‘Discover Axminster Day' - 23 November 2017

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Anthony Bailey

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This year’s ‘Discover Axminster Day’ was held at Walsall Football Stadium in the West Midlands.

It was a bigger event than last year’s at Rycotewood Furniture Centre, Oxford. It was intended for the benefit of students and their tutors to find out what opportunities are available to them in the furniture industry and to find out more about tool and techniques.

A number of colleges took part showing off 3D printing and design, there were demonstrations including a one-day Windsor chair build, Canadian woodworking author Vic Tesolin demonstrating Veritas planes and the Bloodhound World Speed Record team. A section was devoted to Axminster’s educational CNC machines and plenty of tool stands such as Bosch, Fein, Festool and JSP for dustmasks and respirators.

In addition there was a series of talks during the course of the day – including a very positive one from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers about the prospects for new recruits to the industry and one by Matt Estlea about the benefits of social media for marketing a business.

Complete with free refreshments and a food kiosk for visitors, it made a thoroughly engaging and interesting day and gives a lot of hope for young entrants into the world of furniture making in the future.

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