Axminster Tools Recommend Hampshire Business

Les Thorne and Martin Saban-Smith are very pleased to announce that Axminster Tools are now recommending their business, The Woodturning Shop as a tuition venue to customers of their Axminster, Basingstoke, High Wycombe and Sittingbourne stores.

We share Axminster Tools’ values of passion, excellence and professionalism. We are looking forward to providing their customers with the first class tuition available at The Woodturning Shop.

Les Thorne and Martin Saban-Smith

Centrally located between each of Axminster’s southern stores, The Woodturning Shop in Hampshire boasts two RPT members as their owners and in-house tutors. Both Les and Martin offer group and individual courses to budding newcomers to the craft as well as more advanced turners.

In August 2020 (between pandemic lockdowns), Les and Martin combined workshops and skill-sets to start The Woodturning Shop in the village of Four Marks in Hampshire. The business offers a fully equipped teaching room for up to five students at a time, each using professional standard lathes and equipment. There is also a retail shop there selling tools, accessories and turning blanks.

The website at is available for online purchases of the tools and accessories in stock and also offers quick and easy online booking of all the courses available.

Both Les and Martin continue to run their own businesses along side The Woodturning Shop. Les Thorne’s ‘No Turning Back‘ is an established and busy production turning business and Martin’s main business is the popular brand of finishing products under the ‘Hampshire Sheen‘ brand.

It is worth noting too, that Les and Martin offer demonstrations both in-person and remotely via the internet to clubs around the world.

For more information about tuition with Les and Martin at The Woodturning Shop, click HERE.