Matt Eastlea
Robert Ingham Peter Parfitt

It was a cool and blustery autumnal Friday in September when Axminster Tools & Machinery opened its doors to the public, welcoming over 200 visitors to the HQ on Weycroft Avenue in Axminster.

Visitors were able to experience around 40 demonstrations and get hands-on with many tools and machines. Among the demonstrators were some familiar names such as Robert Ingham - distinguished maker of collectable boxes and unique pieces of furniture; Peter Parfitt - inventor of the UJK Parf Guide System and Parf dog; Matt Estlea - talented young woodworker and YouTube star, and Colwin Way - international woodturner.

HQ folk and many staff from all of Axminster’s eight stores were involved, showing their expertise and woodworking skills. Some of the more quirky demonstrations from Axminster staff included cricket bat shaping; also, there was the ‘hard point challenge’ (looking for the fastest time in which to cut through a piece of 2”x4”) with a prize of a set of three Axcaliber saws. Plus product development director Ian Styles demonstrated the ‘Ultimate Edge’ - a new sharpening  product. Wentworth Timber, who supply all the Axminster stores, were present as were UKMSA (Men’s Sheds Association) displaying the kinds of things they make (local Axminster stores work closely with local ‘shedders’).

Approximately 160 visitors signed up for the guided tour around the site. An Axminster director led each tour, taking visitors to the engineering facility where woodturning chucks and accessories, bandsaw blades and many products in the UJK Technology range are manufactured. Other points of interest on the tour route were the Skill Centre and warehouse which was fully operational on the day.

To keep warm, visitors were able to take advantage of the free tea, coffee and biscuits on offer. Plus Axminster offered a 10% discount throughout the day.

Managing director Alan Styles said “It’s been a while since we had an event here at HQ, but I think the day has gone pretty well. I led some of the tours and have had some very enlightening comments and questions from visitors. One of the most positive pieces of feedback is how pleased our customers are to see the return of the Axminster catalogue”.

Proceeds from the open day were donated to the British Heart Foundation.

Thanks to Axminster Tools and Machinery for the news.

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