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Collecting Antique Tools – Paperback – October 1, 1990
Paperback – December 3, 1996
With more than 1,800 drawings, diagrams and photos, this authoritative guide encompasses the whole art and craft of woodworking. Designed to instruct and inspire every woodworker from the beginner to the most exacting expert, it has become a classic. It includes a discussion of all the principal hardwoods and softwoods, how to choose and use hand tools, detailed information on every woodworking technique–jointing, bonding, fastening, laminating, and much more.
Dictionary of American Hand Tools: A Pictorial Synopsis (A Schiffer Book for Collectors) Hardcover – April 16, 2002
The Antique Tool Collectors Guide to Value – Paperback – January 5, 1999
Paperback – May 21, 2017
A Price Guide to Antique Tools Paperback – May 1, 2005
A price guide is only as helpful as its prices are current. With this in mind, we offer a new fourth edition of Herbert Kean’s A Price Guide to Antique Tools, its prices taken from the latest live and internet auctions as well as from private sales. As before, there are over 12,000 prices (individual and chart combinations) that represent extraordinary tools, as well as those found in flea markets.
Restoring Antique Tools Paperback – April 1, 2001
The Art of Fine Tools– Hardcover – September 1, 1998
This collection features more than 250 unique tools built with beautiful materials, lavished with artistic decoration, and crafted with remarkable precision. Privately owned, many of these tools have never been photographed or shown in publications before.Included are measuring instruments, hand planes, saws, and other cutting tools, striking and drilling tools, Asian treasures, miniatures, ingenious foot-powered machines from the 19th century, and improbable combination tools. Each photo is accompanied by detailed notes that provide historical and technical background.
This handsome volume will appeal to collectors, those who use tools, and anyone who appreciates finely crafted utilitarian objects.
Mathieson Tools: A Guide to Identification and Value Paperback – June 4, 2015
Antique Woodworking Tools: A Guide to the Purchase, Restoration, and Use of Old Tools for Today’s Shop – Michael Dunbar, $92.46 1977 (Used copies available at major savings)
A professional woodworker who specializes in antiques offers modern craftsmen advice on buying, restoring, and using the principal general-purpose tools of preindustrial woodworkers. I knew Michael Dunbar, and can attest to the fact that he is a highly skilled woodworker as well as a fine writer.
TOOL COLLECTING CLUBS
Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia – This organization is still active, but its’ quarterly publication, The Tool Chest, has no issues posted to their archives since 1994. Originally, their newsletter was first published in 1989.
The original publication of the HTPA was only the Newsletter until the journal The Tool Chest was established in April 1992 as a quarterly magazine of hand tool-related articles and the newsletter focussed on membership-related information.
The Tool Chest (& Newsletter) archive is reproduced for the informative hand tool reference material contained in the various issues and as a perspective of how the HTPAA as an organization has evolved over time.
Early American Industries Association – The EAIA established itself in 1933 as the leading organization for research and publication in the area of early American tools and trades. The membership continued to grow, and articles published in The Chronicle produced an ever-increasing resource of historical information in the field.
During its’ 87-year history, interest in the history of tools, trades, and the mechanical arts has grown from a handful of antiquarians gathering up obsolete implements to a large company of serious collectors and scholars, knowledgeable and appreciative of the role that tools have played in the lives of those who made the United States a great industrial power. To this growth of interest and knowledge, the EAIA has constantly made a significant contribution. On our 87th anniversary, we return thanks to Lewis N. Wiggins for his part in our creation.
The Southwest Tool Collectors Association (SWTCA) is a Not-for-Profit group of men and women with a common interest in collecting, trading and studying antique tools. Organized in 1975, we currently have over 400 members, generally concentrated in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.
Old Street Tools Inc. – Planes from Old Street Tool are based on early 18th Century British planes which we believe represent the highest quality planes ever produced. We offer the complete line described by Richard Neve in his 1736 The City and Country Purchaser’s BUILDERS DICTIONARY. These planes will enable a woodworker to complete nearly any work traditionally done with hand planes and is the most complete line of planes offered in North America since the demise of the Sandusky Tool Company in 1925.
We will continue to expand this listing to include more restoration, collectible, tool use, and any other useful information for woodworkers. This will include bore books, articles, videos, and websites. Some of these links are affiliated with us giving us a small commission on sales. Since we will continue to expand the information available on this page, I suggest you bookmark this page in order to keep up to date with this expanding source of useful information.