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Axminster

Events

Saturday 29th July – We have top international woodturner and Skill Centre Tutor Jason Breach in store sharing his skills and advice using the Axminster Trade Series 1628VS Lathe. Jason will be offering advice and tips and is always happy to ‘talk woodturning’ with our customers.

Products

Our Live Workshop is fully fitted out and ready to offer demonstrations of a wide range of tools and machines. Come along and get ‘hands on’ in a safe environment with plenty of guidance and advice from our store team.

People

Sales Advisor Adrian Broadhead is a true woodworking allrounder and is always ready to help you at our interactive work stations. Please pop in and chat to Adrian about your woodworking projects – he has a great deal of first-hand experience, knowledge and practical advice.

Adrian Broadhead at an interactive workstation
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Basingstoke

Events

Friday 4th-Sunday 6th August – Axminster Tools & Machinery is again supporting the International Boatbuilding Training College at the Boathouse 4 Festival in Portsmouth. James our Deputy Manager will be there along with Antony Jempson from our Business Services team and Jason Breach from our Skill Centre.
Sunday 6th August – We welcome the Surrey Association of Woodturners to our store again with Robert Grant and Phil Hamilton demonstrating on our Axminster Trade Series 1628VS lathes. This is a great opportunity to ask these talented woodturners your questions.

International Boatbuilding Training College

People

We’d like to extend a special thank you to a number of colleagues from our Skill Centre and other stores who have provided additional staffing support at Basingstoke over the past couple of months. These include Training Manager Craig Steele and Tutor Ben Beddows along with Glen O’Hagan (Sittingbourne), Rob Sheehan (Nuneaton) and Matthew Roberton (North Shields).

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Cardiff

Events

Thursday 27th July – Festool Power Tool interaction day with Jon Stead
Saturday 5th August – Woodturning Clubs Skills Day – seven regional clubs are in store sharing their skills and competing for prizes. Come along and enjoy this free event!
Saturday 19th August – Woodturning with international demonstrator and Axminster Skill Centre tutor, Jason Breach
Tuesday 22nd August – Bosch Professional power tool demonstrations with Kevin Anderson
Saturday 26th-Monday 28th August – Weekend Woodcarving with the British Woodcarvers Association

Products

Although we’re well-known for our woodworking tools and machinery, we also stock a wide range of Axminster engineering machines for metal working trades and hobbyists. We’re also very proud to sponsor the Cardiff Racing team (part of Cardiff University) who make use of our Axminster CNC Technology iKX3 mill to manufacture components for the car. News just in: the team has won the overall Formula Student Championship title at Silverstone!

Axminster Engineer Series machinery

People

Our favourite people are our customers and to make sure you have the best possible store experience, we’ve just introduced our new coffee bar so we’re able to offer a great cup of quality coffee on your next visit. Tea is also available!

New coffee bar

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High Wycombe

Events

Saturday 29th July – New UJK Technology Compact Palm Router Table demonstration
Saturday 5th August – Join our specialist Talhah Rasool as he demonstrates the delicate craft of pen turning
Saturday 19th August – Our Deputy Store Manager Paula Webb shows just how to renovate a hardwood floor with a variety of finishes available in store
Saturday 26th August – Sales Advisor Chris Kirk provides an introduction to pyrography using the Antex Fire Writer pyrography kit and accessories

Products

Our new-look Live Workshop is attracting a great deal of interest – come along and get hands-on with tools and machines that you’ve never had the chance to try before!

People

Chris Kirk has just completed the Engineering 2 course at our Skill Centre in Axminster and he’s look forward to introducing you to our range of Engineering lathes and mills.

