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!
Saturday 2nd June – Local woodturning craftsman, artist and tutor Paul Jones will be in the store showing you how to enhance the natural qualities of wood. Either simply, through line and form or by creating sculptural, textural and colour contrasts between the decoration and the wood. This free demonstration will cover a range of techniques to suit beginners as well as the more experienced turners.
Saturday 9th June – Come in the store and see in-store specialist, Kate, demonstrating how quick, accurate and easy the DF500 and DF700 are to use and you can have a go yourself! Pop in anytime between 10:00-16:00.
Saturday 16th June – We are looking forward to a particularly lively and dynamic day with two events running between 10am-4pm
- Our in-store expert Paul Otter will be demonstrating the various features and benefits of the UJK Technology Dovetail Jig. Come to store and experience how simple this jig is to use whilst still producing professional looking joints every time.
- 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 but a dedicated gift-making demonstration will be held on this Saturday.
Saturday 23rd June – Using the Axminster EX-21 scroll saw our in-store expert, Dave Jones, will demonstrate how to create beautiful artwork and 3D designs and advise on the best blade selection for the job. You will also have the opportunity to get hands-on so you can see for yourself why this is one of the best machines on the market.
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
I am very excited to announce – and not just because I can now shamelessly dedicate my weekends to sports – that we are sponsoring two local clubs, Warrington Town FC and the team at Appleton Cricket Club.
We have also formed another exciting partnership this month with the Blind Woodturner, a very popular guest demonstrator of the store. We will be working very closely with Chris and look forward to sharing our plans with you over the coming months.
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…