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With so many brilliant entrants, choosing a winner and runner up for this year’s Valentine’s Competition has been a tough decision. We apologise for the delay in announcing the lucky winners but it’s taken us this long to decide!

Without further ado, we’re delighted to announce the winner and runner up of our recent competition showing a project you’ve completed using the tools you love. With so many fantastic entries we’ve collated together some of those that came very close to winning too.

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The Competition

Here at Axminster we love to see people using the tools they love for projects large and small. It’s always great to see what our customers have been up to, sharing their projects with us be it at home, in the workshop or garage. At the beginning of February, when Valentine’s Day was just around the corner in the not so distant future, we announced a Valentine’s competition and asked you to get involved.

We asked you to upload a picture of a project or job that you’re proud of to one of our social media platforms.  Whether you’d built your own garden shed, created something beautiful for your home or garden or got hands on in your workshop, we wanted to see what you’ve been up to. You could have used power tools, hand tools, machinery, or a combination of them all. It didn’t matter what tools you used as long as they helped with your project, and you love them!

For those uploading to Twitter or Instagram we asked that you used the hashtag #AxminsterValentine and the tag @axminstertools. Contestants who uploaded a photo via the Facebook app or from a user’s desktop or mobile device were asked to use the tag @axminstertoolcentre. It was also possible to upload a photograph via The Community Forum under the Valentine’s Competition 2018 post using the #AxminsterValentine hashtag.

All entries were reviewed by a team of judges including our Skill Centre tutors who looked for an interesting project where you’ve used the tools you love. To say we have been impressed with the variety of projects and level of skill involved would be an understatement. With over 30 entrants, we’ve been overwhelmed with the response. But, with so many things in life, there can only be one overall winner (and one runner up in this instance!)

Some of our favourites

Before we announce the lucky winners, we thought we would take a look at a selection of our favourites entries. Each scored extremely highly and came so close to scooping the Gift Card prizes.

The winner is…

Wooditorknot, for their two linked hearts carved from a piece of Sapele. Using precious inherited old hand tools and new ones, this piece is unique and very fitting for Valentine’s. It also shows a number of skills, and was very popular amongst our panel of judges. We would like to congratulate Wooditorknot on their efforts, this really is a beautiful woodworking piece. A £75 Axminster Gift Card is on its way to you.

The runner up is…

Martin Beevers who wins a £25 Axminster Gift Card. Our panel of judges all agree that you’ve done a wonderful job here – you should be very proud of your achievements.

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Moving forwards…

From everyone here at Axminster we just want to say a huge thank you to everyone who participated in this competition. As always, be sure to share your recent projects and creations on any of our social media platforms or via our Community Forum website. Don’t forget to use the @axminstertools tag on any post so we can see your wonderful projects in all of their glory!

Enter our Make It In March Competition for a chance to win the ultimate tool bundle!

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