Online Resources of Interest To Tool Collectors

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ORGANIZATIONS
United States
ATTIC Antique Tools and Trades In Connecticut
Early American Industries Association
Mid-West Tool Collectors Association
Missouri Valley Wrench Club
Ohio Tool Collectors Association
The Oughtred Society (Slide rules and other calculating instruments)
Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors
PAST Tool Collectors (formerly Preserving Arts and Skills of the Trades)
PATINA The Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association
Richmond Antique Tool Society (Virginia)
Rocky Mountain Tool Collectors
Southwest Tool Collectors Association
Timber Framer's Guild
 
International
Ambacht Gereedschap
Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia
The New Zealand Vintage Tool Collectors Club
The Tool Group of Canada
The Tools and Trades History Society 
 
TOOL AUCTIONS
Brown Tool Auctions (The Fine Tool Journal LLC)
Great Planes Trading Company
Martin J. Donnelly Auctions
David Stanley (England)
Antique Tool Auctions (formerly Tony Murland Antique Tools)
  
TOOL PUBLICATIONS
Periodicals
The Tool Shed (comes with membership in CRAFTS)
The Chronicle and Shavings (come with membership in EAIA)
The Gristmill (comes with membership in Mid-West Tool Collectors Association)
The Fine Tool Journal (by subscription)
 
Books
Astragal Press (acquired by Rowman & Littlefield)
Colonial Williamsburg
Lost Art Press
Martin J. Donnelly Antique Tools
Rude Mechanicals Press
Toolemera Books (Gary Roberts)
The Wrenching News Book Store
 
MUSEUMS
In New Jersey:
East Jersey Old Town Village (Piscataway,  NJ)
Edison Museum (West Orange, NJ)
Fisher & Norris Anvil Museum (Adelphia, NJ)
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (Madison, NJ)
Millbrook Village and Millbrook Village Society (Delaware Water Gap, NJ)
Roebling Museum (Roebling, NJ)
Speedwell Iron Works (Morristown, NJ)
Sterling Hill Mining Museum (Ogdensburg, NJ)
Elsewhere:
American Precision Museum (Windsor, VT)
Arnold Zoloft Tool Museum (South Hero, VT)
Canadian Museum of Making (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Carroll County Farm Museum (Westminster, MD)
Colonial Williamsburg (Williamsburg, VA)
Coopers' Tool Museum (private) Sussex, UK
Davistown Museum (Liberty, ME)
Eric Sloane Museum & Kent Iron Furnace (Kent, CT)
Fuller Craft Museum (Brockton, MA)
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village (Dearborn, MI)
Mercer Museum (Doylestown, PA)
Metal Museum (Memphis, TN)
Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT)
New Britain Industrial Museum (New Britain, CT)
Old Bedford Museum (Bedford, PA)
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)
Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston, CT)
Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association (Kinzers, PA)
Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT)
Smithsonian (Washington, D.C. and New York, NY)
Tool Museum at Troyes, France
The Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum (Carlsbad, CA)
Bahr's Mill (website is not accessible)
 
INTERESTING SITES 
Disstonian Institute
Google Patent search
The Directory of American Tool and Machinery Patents (DATAMP)
Dreams of Wood and Steel - "An exploration of late 19th Century life, tools and firearms"
Electronic Neanderthal - One of the earliest sources of information about tools. Still useful, but is out of date.
Handplane Central
The Infill Planes Showcase
Museum of Woodworking Tools
Miller's Patent Plow Plane
Millers Falls Home Page (oldtoolheaven.com)
Rhode Island Toolmakers
Rich Arnold Vintage Tools gallery of early English wooden planes
The Sargent Planes Page
The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM)
Spiral Screwdriver Patents
Vintage Machinery (including classified ads for machines)
The Wrenching News
Patrick's Blood & Gore and The Revised Stanley B&G - Bench Planes
Scientific American 1845-1909
Catalogue of American Patented Antique Tools
The Saw Set Collector's Resource
Online resource for historic preservation (PreservationDirectory.com)
Phil Jeager - Historical Presentations
Working by Hand blog
State of New Jersey Homepage
United States Patent Office and a link to their search tool-Patent Full-Text and Full-Page Image Databases
 
