North Shields Store

Unit J1, Hamar Close, Tyne Tunnel Trading Estate. NE29 7XB

01915 005966 - northshieldsstore@axminster.co.uk

Opening Hours

 
Monday - Friday 8am - 5.30pm
Saturday 9am - 5.30pm
Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm (browsing from 10am)
North Shields Store
Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

Our experts can sharpen your plane blades, woodturning gouges, carving chisels...

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

These workshops offer you the opportunity to see machinery in use and get hands on.

Refreshments

Time to refuel?

If you're not in a hurry to leave why not take your tea or coffee break in store.

Axminster Finance

Axminster Finance

Let your tools pay for themselves - we can explain your finance options - find out more

Free Car Parking

Free Car Parking

As part of our service parking is free to all customers.

Apple Pay

Apple Pay

A simple and secure way to pay with your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Festool Roadshow 2019 is stopping at our North Shields store on the 21st June

Make sure you sign up via Eventbrite to be part of a day filled with expert advice, the latest product innovation and giveaways

Click & Collect

Can’t wait for delivery? Why not collect in store!

Check store stock and reserve tools online, then collect in store

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Get involved in store

We welcome hobbyists, professionals and clubs to come along and join in and from time to time we will also have special guests and suppliers in store.

Live Workshop

Live Workshop

We have kitted out an area the size of a small garage that any enthusiast would be proud of. We understand that looking at a machine isn't always enough - live workshops offer you the opportunity to see the machines in use and get hands on.

Turning Tuesdays

Turning Tuesdays

This is your chance to see and talk about everything and anything woodturning, every Tuesday between 10am and 4pm in store.

Each week a member of the team will be available to talk turning, demonstrate and help with any queries or questions as well as giving you the chance to get hands on and have a go.

North Shields Store Events

Events

Come to an event and be inspired by our experts and special guests as they give practical demonstrations

Our free events offer a great opportunity to learn a new skill and meet like-minded people. Try the latest tools and machinery - we'll encourage you to get involved. If you need professional advice, our experts are always happy to help.

You can also expect exclusive offers throughout the store so take a look at our calendar and we'll look forward to seeing you!

June 2019

Friday 21st June
10:00am - 2:00pm

North Shields - Festool Roadshow 2019

The Festool Roadshow 2019 will be rolling into our North Shields store on the 21st  June from 10am - 2pm. The walk-in Festool Truck will be packed with a wide range of products with Festool experts on hand to answer all your questions. We'll also be demonstrating the new Saw Stop technology on the Roadshow - helping you work safely.

On the day you can look forward to :

- Special in-store exclusive deals on a selection of Festool products and accessories
- Live demonstrations of the latest Festool innovations by their team of experts
- A welcoming Goody Bag
- A FREE bacon sandwich
- Entry into a draw for a new ETS125 Sander valued at circa. £300
- Entry into the Festool Roadshow 2019 Draw for a product prize valued at £3K!

Along with your Eventbrite registration, please also register with Festool UK to make sure you get your Goody Bag and are entered in the Festool Roadshow prize draws.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday 29th June
10:00am - 2:00pm

North Shields Store - Take Your Woodturning To The Next Level

Woodturning has always been a passion of Axminster Tools & Machinery and we are committed to helping woodturners develop their craft and expand their creative horizons. In June, our national store demonstration will target enthusiasts who are looking to take their woodturning to the next level.

We’ll look at slightly more challenging projects, offering advice on tools, techniques and accessories which will put more rewarding woodturning within your grasp. With the guidance of our in-store expert Nathan Blyth, we’ll take a closer look at goblet turning as we explore ways of introducing finesse and delicacy to your next projects. We’ll also look at texturing and finishing techniques which will enhance your work. We look forward to seeing you in store!


July 2019

Saturday 6th July
10:00am - 4:00pm

North Shields Store - Chris Fisher - The Blind Woodturner

Chris Fisher, also known as the Blind Woodturner since he lost his sight in 2008, will be in-store covering lathes, chucks, jaws and turning tools.

You will be inspired by Chris as he shares his passion for woodturning. Chris constantly challenges himself, exceeding all expectations and demonstrating how seemingly insurmountable obstacles can be overcome through tenacity and self-belief.

Join us for a demonstration not to be missed as Chris puts his unique spin on the craft of woodturning.

Wednesday 10th July
12:30pm - 4:00pm

North Shields - Cosplay Session 1, Patterns And Cutting

Join our in-store expert Nathan as he takes us into the world of Cosplay. Derived from two words 'costume play', it's a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes to represent a specific character. This cultural, social and creative phenomenon now attracts thousands of followers around the country This month we'll show you, step-by-step, how to create your Cosplay character. 

