Free Children’s project days What's OnWhat's On section icon

North Shields Store


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!

Wednesday 5th – Using the Axminster EX-21 scroll saw our in-store expert, Ruby, who will demonstrate how to make 3D shapes. She will be using a variety of different blades and be showcasing the full capabilities of the machine. So if you have any questions or are looking for inspiration then come along to this demo anytime between 11-15:00.

Friday 7th – Saturday 8th – Festool rep Trevor Wilkinson will be in-store, from 10-16:00 on both days, showcasing the latest range of power tools from this first-class manufacturer. Trevor will be demonstrating as well as answering any questions you have regarding the range and/or accessories.

Saturday 8th – Our in-store demonstrator Matty will be demonstrating the various features and benefits of UJK Technology Dovetail Jig, The Jig can be used to cut half blind dovetails (for drawer construction), precise comb or finger joints (in up to 28mm thick material) and can cut through dovetails (in material up to 19mm). Anytime from 10-16:00 you can come and experience how simple this jig is to use whilst still producing professional looking joints every time.

Wednesday 12th – Join us in-store between 11-16:00, where we will be taking you through our very own Axminster Rider range of hand tools. Our in-store demonstrator Dean, who has a vast amount of joinery experience, will run through the range we have available and let you get hands-on, so you can not only see but feel and appreciate the quality of these tools.

Saturday 15th – Our store demonstrator Nathan Blythe will be demonstrating the fantastic range of Japanese hand tools we have on display in-store. From saws to rasps, these cleverly designed tools will make a great addition to any workshop, giving you accuracy and versatility. Nathan will encourage customers to get hands-on as well as offering advice and answering any questions – so come along anytime between 11-16:00 and experience the quality for yourself!

Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd – We will be at the Festival of Thrift in Redcar, offering advice on upcycling as well as demonstrating our pyrography and carving range. We will have a number of books for sale on pallet wood projects, so come along and let us recycle our knowledge onto you!

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!

What's OnWhat's On section icon

Manager’s message

We have really enjoyed meeting so many budding young woodworkers via our Beat The Boredom programme, this summer. The team have really enjoyed showing the children new skills and hope to see some of them back again with more masterpieces. 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 have supported the BBC Big Build this month donating 500 dust masks provided by JSP. It was fantastic being part of a close community for a very worthwhile cause. A big well done to all local tradespersons and suppliers of the project for delivering a life-changing home for the family.

BBC The Big Build
An exciting and proud moment – DIY SOS airing later this year

Mark Bloomfield, 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
What's OnWhat's On section icon

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

Leave a Reply


Privacy Policy & Cookies

We use cookies to improve and personalise our services, for marketing and for social activity. Please see our privacy policy for more information on how and why we use your data. You can change your cookie settings at any time. By continuing, you agree to our use of cookies.