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To celebrate five years since the Nuneaton store first opened, the store will be having its biggest ever in-store tools show. With many demonstrations including bandsaws, planer thicknessers, scroll saws, sharpening, woodturning, carving, hand planes, pyrography, power carving and engineering, and with Colwin Way, Jason Breach, Peter Berry and many more demonstrating their craft, this is one event simply not to be missed!
The event will provide a rare opportunity to see a significant number of machines and disciplines in one place. Plus, entry is free. Why not come along on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September (9.30am – 4.00pm each day)?
Who will be there?
Axminster Tools & Machinery has just completed a deal which will give the company exclusive rights to sell Lamello products throughout the UK. This new arrangement will come into effect from 1st October 2014 when the Axminster Business Services Team will take over all Lamello-related matters.
The newly formed Axminster Business Services Team, under Sales Manager Mark O’Halloran, will be the main point of contact for all Lamello products, with members of the field sales team visiting customers and potential customers at their own premises. All field sales staff have undergone training at Lamello’s factory in Bubendorf as well as hands-on training within the UK.
AT&M’s Sales Director, Alan Styles, said: “We are delighted that our new Axminster Business Services Team are able to work with one of the industry’s best known and most innovative names, that of Lamello. Come and meet the team, and see us in action together with Lamello at W14.” Both companies will be exhibiting at W14 Working with Wood exhibition at the NEC from 5-8 October, stand number 8G720.
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Axminster Tools & Machinery gave its support to the AWGB’s Youth Training & Development Programme earlier this month when the company provided pen making kits for a training weekend being held at Stuart Mortimer’s home and workshop in Hampshire.
The Programme is financed by the AWGB and the Worshipful Company of Turners, and is designed for young people aged twelve to eighteen. So far this year twenty two young people have attended training days at the Max Carey Trust in Portishead, Bristol and other days have been held in Cornwall. The Hampshire weekend was attended by ten young people, many of whom attended for the first time and came from all over the UK.
The line-up of tutors for the training weekend included Stuart Mortimer, Gary Rance, Chris West, John Aitken and Ron Caddy. “It truly was an amazing weekend with young people receiving their guidance from the five tutors and leaving full of enthusiasm for continuing their woodturning skills” said Youth Training Co-ordinator, Ron Caddy. “We had two students attending their final year (both will be 19 this year) and both have entered apprenticeships with joinery companies”.
Aussie inventor of the Arbortech range of power carving tools will be visiting the UK this September. Kevin Inkster, both CEO of Arbortech and the original inventor, with his wife Kristine, will be demonstrating at Axminster Tools & Machinery in Basingstoke on Sunday 7 September from 11am until 3pm.
During his trip to the UK, Kevin will be promoting and demonstrating the new Contour Random Sander, launched back in June at the start of the Australian woodworking show season. The new sander is a patented angle grinder attachment with a powerful random orbital action. It is designed to reach into internal profiles and the patented flexible sanding pad moulds to the shape of the timber without burning or digging in at the edges. Kevin said: “Finally, we have developed a method that not only does the job well, but surpasses all our expectations. Woodworkers have been waiting a long time for a product like this and I believe it will be welcomed by many other industries.”
Perth-based Arbortech is a world leader in power woodcarving, and engaged in the research, development and manufacture of innovative technologies. The Australian company is well known for its award winning petrol Allsaw and has gained a reputation for innovation, engineering excellence and cutting-edge technology.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see Kevin demonstrate and put questions to him.
Our store in Axminster is putting on its Big Interactive Tool Event. Many of our in-house experts and Skill Centre tutors will be demonstrating together with some of our suppliers. If there is a particular craft you would like to know more about or have questions on certain products, join us over the two days which will be full of entertainment and education.
Who will be demonstrating?
Sunday 3rd August was no ordinary Sunday for a group of nine employees from Axminster Tools & Machinery. All nine had volunteered to skydive for Hospiscare to raise money towards the building of the charity’s new hospice centre in Honiton, Devon.
Their day started at 8.00am with the necessary training they had to undertake so they could carry out the jump. But by 12.00 noon they had all successfully completed their jumps.
Organiser of the event, retail administrator, Maddie Edwards described the experience: “The first person to do the dive was Dave, then it was Charlotte, Ben and myself, and the final group was Chris, Craig, Karl, Dom and Katie. We were free falling for a minute at 15,000ft before the parachute opened. We fell 10,000ft and the parachutes opened at 5,000ft! From this height you could see the Bristol Channel and Wales in the distance, and the south coast up as far as Weymouth and down as far as Torquay! The views were amazing and it was as though you were just looking at a picture rather than actually being up in the air slowly floating down. The plane had landed before we did. Everyone has said it was one of the best experiences of their lives. Now, we just need to try and top this next year!”
If anyone would still like to support this event and donate to Hospiscare, this can be done by texting ATMH50 plus the amount you want to donate to 70070 or by visiting www.justgiving.com/Team-AxminsterTM.
AT&M’s Kelly Baker was one of the four young professionals along with others from Panaz, Ercol and Blum chosen to attend a three-week pilot course run by The Furniture Makers’ Company this summer.
As part of an expanding education programme, The Furniture Makers’ Company has just finished a pilot course giving four of the brightest and best young talents in the furnishing industry an intensive three-week experience where they had a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of the furnishing industry supply chain. Only The Furniture Makers’ Company (which is the furnishing industry’s charity), with its unique network of contacts, can provide such a course.
When the mast on the largest ever replica of a Viking long boat, Dragon Harald Fairhair, snapped while crossing the North Sea en route to Liverpool, Axminster Business Services Team literally ‘pushed the boat out’ to help.
Because the Norwegian company which built the boat is an existing customer of AT&M, Mark O’Halloran (Sales Manager) and Peter Bolton (Technical Field Sales) organised a Festool long bed planer (not normally stocked) to be sent across from Germany to the Warrington store and then delivered it personally so the boat could be repaired over the weekend.
Next time you are about to throw out an unwanted piece of furniture, ask yourself “can this be re-cycled?” And that’s exactly the question staff and volunteers at the Goldfinger Factory want us to ask ourselves.
Not far from Portobello Road, situated on the ground and first floors of the tower block Trellick Tower in North Kensington, you will find the Goldfinger Factory. Founder Oliver Waddington-Ball describes Goldfinger as “…essentially a collective. Goldfinger is an up-cycling, teaching and production hub, with all the facilities of a community centre built in.” Oliver goes on to explain that “The idea behind it is to reduce social exclusion and empower the community through teaching people to up-cycle, do building fit-outs downstairs and sell their product upstairs. And to use the events space and café which for the last two years have been boarded up. We sell designed products in a charity shop without the charity shop feel.” Continue reading →
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