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Basingstoke Store

Opening hours over May Bank Holiday

Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Open as normal
Monday 28th May 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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Events

Saturday 26th May – We are looking forward to a particularly lively and dynamic day with two events running between 10am-4pm.

  • 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!
  • Our in-store demonstrator Tom Stokes will be taking you through all the features and benefits of the Axminster Hobby MB1931 Thicknesser. So if you are thinking of purchasing a thicknesser any time soon, or have recently bought one, be sure to come to this demonstration.

Sunday 3rd June  Come and get inspired by Colin and Richard from the Surrey Association of Woodturners who will be in store demonstrating on the Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS lathe and offering advice and tips for woodturners of all standards. They will be focusing on green woodturning with thin walls.

Saturday 16th June  Throughout June, our stores focus on designing and making a range of small, handy items which would make ideal gifts for Father’s Day. Our ideas and templates will appeal to novice woodworkers with an eye for creative, personalised gifts. For example, our store experts will show you how to make a novel Smartphone Holder or a ‘Spec Rest’ – using simple scroll sawing and pyrography techniques. We’ll be ready to help you any time during the month with a national FREE gift-making demonstration on this Saturday between 10-4pm.

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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’ve had a bit of a spring tidy in-store this month, the grinding, polishing, clamps and measuring sections are now better organised so finding your favourite products will be much easier. If you’re looking to tidy your own workshop then hurry to the store to pick up our ex-display Axminster Pro 2 Cupboard, usually £346.63 now only £210!

Simon Jones, 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

Quote of the Month

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