The start of the 2013 season has begun with the South East Woodworking Show at Detling in Kent on the Friday/Saturday 8th and 9th March.
With five in the car off we went, not as nice weather wise as last year, but a god trip down. Kent had a lot of rain in the previous 42 hours and some fog.
A much quicker entrance to the show this year, there were lots of stands. Jennie Starbuck with her pierced and air brushed items on show. Ashley Iles with Tony at the helm, a large selection of turning and carving tools.
The AWGB had some nice members pieces on show. Camvac had all sorts of dust extraction on show. Chestnut was also there with all of their finishes. Also there was Colt from Germany with Forstner and pen blank drills. Mr Murkin was there as usual demonstrating his sanding discs and varnishes. Mark Raby keeps increasing his range of finishes, and Lisa Raby was there with he pyrography and large range of paints.
There were several clubs with stands, and members works of art. These include the Garden of England Woodturners of Canterbury. Kent Woodturners Club from Sidcup and Orchard Woodturners from Maidstone Surrey were there also. The Association of Woodturners from Woking also made the trip.
The Register of Professional Turners and Guild of Master craftsmen Publications who print our monthly magazine amongst others were also in attendance.
Hamilton Beaverstock with a very large range of their band saw blades.
Simon Hope with his high quality ever increasing range of tools. Robin Story, Lincolnshire Woodcraft had his range of assorted woods. Meantime designs had their range of turning add on's, mainly clocks and watch movements.
Lovell work wear had smocks and aprons embroidered or not (I believe2 club members bought smocks.) Planet woodworking accessories had a range of pen making and shaft kits on offer.
Robert Sorby /Turners Retreat with ‘Craft Supplies, now under their banner, had a very large range of kit.
We also saw the Rocking Horse Shop where Richard showed us his very good example that he made and showed back in January.
Tooltec had their CNC computer controlled routers, next to the Trend stand with their large range of routing and hand tools.
In the large seated area, was Mick Hanbury, whilst on their respective stand were, Tony Wilson, Brian Partridge, Jennie and Chris Starbuck, David Reekes with his master carver, Bill Prickett with his birds which are so lifelike. David Lowe with finishing Wayne Mack scroll saw and intarsia, Nic Westerman sharpening. Lisa Raby and Romi Jones showed us some excellent pyrography. This was Romi’s first ever show and I have to say that I have never seen that high quality pyrography before.
A good show in all, catering was basic though.
On the way home we called in to see Axminster's depot at Bobbing, Sittingbourne. About two miles out of our war (My sat nav let me down!)
Axminster has established a huge showroom, with so much kit on show. My highlight was the new Axminster trade series lathe ‘AT162VS’ two belt speed with electronic variable speed ranges, moveable magnetic control box with digital readouts, a very good looking lathe at £1,259.50 Plus legs and bed extension kit.
All the best