ANTIQUE AND VINTAGE TOOL SELLERS
Antique-Used-Tools (Bob Kaune, Port Angeles, WA)
Jim Bode Tools (Jim Bode, Elizaville, NY)
Bristol Design Tool Shop (Bristol, UK)
Dowd's Vintage and Antique Tools (Garland, TX)
Falcon-Wood (Peter and Annette H., SE Massachusetts)
G and M Tools (West Sussex, UK)
Georgesbasement (George Langford, Berwyn, PA)
Get a Grip and More (Dan Rossi, Washington, NJ)
Great Adirondack Tool Co. (Walt & Pete Lane, Johnstown, NY)
Hyperkitten Tool Company (Joshua Clark, Oxford, CT)
Iron Bridge Tools (Shelburne Falls, MA)
Jonesport Wood Company, proprieters of three stores and Davistown Museum (above):
Liberty Tool Company (Liberty, ME)
Hulls Cove Tool Barn (Bar Harbor, ME)
Captain Tinkham's Emporium (Searsport, ME)
NH Plane Parts and The Vintage Tool Shoppe (Eric Robinson, Fremont, NH)
Old Tools Ltd (East Sussex, UK)
Sydnas Sloot (Sandy Moss, SE Massachusetts)
TakeADip Vintage Tools (Bob Garay, Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
Timeless Tools & Treasures (Jane Butler, Antrim, NH)
TimeTestedTools (Don Wilwol)
The Tool Exchange (Australia)
VintageSaws (Broadview Heights, OH)
Vintage Tools (J.D. Isaacs, Richland, WA)
Vintage Tool Shop (Stalbridge, Dorset, UK)
Whitney House Tool Shop (Linda Mariconda, The Lafayette Mill Antique Center, Lafayette, NJ)
YesteryearsTools (Tom Lamond, Lynbrook, NY)
Jon Zimmer Antique Tools (Portland, OR)
 
MODERN TOOL MAKERS and SELLERS
(more to come)
Barr Specialty Tools (Barr Quarton)
Blackburn Tools (Isaac Smith)
Caleb James
Florip Tool Works (Erik Florip)
Heartwood Tools (Georgetown, TX) US sales of H.N.T. Gordon and other makers
H.N.T. Gordon & Co. (Australia)
Hock Tools (Fort Bragg, CA)
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks (Warren, ME)
Old Street Tool, Inc. (formerly Clark & Williams) - Planemaker
Red Rose Reproductions - Traditional Woodworking Tools & Molding Planes
Sauer & Steiner Toolworks
Shelter Tools (Woolrich, ME)
Stanley Black and Decker (corporate site)
Sterling Tool Works (Chris Kuehn)
Veritas Tools (Canada)
 
WOODWORKING ASSOCIATIONS & OTHERS
In New Jersey:
Central Jersey Woodworkers Association
Garden State Marquetry Society Plus
Jersey Hills Wood Carvers
New Jersey Blacksmiths Association
New Jersey Woodturners Association
North Jersey Woodcarvers
North Jersey Woodworkers Association
Professional Woodworkers Guild of Upper New Jersey
Woodworkers' Guild of Southern New Jersery
Elsewhere:
Blue Mountain Antique Gas & Steam Engine Association (Jacktown Grove)
Bucks Woodturners (Bucks County, PA)
Delaware Valley Old Time Power & Equipment Association
New England Blacksmiths
Northeastern Woodworkers Association
Rocky Mountain Smiths
Washington Woodworkers Guild  (D.C.)
 
CRAFT SCHOOLS
In New Jersey:
American Woodcarving & Art School (Wayne, NJ)
The DIY Joint (Hoboken, NJ)
Mr. Sawdust School of Professional Woodworking (Hackettstown, NJ)
Peters Valley School of Craft (Layton, NJ)
Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center (Millville, NJ)
The Wood Joint (Tinton Falls, NJ)
Elsewhere:
Acanthus (Chuck Bender) (Jim Thorpe, PA)
American School of French Marquetry (San Diego, CA)
Appalachian Center for Craft, a campus of the School of Art, Craft & Design within the College of Fine Arts, Tennessee Tech (Smithville, TN)
Anderson Ranch Arts Center  (Snowmass Village, CO)
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts (Gatlinburg, TN)
The Arts Center of the Capital Region (Troy, NY)
Brookfield Craft Center (Brookfield, CT)
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (Rockport, ME)
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking (Manchester, CT)
Fletcher Farm School for the Arts and Crafts (Ludlow, VT)
Florida School of Woodwork (Tampa, FL)
Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking (Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada)
Haystack Mountain School of Craft (Deer Isle, ME)
The Krenov School at Mendocino College (Fort Bragg, CA) Formerly part of College of the Redwoods
Maine Coast Workshop (Camden, ME)
New England School of Architectural Woodworking (Easthampton, MA)
New England School of Metalwork (Auburn, ME)
North Bennet Street School (Boston, MA)
Northwest Woodworking Studio (Gary Rogowski) (Portland, OR)
Penland School of Craft (Penland, NC)
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop (Philadelphia, PA)
Philadelphia Woodworks (Philadelphia, PA)
Vermont Woodworking School (Fairfax, VT)
The WoodenBoat School (Brooklin, ME)
 
MISCELLANEOUS
Offerman Wood Shop
Steve Johnsons Antique Technology
Wood and Shop Featuring Frank Klausz videos
The Woodworking Shows
 
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