L-R: Chris Kirk, David Kenwrick (Cardiff store), Paul Otter (Deputy Manager, Warrington store) and Engineering Tutor Bob Rolph
L-R: Chris Kirk, David Kenwrick (Cardiff store), Paul Otter (Deputy Manager, Warrington store) and Engineering Tutor Bob Rolph

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North Shields

Events

Friday 28th July – Join us for our first ‘Woodworking Friday’ session of the summer holidays – Pot Plants – aimed at ages 5-13, accompanied by parents or guardians
Friday 4th August – Woodworking Friday Insect Houses
Saturday 5th August – Join us for the North Shields Woodworking Show featuring 10 demonstrations in store, including professional woodturner David Muckle and the Kibblesworth Woodcarving Club
Friday 11th August – Woodturning Friday, Bird Houses
Friday 18th August – Woodturning Friday, Mini Planters
Friday 18th-Saturday 19th August – Festool power tools with Trevor Wilkinson
Friday 25th August – Woodworking Friday, Name Plaques

Products

One of new team members, Dean Maddison, is settling in well and has been putting his joinery skills to the test with our Axminster Rider planes which offer affordable precision for DIY and Trade alike. Please come in and ‘Try Rider’ yourself!

Try Axminster Rider planes with Dean Maddison

People

Enterprising and inventive Sales Advisor Nathan Blythe was asked at a recent Turning Tuesday if he could make a mobile phone speaker on a lathe. Always up for a challenge, Nathan has used an old bowling ball and traditional woods to make some imaginative turned speakers. Pop in and chat to Nathan to find out just how it’s done!

Nathan Blythe made a mobile phone speaker on a lathe

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Nuneaton

Events

Saturday 12th August – We welcome one of the best-liked personalities of professional woodturning in the UK, Andrew Hall, aka ‘The Hat Man’ – specialising in wooden hats and Corinthian helmets. Don’t miss this free event and a chance to see a highly entertaining and talented woodturner.

Products

Nuneaton store had a range of woodturning machines, tools and accessories on display at the annual UKIWS (UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium) held in Coventry in July. We made many new friends within the national woodturning community and look forward to returning again next year.

Axminster products on display at the UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium

People

We recently welcomed Laura Danby to the Nuneaton team. Laura has a sales background and is keen to learn about our products and develop her skills. Laura is particularly interested in pen turning so look out for demonstrations from her later this year.

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Sittingbourne

Events

Saturday 29th July – Join us for this free event as specialist Jason Bainbridge shows how to produce dramatic carving effects quickly with Arbortech power carving tools and accessories
Saturday 19th August – Jason demonstrates the rapid stock removal potential of carbide Saburr Tooth discs and burrs as used in various power carving projects
We still have several vacancies for Skill Centre courses in August – including Beginner’s Woodturning and Wood Machining – please see our website to make your booking

Products

We have a great clearance offer at the moment on the Jet 4224B Heavy Duty Wood Turning lathe. Normally £5,059.96 – now £3,999.96

People

Sales Advisor Lee Kitney completed a hand tools course in July and will be looking to share his skills at our interactive workstation in store. Our Tormek sharpening expert, Deputy Manager Hollie Wise, is looking forward to a trip to Tormek in Sweden soon to hone her knowledge to perfection! Make sure to keep all your sharpening questions for Hollie.

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Warrington

Events

Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th July – Look out for our big 9m x 9m stand at the Woodfest Country Fair which promises to be a fantastic show. We’ll have plenty of tools on demo and display so please make sure you come along and chat to the team.
Tuesday 15th August – Bosch demonstrator Adam Scott-Gobin will be here to demonstrate their Professional range – come along and get hands-on.
Saturday 19th August – International demonstrator, Phil Irons is in store demonstrating the latest specialist woodturning tools from Woodcut. His main focus will be on the Woodcut Bowlsaver MAX3 and will also be using the Tru-Grind sharpening jigs and Pro-Forme hollowing tools.

Products

Our new routing display will be completed shortly and will provide a much clearer guide to routing, with more product and better information. Come along to the store and see for yourself.

People

We welcome our new recruit to the Sales Team, Kate Abbot and wish her every success in her role as Sales Advisor. Our Deputy Manager Paul Otter has completed his Engineering 2 course at the Skill Centre.

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