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Open House at Axminster HQ – Friday 21st September (10am-3pm)

Enjoy a unique day out and experience what makes us tick

  • Over 40 demonstrations so far and more being added
  • Special displays by highly acclaimed cabinet maker Robert Ingham and YouTube experts Peter Parfitt and Matt Estlea
  • Behind the scenes tours
  • New products
  • Clearance sale …and more!
Axminster Open House

Admission is strictly by ticket only – click on the links to either reserve your place on the Open House or Open House With Guided Tour – places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!

Thursday 6th – Joiners, door makers and boat builders this demonstration is for you! We will be taking a close look at the new Axminster Trade Machines including the Bandsaw HW615E, Spindle Moulder 303ES and Table saw. We’ll be discussing what the benefits are for your business and how an upgrade can help make you more productive and profitable.

New Axminster Trade machines

Saturday 22nd – The bandsaw is often described as the most useful machine in the workshop. Using our Trade SBW4300 Bandsaw Matt Estlea will explain, in a practical demonstration, the setup and maintenance of this most versatile of machines.

Monday 24thIn support of Basingstoke Green Week, we start with a demonstration on how timber destined for the bonfire (from logs to old pallets) can be turned into beautiful boards. Which will then be used for the projects we have planned for the rest of the week. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworker or just starting out why not come in, anytime between 10:00-14:00 and find out how to get the best out of “scrap” wood, no matter the scale.

Saturday 29th – As we head into Autumn our thoughts may already start turning towards Christmas and how we could personalise our Christmas gifts and decorations. To inspire you to make a start on a new hobby and all the creative rewards this brings, why not try your hand at woodcarving? Our in-store experts will demonstrate the tools and techniques needed to begin carving and on the day we’ll be offering great discounts on some of our most popular Flexcut carving sets – a brand favoured by novice and experienced carvers around the world.

Don’t miss this chance to start a rewarding journey into woodcarving – and into many new creative ideas for Christmas. See you there!

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Manager’s message

We have really enjoyed meeting so many budding young woodworkers through our Beat The Boredom programme in-store. Very well done to team member Mayzie Collins, who hosted all of the events and received excellent feedback from all attendees, including a hug from a very happy young woodworker! With the school holidays coming to an end those of you that were the ‘accompanying adults’ could be about to have a lot more free time on your hands- sounds like a good time to take up a new hobby of your own!? If any of the projects inspired you please ask in-store and we will be happy to put on some free taster sessions just for you!

Some of the Busy Bees who came to store to make a home for their garden bugs…

Great to meet so many of you at the Miniature Steam Gala, we look forward to seeing you in-store soon!
Great to meet so many of you at the Miniature Steam Gala, we look forward to seeing you in-store soon!

Simon Jones, Store Manager

Creative Corner

With September comes the official start of Autumn (23rd), we’re a little downcast about losing the warm evenings but not for long as here at HQ in Devon one of our favourite pastimes begins – the cider harvest! (Well you have to fill your downtime doing something, right?) But it’s not all about replenishing our liquid stock, we are ever conscious of our environmental impact and helping to restock trees in our local area seems a great place to start. The Tree Council charity are running a seed gathering harvest from the 23rd September with the aim of inspiring communities to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future.

“Growing trees from local seed can have great benefits in restocking areas with trees of local provenance. The concept of local provenance suggests that trees that are adapted to the local circumstances and so are likely to flourish and help restore, conserve and beautify local urban and rural spaces.”

The Tree Council 

Collecting seeds and growing trees is also a great way to get children involved and start growing the next generation of tree enthusiasts. If you’re interested in getting involved, you can find events on the Near You map.

Our stock of FSC timber
Looking for sustainable locally sourced wood? Ask in-store about our stock of FSC timber
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Do you know… Axminster’s Formula?

For the past two years, Axminster has given support to Cardiff Racing (part of Cardiff University) lending the team an iKX3 CNC milling machine. Earlier this year, Axminster began to give support to Newcastle Racing which is part of Newcastle University. The team now have full use of a KC6S lathe and KX3S mill. Both teams built new cars for the Formula Student Silverstone event held on the 11-15th July. To find out how they got on read the full article here:


The Axminster iKX3 mill again this year has been a lifesaver. It’s been manufacturing parts all year, the only limiting factor being the physical size of the machining area. Some of the larger parts I had to make on the bigger machines. I would say the iKX3 has made over 60% of the machine parts on the car using a solid cam machining software

Lee Treherne (Cardiff University automotive engineer)


Quote of the Month

“The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it.” – Robert Swan, Author

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