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Axminster

Events

Saturday 27th – Axminster is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration with all of our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

The TSO GRS16-PE Track Saw Square is now in stock – come along to discover just how it delivers square cuts with a variety of branded saw tracks.

TSO Track Saw Square
New member of the team Alistair Trueman with the recently introduced TSO GRS16-PE

People

We recently installed our sign at Sidmouth RFC and it’s providing great exposure opposite the clubhouse. The committee has been most supportive and we look forward to developing our partnership with the club in the year ahead.

Axminster sign at Sidmouth RFC

We welcome Alistair Trueman to our staff – as a highly experienced painter/decorator, we’re sure Alistair will help the team provide even more practical advice and guidance to our customers.

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Basingstoke

Events

Our customers enjoyed a highly entertaining and informative day with professional Hampshire woodturner Martin Sabin-Smith who was in store on 16th December. We look forward to having Martin back later in the new year.

Martin Saban-Smith

Woodturner Anna-Marie Bennett of the Surrey Association of Woodturners will be in store every Friday through January providing free demonstrations from 9.30am – 3pm. Anna-Marie specialises in detailed jewellery and is an expert in working in miniature.

Woodturner Anna-Marie Bennett of the Surrey Association of Woodturners

Saturday 27th – Basingstoke is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

We have just set up our first dedicated UJK Technology Pocket Hole Jig work station. Come along to store and discover how easy it is to make strong, accurate joints with these ingenious products – whether you’re a novice or experienced woodworker.

UJK Technology Pocket Hole Jig work station

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To inspire seasonal creativity from our customers, the Basingstoke team have been testing their woodturning skills to produce the best Christmas tree with some great results achieved so far!

Turned Christmas tree

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Cardiff

Events

Saturday 6th – Tormek sharpening systems with David Kenwrick. If your knives are a little blunt after carving all that turkey, come along and find out how to get that keen edge back.

Saturday 27th – Cardiff is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Our Carving Club continues to grow – please come along and join these free ‘hands-on’ carving sessions every Thursday between 4.30-7pm.

Cardiff carving club

Products

Good news for our woodturning customers is that we now have a good selection of blanks in stock – along with a range of seasoned timbers for all your New Year projects.

Woodturning blanks

People

We continue to work closely with the Spice organisation, providing Time Credit events for those working to support the community. Most recently, we hosted a Sign Making taster workshop, demonstrating pyrography and have scheduled a basic hand tools course and ‘How to make a Love Spoon’ just before Valentine’s Day.

Sign Making taster workshop

Our banner is now up at the Cottrell Park Golf Club and we welcome all members to come into store and make use of the discount offer we have agreed with current members.

A big Cardiff welcome to new team member Daniel Everett who is settling in well. Like all the team, Daniel is always willing to offer help and this has been appreciated by our customers.

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High Wycombe

Events

Saturday 27th – High Wycombe is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

In the run-up to Christmas, Sales Advisor Talhah Rasool produced a fine set of turned pens to inspire customers looking to start a new hobby – a great effort from Talhah!

Turned pens

People

We’ve recently had a generous donation of turning wood from customer Bob High and this has been welcomed by a number of our regular turners who will compete for a new Evolution woodturning smock early in the new year.

Woodturners with wood blanks

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North Shields

Events

Saturday 27th – Sunday 28th – Woodturning with Andrew Hall aka The Hat Man. Using the Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS lathe, Andrew provides an entertaining demonstration of turning skills as he creates several of his signature pieces.

Saturday 27th – North Shields is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

We have new Dremel and carving work stations set up in store. Please come along and get ‘hands on’ – it might lead to a rewarding new hobby!

People

We are delighted to have concluded a marketing partnership with Tynemouth Golf Club. Axminster North Shields will be a Tee sponsor for the next three years and with the club less than three miles away we look forward to welcoming their members to the store.

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Nuneaton

Events

Saturday 13th – International woodturner Phil Irons is in store demonstrating a range of Woodcut tools including the new Bowlsaver MAX3.
Saturday 27th – In-store specialist Rob Sheehan demonstrates the repeatable sharpening accuracy which can be achieved using the precision Tormek T-8 system.
Saturday 27th – Nuneaton is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

We had a good crowd in for the Emma Cook aka ‘The Tiny Turner’ demonstration in December – we all enjoyed seeing Emma bring her wonderfully original pieces to life at the lathe.

The Tiny Turner

Products

We have a good selection of products on our clearance table at the moment – come along and take a closer look at these great value items.

Great value clearance items

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Sittingbourne

Events

Saturday 13th – Using an Axminster Trade scroll saw, we’ll demonstrate how to make a 3D layered head –  a little unusual and sure to hone your scroll saw technique.

3D layered head

Saturday 27th – Sittingbourne is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. We’ll be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

Along with a great range of woodturning blanks, we have a good selection of timbers now in stock including beech and yew. Come in and choose a length or two for a New Year project.

A good selection of timbers now in stock

People

Our Skill Centre has become a real attraction for local and regional woodworkers. We have a number of vacancies still available for January which include two new courses : the RTJ400 Leigh dovetail jig course on Friday 26th and a Tool Sharpening course on Tuesday 30th. Just visit our Skill Centre website to select and book your course.

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Warrington

Events

Saturday 27th – back by popular demand, Chris Fisher aka The Blind Woodturner returns to store to provide another of his fascinating demonstrations.

Saturday 27th – Warrington is participating in a national ‘Crafts and Hobbies’ demonstration at all our stores, featuring carving and pyrography. Our in-store specialist Shaunie Buckley will be be using Flexcut and Axminster carving knives and ‘burning wood’ with the Antex Fire Writer and various Axminster pyrography stations. Come along, get ‘hands on’ and start the year with a new hobby!

Products

We have a new range of timbers in store including Sycamore, Beech, Oak, Ash, Alder and Rowan. Come along and take a closer look at these keenly priced hardwoods.

People

We supported and attended a charity fundraising social event at the Birchwood Golf Club in December and made many new friends – we look forward to seeing them in store soon. Our new banner is on display at the club and we look forward to a growing partnership with the club in the new year.

Birchwood Golf Club Vice-Captain Alan Simpson (left) with Warrington Store Manager, Phil Lewis
Birchwood Golf Club Vice-Captain Alan Simpson (left) with Warrington Store Manager, Phil Lewis

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