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Event Details:

Date: Saturday 11th May 2019 10:00am - Sunday 12th May 2019 4:30pm
Venue: National Exhibition Centre (NEC) - Hall 2
Address: North Avenue
B40 1NT
Stall Number: Axminster: C31, C33-C38; Woodcut: C32

For the second year running, Makers Central will be taking place at the NEC and Axminster will be there too.
Once again, the show will be all about making and ‘uniting creativity’ with a host of YouTube stars to enthral the crowd. The brainchild of businessman Nick Zammeti (NZ Woodturning), Makers Central will bring together makers from a whole raft of disciplines.

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Therefore, you will find woodturners, carvers, furniture makers, metalworkers, artists, designers and inventors. All will be eager to show what they can do and make. Many of these international demonstrators have their own YouTube channel and will be performing in the YouTube Makers Zone.
Jason Breach

Have a go and get making

Similar to last year, visitors will be able to see some of Axminster’s most highly skilled craftsmen and demonstrators. All of whom will be encouraging you to have a go. Ben Beddows will be looking after scroll sawing and Chris Kirk supervising pyrography; both of these activities are ideal for visitors to try their hands at. Next, we have Jason Breach and Craig Steele on routing, offering guidance with hands-on dovetailing, making small boxes and freehand routing nameplates. Naturally, the Axminster stand would not be complete without some woodturning and here we will have Colwin Way turning spinning tops.


Our guest woodturner

Also, we would like to extend a warm welcome to our guest woodturner Chris Fisher (aka the Blind Woodturner) who will be turning his bowls and platters; wife Nicola and guide dog Bamber will accompany Chris, and we welcome them as well.
 Chris Fisher (aka the Blind Woodturner)
Finally, make sure you catch up with well-known woodturner Phil Irons, on adjoining stand C32, going back to his Aussie roots using Woodcut tools.
Phil Irons

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The prize draw

To finish on a high, we will be organising a prize draw and offering two fantastic prizes, one on each day. You can win a place on any two-day course of your choice in either the Skill Centre at Axminster or Sittingbourne. We’ll also include one night’s accommodation for the night between the two days.

So, just pop along to our stand to find out more. We’re sandwiched between the Creation Station and the Great British Make Off.

For more information about Makers Central and an extraordinary two days of making, visit the show’s website.

And here we take a look back at 2018…

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