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Strictly Woodturning: The final two videos.

Well, Life got the better of me this past two weeks and I’m late posting these videos. What disruption a bit of snow makes!

In these final videos we see the evening event from Strictly Woodturning 2010. The woodturners go up against each other in a series of heats involving quick-fire timed projects. As the turners get knocked out winner emerges to take the prize. The judges take on roles to mimmick those of the popular BBC series. You will see in the 2nd video some of their hilarious and sometimes outrageous criticism of the turners’ work.

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For commentary of the whole event, check out the Strictly Woodturning website.

This was the first time I had attended an Axminster Tool Centre event and I really enjoyed the social aspect of the whole two days. It showed how Axminster is in touch with the woodworkers and woodturners that they supply. Their staff went all out in providing a really special event for the delegates and it was clear they were doing it because they appreciated their customers. Free refreshments where on hand throughout the event, not to mention the delicious menu of food for the evening dinner. Not once did I get the impression that the whole thing was a sales exercise. Whilst you could buy from the trade stands and use the show discount at the shop, there where no sales pitches or tricks. Ok, so this type of event is obviously beneficial to their image and certainly must help with sales. But I couldn’t help feeling that this was a distant thought. They where there to have as much fun as us! I really got a sense for how Axminster treat their staff, it felt very family orientated, but in a professional way. I jut want to express my thanks to the everyone involved in Strictly Woodturning. The woodturners for their patience and willingness to let me film and interview them. The delegates for not throwing things at me as I blocked their view to get ‘the perfect shot’. The lady from Axe Valley Community College who gave me a room to set up the interviews. But most of all Axminster and their staff for letting me film and produce these films and give those who could not attend a taste of what a fantastic event this was.

Axminster are not putting on a Strictly Woodturning event in 2011, so as not to collide with the AWGB Symposium. All being well, they will return in 2012 with a similar event.

Please let me know what you think of this series of videos.

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Strictly Woodturning pt4: Les Thorne, Gary Rance and Tony Rea

In this next video we see Les Thorne talk about why he thinks people should turn bud vases, Gary Rance threading a box and Tony Ray demonstrating the techniques of turning natural edged burr bowls. These demonstrations were not just informative, but the professional turners each added their own personality making the sessions captivating. This is just a snapshot of what was a 2 day event.

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Next weekend I will publish the final two videos which cover the evening competitive event. Don’t miss the fun and games, come back to find out who gets the coveted Strictly Woodturning prize for 2010!

Please let me know what you think.

Strictly Woodturning pt3: Stuart King, Jason Breach, Colwyn Way

Here is the next instalment from the Strictly Woodturning series. In this video we see Stuart King, Jason Breach and Colwyn Way demonstrating various aspects of their craft of woodturning. Jason Breach is working on a bowl and we see a display of his fine work. We also have an interview with Stuart King where he tells us what he does and why he does it. Colwyn Way then tells us about his background and what he does at Axminster’s Tool Centre.

(High and Low Resolution Versions to follow soon).

Part 4 of this series Part 2 of this series Part 1 of this series

Please let me know what you think.

Jason Breach Stuart King

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