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Welcome to the

Axminster Skill Centre

    • Update. Following recent Government announcements relating to delaying the spread of COVID-19, and in the interests of public safety, all Skill Centre courses up until the end of July have been cancelled. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to returning to our normal programme in due course.


Bringing the Skill Centre to your home.

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Do you want to learn a new skill or improve on an existing one? Relish the idea of being hands-on with projects and create masterpieces you can take home? The Axminster Skill Centre has been developed to offer you the opportunity to be amongst skilled, experienced tutors and learn new skills or progress on existing ones.

Set in our fully equipped and friendly course rooms, our extensive range of woodworking, engineering and other creative craft courses are designed to teach techniques, inspire you and give you the confidence to create.

Choose your interest...



Our woodturning courses teach a variety of turning techniques, cater for multiple skill levels and are designed to inspire!



Our woodworking courses introduce and develop key skills and techniques using many essential woodworking tools.



Our woodcarving courses are taught by tutors happy to share a wealth of experience with all carvers.



We satisfy a strong demand for engineering courses with our two introduction and intensive five day Summer School.



The router is a versatile machine! Whether you are using it for a hobby, DIY or trade our tutors will teach you the right techniques.

Why choose us?

Engineering Course

something new

Develop your skills within the diverse range of woodworking, engineering and associated crafts.

Colwin Way


Offering students a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm.



Work in a well equipped, regularly updated, friendly environment.


Over 30 courses available

Clear, informative and enjoyable courses with plenty of hands-on experience.

What our students say...

First class from 9am Monday
to 5pm Friday!

Excellent tuition in a calm, friendly manner. No question too small - was happy to repeat instructions and go at a pace to suit all. All staff very friendly, knowledgeable and helpful.

Ms Sanders, Beginners Woodturning Course (5 day)

Couldn't have been better!

First rate! Colwin tailored the day to our own specific requirements and needs; experiences ranged from sharpening tools, through a myriad of skills and techniques and culminated in form and finish.

Bill Bloggs, Woodturning Refresher Course

Highly recommended

I thoroughly enjoyed the course, well organised, expertly presented and I learned a lot. The step by step guidance, safety review and friendly atmosphere really enhanced my experience.

Clive J, Beginners Woodturning Course (5 day)

...suited each of our
individual needs

Bob is incredibly knowledgeable and shared it with us in a context and way that suited each of our individual needs. First class!

Emma P, Engineering Course (5 day)

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