Friday 1st – DeWalt demonstrator Matt Ryan is in store to offer guidance on a wide range of DeWalt cordless power tools, including the new 54V Flexvolt tools.
Saturday 30th – International woodturner Phil Irons demonstrates a range of innovative Woodcut tools including the Bowlsaver MAX3, Tru-Grind sharpening jigs and Pro-Forme hollowing tools.
With the kind permission of the Lyme Regis harbour master, Axminster store manager Matthew Young and sales advisor, Rob James demonstrated hand tools on the Cobb when the Red Arrows visited in August. They had plenty of interest from holidaymakers who stopped to chat, try a few tools and become better acquainted with Axminster Tools & Machinery. During the afternoon, Axminster store also made a donation to the RNLI Lyme Regis Lifeboat Station.
Our new woodturning machines and accessories display area is nearing completion and we’re looking forward to re-introducing our fantastic range of Trade and Hobby products to our customers. Come along, pop upstairs and take a closer look.
Basingstoke store attended the Boathouse 4/International Boatbuilding Training College (IBTC) Festival at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in August. Store deputy manager James Peer was supported by Antony Jempson, South Wales and South area manager for the Axminster Business Services Team, and Skill Centre tutor Jason Breach. This free event attracted more than 6,000 visitors and helped create far-reaching awareness of Axminster Tools & Machinery and our Basingstoke store.
We’re delighted that trainees in the IBTC’s Joinery Shop are using a range of hand tools supplied by Axminster Tools & Machinery. These include various Rider planes and chisels and Axcaliber saws. Come along to our store and try these precision hand tools yourself!
Saturday 9th – Festool Power Tool Interaction Day with Jon Stead.
Saturday 16th – Woodcarving with the Welsh Regional Team of the British Woodcarvers. Association.
Saturday 23rd – Workshop Machinery Day. Your chance to get to grips with favourite workshop machines.
Saturday 30th – Woodturning with professional demonstrator Paul Hannaby.
Late in August, our Cardiff store also participated in a show at the National Botanic Garden of Wales – a unique setting which attracted plenty of attention from new audiences. We are sure to see a few new customers resulting from this visit.
Our new Power Tool Test bench is now fully operational so if you are interested in getting ‘hands on’ with any of our premium brand power tools, please pop in – we’re always ready to help.
We’ve had a positive response to the introduction of a selection of hardwood supplied by Wentwood Timber Centre and look forward to making this a regular product feature in store.
We have a great offer on a Bosch router now priced at £199.95 (normally £239.96) as the box is missing but otherwise, brand new. We have a good condition used Axminster Hobby Series lathe now priced at £165.46 (new price £220.46).
Our recent Woodturning Skills Day enjoyed the support of seven local and regional clubs. Joint winners of the individual competition were Nigel Miles and Paul Nayler – who each won an Axminster Evolution chuck. The best table presentation was the Cardiff and Vale Woodturning Club which was awarded a £50 gift voucher.
Saturday 2nd – our team is at the Chalfont St Giles Show demonstrating various hobby and craft machines and favourite hand tools.
Saturday 2nd – Picture Framing with Stacey Davies using the Axcaliber MT1 Mitre Trimmer.
Saturday 16th – How to use the UJK Technology 700mm Variable Angle Worktop Jig to achieve perfect kitchen worktop joints.
Saturday 30th – Using the Souber Lock Jig – the fast and accurate way to fit a mortice lock.
We have a new range of Japanese hand saws now in store – please come and experience the fine precision of these pull action saws and the fast cutting power of our new Japanese folding saws.
We also have an unmissable offer! An Axminster Trade Series PS315 panel saw at just £1,400. (Price new £2,202.76). This saw has had light use and is in excellent condition.
Our Deputy Store Manager, Paula Webb, is always keen to learn new skills and share them with our customers. Better known as our engineering machines expert, Paula recently hosted a hardwood floor restoration demonstration which drew a good deal of interest.
In August we also welcomed new member Lydia Spracklen to the team and wish her every success as she settles in.
North Shields store has enjoyed a busy August, hosting a series of Woodworking Project Days aimed at children (with parents/guardians) interested in learning a few practical skills during the holiday break. These courses included Bird Boxes and Mini Planters and have proved a great success with youngsters and parents alike. We look forward to having similar days during school holidays later in the year.
If you’d like to get hands on trying an Axminster lathe and a few of our wide selection of woodturning tools and accessories, make sure you pop into a free ‘Turning Tuesday’ demonstration and participation event here in store. One of our team will be glad to offer you practical instruction and advice in a safe, relaxed environment. We start at 10am every Tuesday – see you there!
Friday 8th – Bosch Professional Power Tools with Bosch demonstrator John Sutton.
Friday 8th – Saturday 9th – Axminster Skill Centre tutor and internationally recognised woodturner Jason Breach demonstrates a range of tools and techniques.
We were delighted to welcome many enthusiasts to the store to see professional woodturner Andrew Hall aka ‘The Hat Man’ in action on 12th August. Specialising in wooden hats and Corinthian helmets, Andrew was as always, highly entertaining, informative and a real crowd-pleaser.
Just a reminder to customers not to miss out on the free cast alloy mitre fence (value at £16.46) currently offered as a store exclusive with the Axminster Hobby Series HBS200N Bandsaw. This is a high quality, compact machine which will create many new project possibilities in your workshop.
We also have a great offer on packs of 10 hard-wearing Festool abrasives including 60, 80 and 100 grit at just £1.99.
Saturday 9th – Sunday 10th – Belmont House Woodfest and Country Fair. Look out for our store stand with a wide range of products and demonstrations including the Arbortech power carving system and the Axminster APF 10 Evolution Respirator.
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th – Bentley Wood Fair. We’re there for three days, please come along and meet the team. We’ll have plenty on display and a variety of demonstrations.
Saturday 23rd – Join us for this free event as our in-store specialist Jason Bainbridge demonstrates relief carving using a variety of high quality Flexcut carving tools.
Knowledge helps you get the most out of your tools and machines. Why not consider one of our Skill Centre training courses? We have a number of vacancies still available in September – please check our Skill Centre bookings page.
Store Deputy Manager Hollie Wise is just back from a training visit to Tormek in Sweden and has honed up her hands-on knowledge of all the latest Tormek sharpening systems. If you’d like to know more about how to achieve repeatable accuracy for almost all your workshop sharpening requirements, come along and talk to Hollie. If she’s not in, we’ll be glad to set up an appointment with her.
Saturday 2nd – Deputy manager Paul Otter demonstrates the Axminster Trade Series AT107PT Planer Thicknesser, highlighting set up, safety and getting the most from this hard working, precision machine.
Saturday 9th – Internationally recognised woodturner and sculptor Joey Richardson provides creative inspiration, practical guidance and showcases examples of her finely detailed, unique work.
Saturday 16th – Dave Jones demonstrates the latest range of tools Arbortech power carving tools including the all-new Ball Gouge.
Saturday 30th – Woodturning professionals Steve Heeley and Tracy Owen are both in store for the day. Don’t miss this rare woodturning ‘double-bill’!
Please feel free to come in and ‘try before you buy’ one of our Lamello professional jointing machines at our demonstration station. If we don’t have the exact machine you’re looking for, we’ll be happy to get this into store to try with no obligation to purchase.