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Opening hours over May Bank Holidays

Saturday 5th May Open as normal
Sunday 6th May Closed
Monday 7th May Closed
Tuesday 8th May Open as normal
Saturday 26th May Open as normal
Sunday 27th May Closed
Monday 28th May Closed
Tuesday 29th May Open as normal
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Saturday 28th April – Don’t forget to come into the store this Saturday for the second of our ‘Back To Basics’ series. Please feel free to drop into this demonstration at any time between 10am – 4pm – we’ll be serving up bite-size Back to Basics info throughout the day!

Saturday 5th May – Our in-store demonstrator and routing expert Shaun Vincent will be demonstrating the new addition to the Leigh family, the Beehive jig. Shaun will show that even though it’s under £100, you’re still getting the exceptional performance expected from Leigh. This demonstration will show you how simple it can be to make boxes, drawers, benches and even beehive supers.

Saturday 5th May – Sunday 6th May – Join us at the Makers Central at the NEC in Birmingham. ‘Uniting Creativity’ is the catchphrase and the show aims to bring together makers from lots of different disciplines. Among those demonstrating and displaying their work will be woodturners, carvers, furniture makers, metalworkers, artists, designers and inventors. Axminster will be sending some of our most highly skilled makers from the Axminster Skill Centre and various stores. Our stand is directly opposite the ‘YouTube Makers Zone‘ so pop along and see us.

Saturday 26th May – In the third of our Back to Basics series, we take a closer look at hand chisels which are amongst the oldest tools in the chest yet are still considered essential to woodworking professionals and hobby enthusiasts alike. Throughout May, our experts will guide you towards crafting those classic joints including dovetails and mortices – and teach you how to sharpen your chisels with repeatable accuracy. Join us in store on the 26th for our national chisels and sharpening demonstration – anytime between 10am and 4pm. See you there!

Rider chisels in use, creating a mortice joint

In April deputy manager Matt attended the Poole Vikings Model show in Poole. There were great displays of military and sci-fi models on show and our Proxxon range of modelling machines and tools proved to be very popular. We were lucky to have The Exeter Woodcarvers join us for two days in April, both days were thoroughly enjoyable and offered a fantastic introduction to hand carving.

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Manager’s message

The May bank holidays will soon be here and if you’re planning to tackle those nagging DIY projects we have the tools to help and have even set up a new Dremel test area, so you can try before you buy!
For some of you, the long weekends will inspire creativity, much like our deputy Matt who is planning to create a den, for his son, out of reclaimed wood. Those of you who have always wanted a beehive in your garden, we have a demonstration to introduce the newly stocked Leigh Beehive Jig (see above for details). Come and try out the new Lie-Nielsen violin makers plane No.101, or speak to Ali if you want to get into scroll sawing, as he has recently come back from an enhanced training course.

Personally, I have had a busy Easter break preparing my outdoor furniture for the summer, so I will be spending the first bank holiday relaxing in the sun (one can dream!)

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Did you know…

We’ve been supporting The Furniture Makers’ Company for many years. Axminster’s Managing Director Alan Styles has recently been made a liveryman, moving up from the position of corporate liveryman, which he became in 2013. Alongside Alan, Axminster’s Sales Director Darran McLeod was also admitted to the Furniture Makers’ Company as a corporate liveryman.

Furniture Makers' Company
Far left: Darran McLeod, second right: Alan Styles

“I feel honoured to have been made a liveryman of The Furniture Makers’ Company. The Company carries out invaluable work in education, supporting and promoting promising young furniture makers. Its other charitable work includes lending a helping hand to those in need who have worked in the furniture industry, in the form of grants, services and time. We at Axminster are pleased to be able to work with and support such a highly regarded organisation” – Alan Styles

Quote of the Month

“Don’t learn safety by accident… remember your PPE”

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