Skill Centre At Home

We all love new woodworking projects to get our saws into. From building a bird box with the kids or making a new dining table, there is no greater satisfaction than making it yourself. Learning a new skill and passing it on to someone else is what the making community is all about.

Our experienced Tutors will help you get working from your workshop with a host of top tips and project ideas. Join them each week to join in the making.

Axminster Skill Centres

Here at Axminster Tools & Machinery, we have been providing courses for over 20 years in our purpose-built Skill Centres. Many of our students then go on to develop their own crafts and return to us, again and again, to refresh or build on their skills.

Our Axminster Skill Centres may be temporarily closed, but that doesn’t mean the learning and making has to stop. We’re bringing the Skill Centre experience to you with woodworking projects and top tips from our expert tutors.

Skill Centre At Home - Two live sessions every week!

Live Turning Tuesday and Thursday 4pm

Woodturning Tutor, Colwin Way, takes you through woodturning projects for all abilities. He shares all the tips and tricks he’s learned on his life-long woodturning journey.

Meet Colwin


Workshop Wednesday 4pm

All things woodworking workshop! Head of Staff Training and Woodworking Tutor, Craig Steele, with woodworking tips and projects to improve your skills.

Meet Craig


How to view the Skill Centre at Home series

Simply subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date on all the latest from our Skill Centre at Home series. Live workshops every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm UK time on our Facebook page.

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Highlights so far

How to make a pestle & mortar

Colwin takes you through from start to finish how to make your very own. He offers helpful tips and techniques throughout, whilst answering commonly asked questions.

Catch up

How to make a pestle and mortar

How to make a salt and pepper grinder

A practical and fun woodturning project that make a great gift! For this demonstration, Colwin used Yew for his salt and pepper grinders.

Catch up

Salt and Pepper Mills

How to make a German smoker

One of Colwin's favourite things to make! These are traditional German toys that would sit on your mantle around Christmas time - why not try making your own?

Catch up

German smokers

What woodworking projects do you want to see?

We’ve got lots of project ideas and tips for you, but if there’s something you want to see, let us know. Simply comment here or use #SkillCentreAtHome on our social channels.

Your projects

We’ve been bringing the Skill Centre experience to you with woodworking projects and top tips from our expert tutors straight to your home. Along the way you've been sharing what you've been making.

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