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|
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!
Friday 8th June – Get hands-on at this Bosch demonstration, hosted by a Bosch representative, to appreciate the quality and accuracy of Bosch products and find out why they are so highly recommended for the serious woodworker. A free event on between 10-4pm.
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.
Thursday 21st June – Join us at the store where our local Festool representative Chad Grainger will be demonstrating from his van Festool’s new product range. This hands-on experience will show you how these highly recommended tools can make your daily work better and easier. A free event on between 9-2pm.
Jade has now started her maternity leave and in-store we await, with great anticipation, to hear of the arrival of her baby! The rest of the team are still here so it will still be the same great service in-store and we have lots planned for the coming months.
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
We thoroughly enjoyed the Daventry woodturning show, ran by the Tudor Rose Woodturners. We lent them our 1628 lathe and it was amazing to see how it was handled by a variety of professionals and the difference in work that was produced. We also look forward to meeting the lucky raffle winner who is the recipient of the chuck starter set we donated.
We’ve been continuing our support of the Friends of Brandon Woods Charity, in their efforts to rebuild a Victorian-era Forestry Wagon. Andy and Mike are leading the project and we were excited to have been able to offer tools and advice where needed, to help rebuild the first oak hub.
Tristan Ainsworth, Deputy Manager
(From left) Andy Kirby, Tristan Ainsworth, Rob Sheehan and Mike Cannon
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.
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!
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!
Quote of the Month
“I own too many clamps”, said no woodworker ever…