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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!

Saturday 8th – Sunday 9th – Join us for this special celebration of wood and trees at Belmont Woodfest & Country Fair. There will be lots of exciting woodland demonstrations taking place over the weekend including chainsaw carving, pole lathe turning, willow weaving, bushcraft and much more. When we’re not enjoying the shows we’ll be showcasing our extensive range of quality, value for money tools including Arbortech, Japanese Tools, Microplanes and the UJK Technology Parf Guide system – pop by and say hi!

Saturday 15th – Join us in-store as we welcome Richard Findley who will be wowing us with his woodturning skills. Richard is a production turner based in Leicestershire. His background is in woodworking, coming from a long line of professional woodworkers. He enjoys variety in his work, undertaking commissions for one-off prototypes through to large production runs, turning for furniture makers, restorers, architects, designers and joiners. This is a fantastic opportunity to see a master of his craft in action – Free admission between 10-16:00.

Saturday 22nd – Come along, between 10-15:00 and see our in-store expert, Colin, demonstrating the versatile UJK Technology parf guide system to create a precise track saw cutting station. Having a customised worktop gives you so many options and Colin will show you how to create portable cutting boards in less than 30 minutes!

Friday 28th – Sunday 30th – We will be attending the Bentley Wood Fair, Nr Halland  where we’ll be showcasing our Arbortech range, Japanese Tools, Microplanes and the UJK Technology Parf Guide system – look forward to seeing you there!

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!

Andrew Hall had another fantastic turnout – ask in store if you would like to attend the next course.

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Great Google review for Sittingbourne Store

David Johns, 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 is 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

Harvestes...Replenished...Project Prep

Cutting and machining of wood are major parts of the preparation – learn all you need to know about set up, safe use of machinery and benefit from the knowledge of our skill centre tutors for only £125 (inc. VAT, materials & tools required and a light lunch).

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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)


Whatever your favourite harvest pastime is we guarantee it will be better on top of a table turned by your hand – Make A Side Table is a course available for beginners from our Skill Centre at Axminster or Sittingbourne.

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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