In his first demonstration, Nathan will introduce basic shaping of material to form the key components of a costume. Using Axminster steel and flexible rulers and a variety of craft knives and a Japanese rasp, Nathan will show how he defines some of his favourite costumes, referencing (for those in the know) ‘Dragon Ball Z’ styles.

Wednesday 17th July
12:30pm - 4:30pm

North Shields - Cosplay, Session 2, Shaping And Gluing

Join our in-store expert Nathan as he takes us into the world of Cosplay. Derived from two words 'costume play', it's a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes to represent a specific character. This cultural, social and creative phenomenon now attracts thousands of followers around the country This month we'll show you, step-by-step, how to create your Cosplay character.  

In the second of four demonstrations, sales advisor (by day) and Cosplay enthusiast Nathan begins to refine shapes and begin the detailing of the costume panels cut and shaped in the first session. Nathan will use Axminster trade scrollsaws to shape high-density foams, introduce curves using heat guns and add textures and wear using the Dremel 3000 rotary tool.

Wednesday 24th July
12:30pm - 4:30pm

North Shields - Cosplay Session 3, Detailing And Sealing

Join our in-store expert Nathan as he takes us into the world of Cosplay. Derived from two words 'costume play', it's a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes to represent a specific character. This cultural, social and creative phenomenon now attracts thousands of followers around the country This month we'll show you, step-by-step, how to create your Cosplay character.  

In his third Cosplay demonstration, in-store sales advisor and talented maker Nathan takes us further into the world of costume design and manufacture. In this session, he’ll use soldering irons and heat guns to add further textures, battle scars and realism to costume components. Join Nathan for his detailed and absorbing journey into creative costuming for theatre, film - or just for fun.

Saturday 27th July
10:00am - 2:00pm

North Shields Store - Swan Compressors And Accessories

At this national demonstration, our in-store experts demonstrate the latest range of quiet-running, oil free Swan Compressors. These hard-working, versatile machines can be used in many ways to make routine workshop tasks easier, quicker and more satisfying to complete. On the day, we’ll focus on the safe use of air nail guns and show just how compressors can be used in a variety of roles to tackle everyday DIY and decorative projects. If you’ve never worked ‘under pressure’ before, this is your chance!

Wednesday 31st July
12:30pm - 4:30pm

North Shields - Cosplay Session 4, Painting And Detail

Join our in-store expert Nathan as he takes us into the world of Cosplay. Derived from two words 'costume play', it's a performance art in which participants, called cosplayers, wear costumes to represent a specific character. This cultural, social and creative phenomenon now attracts thousands of followers around the country This month we'll show you, step-by-step, how to create your Cosplay character.  

In the final demonstration of four, in-store creative expert Nathan shows how to use airbrushing and other paint techniques to add colours, hues and decorative detail to the costume he has now nearly completed. He’ll be using the SprayCraft SP66 Professional Airbrush and Compressor Kit and demonstrate masking, blending and rub-down techniques to enhance realism and overall visual impact. Nathan will also demonstrate the use of Polyvine pearlescent paints and lacquer finishes to complete the project.


August 2019

Saturday 24th August
10:00am - 4:30pm

North Shields - Tormek Sharpening With Mark Stewart

The Tormek T-8 sharpening system is the perfect answer for all your sharpening requirements. For any professional or amateur needing a versatile, reliable and repeatable sharpening system, the T-8 should be at the top of your list. But don't just take our word for it - come and see for yourself!

Our in-store demonstrator, Mark, will take you through setting up of the machine, jig choice, wheel truing and sharpening techniques (with emphasis on the sharpening of woodturning and hand tools). You can even bring in your own tools to put the Tormek through its paces!

September 2019

Saturday 28th September
10:00am - 4:00pm

North Shields - Matt Estlea, The Next Level

Matt Estlea; woodworker, tutor and social influencer, will be in-store covering sharpening, dovetailing and plane set-up and use. We first introduced you to Matt via our Meet The Maker series back in 2016. At the time Matt was a student at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford, as well as working part-time at our store in Basingstoke. It was during this time that he became accustomed to filming the creation of his projects.

Now we present Matt Estlea, a tutor at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, an inspirational demonstrator on a tour of all eight Axminster stores and an influential YouTuber with over one hundred thousand subscribers. Matt’s adulation for his craft and love of a challenge together with his pared-back style invigorates traditional woodworking methods. So, whatever your ability, Matt’s demonstration will ‘take your skills to the next level’ - come along and see him live and in action.


We deliver a great experience for the hobbyist, tradesman & professional... Mark Bloomfield (Manager)
North Shields Store Manager

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