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Axminster Store

Opening hours over May Bank Holiday

Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Closed
Monday 28th May Closed
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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Saturday 26th May – Don’t forget to come into the store this Saturday for the third of our ‘Back to Basics’ series. Please feel free to drop into this demonstration at any time between 10am – 4pm – we’ll be serving up bite-size info on Chisels throughout the day!

Saturday 2nd June – Join us in supporting the Cherry Fayre with these free community workshops. We will be creating a string of wooden bunting that will be displayed at this year’s fayre. Get hands-on in the creation and decoration of the wooden shapes, using a scroll saw and pyrography pen. We are running two sessions on the day from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-16:00. Limited places are available so please book your place.

Saturday 16th June – We are looking forward to a particularly lively and dynamic day with three events running between 10am-4pm.

  • There is a Multi-Tool Challenge in store! Jack Price will be looking at multi-tools from Fein, DeWalt, Makita and Bosch. Come and try them all and then tell us which of these tools you would choose.
  • Special clearance day, we’re having a thorough spring clean, so come and find a deal or two from the clearance chest!
  • Throughout June, our stores focus on designing and making a range of small, handy items which would make ideal gifts for Father’s Day – or any other time of the year. Our ideas and templates will appeal to novice woodworkers with an eye for creative, personalised gifts. We’ll be ready to help you any time during the month with a national FREE gift-making demonstration on this Saturday.
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Manager’s message

New in-store this month and exclusive to Axminster is the highly collectable tools by Bridge City Tool Works. If you’re not excited to hear this then you just haven’t seen them, the quality really is contagious!

A tool should be as compelling when not in use as it is when serving its intended purpose

John Economaki, founder of Bridge City Tool Works

We also have several new products available for you to try before you buy including, the Axcaliber Mitre Trimmer and the Axcaliber Cut Pro blade which has been fitted to our TS55R Saw.

Over this bank holiday weekend, I am building a garden chair, not because I really need one but our new stock of live edged timber is truly inspiring. Come and get your piece before they’re all snapped up!

Matt Youngs, Store Manager 

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Creative Corner

With the garden now creeping in as a priority for many, woodworking projects become more inspired by the natural habitat that surrounds us. It will be no surprise that the environment is a deep-rooted passion of Axminster’s. This month we are celebrating bugs, some of you may reel at the prospect of coming across a creepy crawly but they are integral for your gardens. Your outdoor space, no matter how big or small, is an ecosystem, another jigsaw piece in the landscape puzzle. Insects are vital as pollinators, predators of pests, food source to birds but also play a critical role in recycling and eliminating waste materials, which aid in keeping soils healthy.

To help you nurture these beneficial creatures we have put together a step by step guide on how to make a Bug Hotel. The hotel offers free lodgings to all your garden’s personnel and in return, you will have a diligent workforce of pest guards and pollinators.

June Bug created by Ben Beddows
June Bug created by Ben Beddows, our Skill Centre tutor, using the Antex Fire Writer

The good news is it costs nothing to make a bug hotel, your guests are not particularly fussy so your projects can be as elaborate or simple as you like. We have recycled a pallet for the walls of the hotel and then used wood shavings and remnants found on the garden floor for the ‘beds’. Plus making a Bug Hotel for the garden is a perfect way to get children interested in woodworking and nature, and can be made by children (under constant adult supervision) – what better way to come together around Father’s Day!

Click here to view the step by step guide on how to build a Bug Hotel.

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Did you know…

Axminster Tools & Machinery is now working with and supporting the Sylva Foundation based in Oxfordshire. The Sylva Wood Centre is a hub for small businesses and craftspeople who design, innovate or make in wood and related crafts. The centre provides a dedicated space and equipment and has an inspiring community of woodworking professionals. In addition to business units for established businesses, the Foundation provides facilities to support business incubation.

One of these incubation areas is assigned to Rycotewood Furniture Centre. As a result, each year the college supports one graduate to launch their career. This year the Rycotewood crafts-person-in-residence is Matt Estlea who works part-time in the Axminster Basingstoke store.

Among the Foundation’s initiatives is the ‘Future Forest Friends’ scheme. The scheme comprises several hundred plots planted with tree species that that will hopefully thrive despite climate change, pests and diseases. These plots are available for sponsorship, Axminster has sponsored two, but there are still some left!

Matt Estlea
Matt Estlea - The Rycotewood crafts-person-in-residence

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