Our Mission

We are committed to serving the woodworking community. Whether you are a beginner or a master craftsman, or just simply collect old tools, you will find information here that can be of use and interest.

In 1970, I embarked on a 27-year adventure with hand tools that took me overseas, provided national TV appearances, developed into a reputation as a world-class expert, and enabled me to found an internationally recognized quarterly trade journal.

In 1997 I took early retirement and dabbled in many pursuits to keep boredom at bay. Then in 2016, my wife Patty and I founded MFAS Marketing LLC and reentered the antique business only to discover that the whole world of collecting had undergone a massive change in the intervening 19 years, so the past 3 years have basically been a re-education for me, which brings us to the present and the rebirth of my original passion, the history of trades and the study and use of antique tools.

A Return To The Beginning

During my original journey, I learned many lessons in guerilla marketing, initiated an online auction format before eBay was founded, and turned a mail-order catalog into The Fine Tool Journal, an international quarterly trade magazine.

Along the way, I made appearances on the Today Show, and Antiques With George Michael on NPR. Besides publishing the Journal, I was also a Contributing Editor for Wood Magazine initiating a new feature on antique tools.

In addition to operating my business, Iron Horse Antiques Inc., I served for many years on the board of The Early American Industries Association and was active in several local and regional tool collecting clubs. I even found time to do appraisals and some museum consulting as well. I have now returned to my first love and Patty and I are embarking on this new adventure helping people find the best quality tools to create their own works of art. We also hope to guide you in the proper restoration and use of antique and vintage tools.

We both hope you enjoy what you find on this site, and we welcome your comments, questions, and feedback at any time.


Vernon & Patty Ward

P.S. If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

P.P.S. As of January 13, 2020. this blog is under construction, so posts will be added regularly. Follow us to keep track of what’s new. Our first post will deal with hand saws and the history of the saw.