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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!

Friday 7thIntroducing the unique four-sided planer and moulders by Logosol. The complete compact machines allow you to achieve superb, finished products in just one swift operation! Come along to store where Stephan Parker will show you how these machines, designed for professional production, will benefit you and your business.

Saturday 15th – Sunday 16th – We have a fantastic weekend planned for those interested in carving – the British Woodcarvers Association will be in our Cardiff store on both Saturday and Sunday from 10:00-16:00. They will cover all aspects of woodcarving and demonstrate techniques suitable for all levels of carver, from the beginner to the professional.

Saturday 15th – Will be overflowing with inspiration and diversity as we have two more free events running between 10am-4pm.

  • Internationally recognised woodturner and Axminster Skill Centre tutor, Colwin Way, will be in store demonstrating a variety of turning, chucking and sharpening methods. His schedule will include the ‘Taming of the Skew’ looking at the safe use of skew chisels and the benefits of wet (green) wood bowl versus dry woodturning. Come along and enjoy Colwin’s informative and entertaining demonstration.
  • Our in-store specialist Daniel will be demonstrating the extensive range of Proxxon, who offer tools for the model maker, woodworker, metalworker, jeweller, optician, cabinetmaker, schools and craft specialists alike. Proxxon miniature tools are tailor-made to make intricate jobs easier and more precise. Come into store and get the big picture on these miniature machines.

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 via our Beat The Boredom programme, this summer. 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!

We had a rising youtube star in our store this week, Sophie Lewis, owner of Make It Soph who came along to the store ‘just for a browse’ but left with our donation towards her new venture. To see Sophie in action check her out her channel on youtube.

Lee Parfit, 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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