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Project Days For Budding Woodworkers
Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Every Wednesday in August children* can learn how to make a fun useful item using a few simple tools and some pre-cut wooden components – all free of charge!**
*Open to children aged 8 to 17 years old but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times while on store premises.
**Spaces are strictly limited, please register through Eventbrite as soon as possible to avoid disappointment and speak to your nearest store for more details.
Wednesday 1st – The first in our Beat the Boredom series will be Freestyle Pyrography and Carving. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you get to release your creativity and have a go yourself. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and make your mark!
Wednesday 8th – The second in our Beat the Boredom series will be Wooden Animal Puzzles. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then using the scroll saw you will create your own simple, fun puzzles. Your creations are yours to take home, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and piece together a new hobby!
Wednesday 15th – The third in our Beat the Boredom series will be Garden Planters. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you’ll make your own simple planter for seedlings. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and sow the seed of a new hobby!
Wednesday 22nd – The fourth in our Beat the Boredom series is on Bee Homes and Insect Houses. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then using pre-cut components you’ll build your own bee and bug house. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and create a buzz in your kids and the garden this summer!
Wednesday 29th – The fifth in our Beat the Boredom series will be how to make a phone holder. The session will start with an overview of the craft and will include instructions on how to use the tools safely, then you make your own stylish home for your smartphone. Your creations are yours to keep, so come along, at 10am-12 noon or 1pm-3pm, and have a go!
The BIG Machinery Sale is here! Great savings across Axminster machines and other leading brands. Whether you’re a craftsmen or tradesmen, we have a well built, innovative machine waiting for you. Come and have a FREE coffee on us, view all the machines on sale and have all your questions answered by one of our friendly, store experts.
Put your trust in Axminster with our FREE three year guarantee on Axminster machines plus buy now pay later with our flexible and affordable payment options. Hurry while stocks last!
Friday 3rd – Polyvine rep, Ryan, will be holding a finishes workshop in-store, allowing you to see first hand why this company is renowned for quality and innovation. Ryan will have samples available including the new addition to the range – Glitter Varnish. Add some sparkle to your day any time between 10:30-14:30.
Sunday 5th – Robert and Phil from the Surrey Association of Woodturners will be in store demonstrating on the Axminster Trade Series AT2030VS lathe. They will be making candlesticks and big bowls as well as offering advice and tips for woodturners of all standards.
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th – We will be at the South Downs Show near Petersfield enjoying the arena acts, numerous shows and displays as well as showcasing our versatile range of tools and machinery.
Saturday 18th – Sunday 19th – We will be at the Miniature Steam Gala at the Viables Craft Centre. We look forward to meeting all you steam enthusiasts and showing you our range of model engineering machines.
Friday 24th – Saturday 25th A few good machines immediately increase the capacity and creative potential of your workshop. Our NEW Axminster Trade machines now have additional specifications and features that allow for even greater performance and convenience. Come along to store and take a closer look at our national Axminster Trade machine demonstrations on Friday 24th from 2pm to closing time and Saturday 25th from 10am-4pm.
Matt Estlea has now completed his tool chest project and it certainly filled our Fridays with interesting conversations as a result! The finished piece is simply stunning – it will be on display in-store and Matt will be around most weekends to answer any questions on the project.
Keep an eye out for Matt’s next project starting in August – details to be confirmed on our Facebook page @axminsterbasingstoke
Best shop around! Staff have very good knowledge and I want to give more than 5 stars to Basingstoke branch, who helped me a lot with my order today plus last week with my other order. And they are open on Sunday’s, which is very handy!!! Thank you very much!
If you ask a child what they want to be it’s likely their future dream will be based on something they love now – even if that does happen to be an ice cream sundae! The sports, activities or things we were naturally good at as a child will have influenced what career path we followed or what hobbies we enjoy now. For most of us, our passion for working with wood started in our childhood and we are likely to hold fond memories of that special person that introduced us to it. This summer why not share a legacy with your (grand)child, either in your workshop or in-store at one of our free children’s project days (see listings above). I for one am particularly glad my grandfather took the time to introduce me to whittling as there’s not much longevity in being an ice cream!
Watch our video to see how to make these fun flowers with Colwin Way signature skew chisels by Crown Cryo
New in store!
August is not all about inspiring the kids, we’ve got something for you too – we’ll be introducing the power and precision of our NEW Axminster Trade rated machines. Come to store and experience the quality of these new additions (see demonstration details above).
Did you know… we’re investing in British manufacturing
Axminster’s manufacturing workshop has recently taken delivery of a new quarter of a million pound CNC machine from Star Micronics. The new lathe is the second Star machine Axminster has purchased to enhance its innovation and manufacturing capability.
Specialising in high precision small round components, the Star lathe works at a very high speed, producing hundreds of items each day that require no further finishing. With the Star machine the process of making Parf Super dogs, parts for woodturning centres, spacers, pins and guides for the Parf guide system and pen turning mandrels will be much, much quicker. Also, high-speed production reduces the cost. What’s more, Axminster engineers can programme the machine to select the correct cutter depending on what it is making, and it can cut a superior type of stainless steel. All of these factors have a knock-on benefit to the customer and end user in terms of quality and cost.
This is a quarter of a million pound machine we are adding to the machine shop, expanding our manufacturing capacity as we believe in manufacturing in Britain. Being a world-class manufacturer in today’s competitive world really does require huge investment, this being the second Star machine we have purchased in 18 months.
Quote of the Month
“He plants trees to benefit another generation” – Caecilius Statius