainers, hope there are further courses in the future” Debbie Duffield

“Brilliant, think what you are doing is great, more women’s workshops please.” Melissa Rooney

“Lovely course, good tutor, so friendly and helpful, can’t wait to get involved.” Rebecca Rooney

“Great course, I will be back.” Leslie Davies

“I loved it, it will quickly become my latest obsession, thank you so much, the atmosphere was conducive to learning, thank you Karen and your lovely helper Jill, lovely way to spend a Saturday.” Maggie Wright

“Loved it thank you, excellent learning” Claire Atkinson

“I really enjoyed the course and created a lovely set of tables, I now have the confidence to do the rest of my furniture” Nicola Button

“Thank you for a wonderful morning, friendly and helpful throughout” Louise Robinson

“Fantastic course, thoroughly enjoyed” Joanna Micham

“Very friendly and fun, enjoyed myself! thank you!” Rebecca Williams-Taylor

“Engaged course” Alison Morgan 

“It was really helpful, and good to know about to use in the future” Libby Minnes

Andrea “Had a fab time, learned loads, met some lovely people”

Claire “If I can do it anyone can” 

Corrina “Great course with fantastic tuition, lovely group of ladies too! Just need prosecco! :-)”

Margaret “I will be back with my granddaughters, I enjoyed it so much” 

Caroline “No pressure, relaxed happy atmosphere 🙂

Linda “Very good throughout course, definitely recommend to friends”

Upholstery Course

“Would have happily paid more for more sessions, loved the course, thank you” Jill Wardle

“It’s much harder to do upholstery than I thought, lots of details, enjoyed the course.” Mairi Kennedy

“Found it very difficult, it’s much harder than I thought, couldn’t have finished it without the teacher.” Anne Dodd

“Have enjoyed myself, can’t wait to start, there will be no stopping me”  Lisa Richards

“Excellent course, really enjoyed, please keep me informed of future courses.” Liz Walton


Annabell Duke Chalk Paint

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Annabell Duke Chalk Paints


We now also stock our very own paint, a colour unique to us, created by Annabell Duke Chalk Paint available soon



We now stock paints from Annabell Duke “Leaves a flat chalk paint matt finish that is smooth to the touch bringing a new lease of life to any piece of furniture either new or old, creating a distressed or shabby chic look that is so popular and highly desirable.” 

Annabell Duke website

We Stock

Chalk Paints

250ml RRP £7.95

1L RRP £18.95

Clear Wax

300ML RRP £11.95

50mm FLAT BRUSH RRP £8.95


The colours from Annabel Duke Colour Chart




Annabell Duke Stencils 

We have stencils priced at £11.95 each

2 packs available, pictures below