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At the ritzy DIY Week Awards Dinner recently held at the Ricoh Centre in Coventry, Axminster Tools & Machinery was recognised for its business excellence in the retail sector, winning the Gold award for ‘Retail Communicator of the Year’. AT&M also picked up a Silver award for ‘Tool Retailer of the Year’.
The event, attended by almost 300 people, brought together some of the biggest names in the industry to recognise and reward achievements in 15 categories, from Store Manager and Garden Retailer of the Year, to Power Tool and DIY Product of the Year. Host for the evening was comedian Ian Moore plus there was both music and entertainment from the Red Hot Chilli Pipers. The event also presented an opportunity for guests to support the Rainy Day Trust charity.
A rare opportunity has arisen for Lie-Nielsen enthusiasts to see one of the company’s leading demonstrators in action. Deneb Puchalski, hand tool and sharpening expert, will be visiting the UK this spring. He will be making a whistle-stop tour of four Axminster stores during April.
These events will be open sessions enabling Lie-Nielsen fans to talk directly to one of the most highly respected demonstrators. Topics open for discussion will include sharpening and tool care and, in particular, how to get the best from these quality tools. Deneb tours North America demonstrating, and his passion and enthusiasm for the tools he works with are clear to all who have seen his demonstrations.
It has been 5 years since we opened our doors in High Wycombe and to celebrate we will be holding a ‘Big Interactive Tool’ weekend, with demonstrations going on throughout the day and experts on hand to offer tips and advice. There may even be opportunities to have a go yourself.
As always there will be a big selection of Paula‘s cakes to accompany the free tea and coffee…
Woodworkers at a New Forest training centre for adults with learning disabilities turned on their creative skills when an internationally acclaimed craftsman dropped in on a session to demonstrate just what a lathe can do.
Colwin Way, who has travelled the world showing and teaching his craft, visited students on the woodwork course at the Minstead Training Trust to officially hand over two new lathes to the centre which helps prepare adults with learning disabilities to achieve greater independence so they can lead meaningful lives.
“Learning how to work with wood using the lathes and other tools is a real confidence builder. Using the kit safely gives the students an outlet for their creativity. They start out on small projects like making pens or jewellery and can then move on to bigger and more difficult pieces,” said Colwin.
Axminster Tools & Machinery has added three new names to the line-up for the major woodturning event – 10 Turners Turning featuring Ready Steady Turn - at the store in Nuneaton in March. Mark Hancock, Stuart Mortimer and Mark Baker, editor of Woodturning magazine, will all be demonstrating at the event and taking part in the Ready Steady Turn competition.
The full line-up for this event is very impressive. As well as the names mentioned above, Stuart King and Gary Rance (both winners of Strictly Woodturning), the hat man Andrew Hall, Phil Irons, Richard Findley, local turner Steve Heeley and Axminster’s Colwin Way will also be part of the event. For full details go to axminster.co.uk/10turnersturning
There will be a wide range of Jet and Axminster lathes on display, including the Jet 4224B and Axminster’s Hobby and Trade ranges; this event will provide a good opportunity to see many different lathes in action together with the Evolution and Clubman chucks and the new Evolution Series of woodturning accessories.
Axminster Tools & Machinery (AT&M) recently became the 15th corporate member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers of the City of London.
Directors Alan Styles, Michael Trimble and Martin Brown accepted membership and became Corporate Liverymen at a ceremony held in Furniture Makers’ Hall at Austin Friars in the City.
The main aim of the Furniture Makers’ Company is to promote and develop the British furniture industry. It achieves this by supporting training opportunities, charitable work and networking.
The Company comprises a community of like-minded people in the forefront of the industry. Other well known companies including Harrods, John Lewis, Homebase and B&Q are also corporate members. AT&M looks forward to supporting the Company of Furniture Makers with its endeavours.
For more information about the Company, visit www.furnituremkrs.co.uk.
Swedish company Tormek, manufacturer of sharpening systems, recently travelled to the home of Glenn Lucas in County Carlow, Ireland to film this talented woodturner at his craft.
In this inspiring video, Glenn, who is well known for turning wooden bowls, talks about being introduced to woodworking as a boy. His grandfather and an old friend of the family, who came to live with them for ten years, showed him how to sharpen his tools and encouraged him to work with wood.
The film traces the story of how Glenn, who for many years has honed his skills as a freehand sharpener, first saw a Tormek being demonstrated in Germany and now uses Tormek when teaching his students to sharpen their tools. He demonstrates how to use Tormek and takes the viewer through the process of bowl making. Glenn’s work follows simple, classical shapes and everything he makes has a functional use.
“Sharpening tools has to be one of the most challenging aspects of woodturning. It has taken me many years as a professional turner to perfect the skills of freehand sharpening. Using a Tormek, I can now teach students within minutes to achieve the ultimate cutting edge in ten seconds. The tools last longer with no overheating. I would let anyone sharpen my tools on a Tormek” says Glenn. Continue reading →
Axminster Tools & Machinery are organising a major new woodturning event - Ready Steady Turn - at the store in Nuneaton. This will come as welcome news to all those who attended and enjoyed any of the company’s Strictly Woodturning events.
Anyone who visited Axminster’s main Tools & Machinery Exhibition a few years ago may remember the Ready Steady Turn woodturning competition. The name has been resurrected and the Nuneaton version will be run along similar lines. To give a flavour of the event, throughout the Friday and the first half of Saturday, professional turners will demonstrate their skills and unique styles of woodturning, explaining any useful tips, techniques and easier ways of achieving the desired result. Saturday afternoon will culminate in the pro-turners competing against each other and against the clock to win the Ready Steady Turn title.
The line-up for RST is impressive and includes Stuart King and Gary Rance (both winners of Strictly Woodturning), the hat man Andrew Hall, Phil Irons, Richard Findley and local turner Steve Heeley. Axminster’s Colwin Way will also be taking part. “We’re really looking forward to hosting such a major woodturning event in our store. It really will be an exciting couple of days for both customers and staff alike”, said Nuneaton store manager, John Flavell. Continue reading →
The team of six, which includes managing director Ian Styles, his nephew Tim and four others who really know their stuff, will be focusing on some of the best machines from the company’s Hobby and Trade ranges of machinery. The team will be showcasing and, in some cases, demonstrating bandsaws, scroll saws, a panel saw, table saw, combination machine and three lathes. The stand will also feature a range of woodturning accessories with particular emphasis on the Evolution chuck (now a year old), the new Clubman chucks and the even newer Evolution Series revolving centres.
Around 6,800 visitors enjoyed the "Harrogate Show", as it is affectionately known, in 2012. This is a show for all woodworkers and users of power tools, whether amateur or professional. It runs from Friday 22nd-24th November. Tickets can be bought and more information obtained at skpromotions.co.uk.
The Wednesday of National Customer Service Week (7-13 October) was all about recognising and rewarding excellence, and a number of awards were made.
The award of Customer Champion, based on both nominations and a panel of judges, went to Darren Peach, Specialist Sales Advisor. Darren was presented with a trophy and a gift card for £50. There were several runners-up: Georgina Burrough, Maddie Edwards, Eileen Palmer, Carly Forino and Kevin King - all received a certificate and a bag of sweets.
A second award of Customer Service Support Champion was presented to Joe Stork, Web Support Technician. To qualify for this award call centre staff only were able to put forward nominations from among staff in other departments. They would be nominating the person who assisted them most in providing customers with a high standard of service. The runner-up in this category was Ben Coath, Warehouse Team Leader. Joe received a £25 gift card and certificate and Ben, a certificate and bag of sweets. Continue reading →