The Wood Works

Our Heritage

Richard Delane founded the Wood Works bespoke furniture operation in 1990 with the help of his wife Donna and their newborn son Josh strapped to Donna’s back. The scene was set in 1942 when Richard’s grandfather Morris Delane came to London’s East End from Poland to learn cabinet making. He spent years perfecting his craft in numerous furniture workshops lining the streets of Hackney and Hoxton.

​Morris’s sons decided to develop the family craft into a business and set up Denmor Furniture, which specialised in designing and making beautiful china cabinets. The trendy designs gained popularity and were supplied to all major UK furniture retailers: from an independent shop in Vauxhall to household names such as Harrods and Selfridges. In the 60s and 70s new ranges of lounge and dining room furniture were added – weird and wonderful shapes of chairs, tables, and display units that invigorated people’s living spaces.

​Richard had always known he’d join the family business and started at the factory from the age of 17, working his way up and learning the craft at every department: from design to production to fitting.

A group of men standing together in a bespoke kitchen.

By 1990 his mind was set in going completely bespoke and he started his own two-pronged business. Wooden Tots was dedicated to designing and producing nursery furniture for John Lewis. The Wood Works, focused on bespoke furniture, later naturally took over and became the heart of today’s business. With Donna helping handle administration, Richard’s now vast and in-depth experience enabled him to handle projects from start to finish. Over time Richard and Donna hired and trained a small team of designers, craftsmen, and fitters who’ve since become part of The Wood Works family.

​Relocating to Hertfordshire was a natural progression to meet the need for a dedicated facility, housing the head office, the showroom, and the factory. Clients enjoy visiting us and being able to experience the magic of seeing the drawings become exquisitely hand-crafted pieces they can touch and feel.

​We feel blessed to have a closely-knit team, generations of clients we are proud to serve, and the fresh young minds (Joel and Josh) to help carry the family furniture artistry tradition into the 21st century.


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Customer Reviews

The Wood Works

Customer Reviews


What a wonderful experience from beginning to end. We certainly weren’t the easiest customers , we weren’t sure what we wanted or when ! However Donna, Richard, Rich and their amazing team guided us through the process with utter professionalism as well as warmth and patience. The results exceeded our expectations, particularly the attention to every detail. They wouldn’t rest until they knew we were happy with everything. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them or use them again.

Leighton Home Style

Thanks to all the team at The Woodworks for working with me on yet another great project.
Beautiful design managed and delivered on time and VERY happy clients

Look forward to our future projects together!

Alan Burton

Woodworks provided us with excellent service, from planning and design to finished kitchen

Build quality is excellent and it really does give the house the WOW factor

Our kitchen was part of a new build process for house we have built from scratch. Deadlines constantly moved, and Woodworks worked around everybody to get the job done on time and in full

After sales is very good, with tweaks to doors and cupboards all part of the service!

Sarah Innes

It has been an absolute pleasure to deal with The Wood Works. Our existing kitchen was 20 years old, and the layout of the room did not make use of the available space. Josh produced inspired ideas for re-designing the whole area, and really listened to what we wanted to achieve, patiently fine-tuning the plans to our particular requirements. We are now the proud owners of a stunning and practical new kitchen which has completely exceeded our expectations. When my sister visited for the first time, she said "it looks like the kitchen of a celebrity chef!" (which I am not). What a transformation. The Wood Works is a family-run business, and that really shows in terms of their professional service, quality of fittings, attention to detail, reliability and easy communication. Nothing was too much trouble. At the start of the project, Josh promised we would have our kitchen by Christmas. I was sceptical as we were in the midst of the pandemic, but they delivered as promised, with no hitches. Thoroughly recommend.


Brilliant Service!
They designed, built, and fitted my new kitchen.
Extremely happy and will be recommending to my friends and family.

Sian Baker

Over the moon with our new kitchen!
The design is exactly what we wanted, the fitters were excellent, and the craftsmanship is fantastic.
Everyone at The Wood Works helped to make the process as smooth and as easy as possible.
I would recommend them to anyone looking at getting a new kitchen.

Ruhel 4 November, 2021

We are delighted with the kitchen supplied and fitted by The Woodworks. The design, look and quality is brilliant. The designer (Tom Dodd), the project manager (Andy Neville) and the fitters were all brilliant. Always helpful and responsive. A really pleasing experience with Woodworks and a brilliant finished kitchen.

The design collated by Tom was brilliant and tailored brilliantly to our exact requirements.

I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.

Sue Finegold 22 December 2021

We have a beautiful kitchen of the highest quality The company are efficient friendly and nothing is too much trouble.
Richard and Donna designed everything for us to perfection. All their staff are really great.