Online Resources of Interest To Tool Collectors

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ORGANIZATIONS
United States
ATTIC Antique Tools and Trades In Connecticut
Connecticut Antique Machinery Association
Early American Industries Association
The Hardware Companies Kollectors Klub (Winchester, E.C. Simmons Keen Kutter, Shapleigh Diamond Edge)
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 (Netherlands)
Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia
Measure and Weight, Association for Metrology (Maß und Gewicht, Verein für Metrologie e.V. - Germany)
The New Zealand Vintage Tool Collectors Club
The Tool Group of Canada
The Tools and Trades History Society (UK)
The Traditional Tools Group (Australia)
 
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)
Mortise and Tenon Magazine (published twice a year in Maine)
Quercus Magazine "for anyone working wood by hand" (published six times a year in Oxford, England by Nick Gibbs)
 
Books
Astragal Press (acquired by Rowman & Littlefield)
Colonial Williamsburg
Guild of Master Craftsmen Publications
Linden Publishing (The Woodworker's Library)
Lost Art Press
Martin J. Donnelly Antique Tools
Rude Mechanicals Press
The Taunton Press
Toolemera Books (Gary Roberts)
The Wrenching News Book Store
 
MUSEUMS
In New Jersey:
East Jersey Old Town Village (Piscataway, NJ)
Fisher & Norris Anvil Museum (Adelphia, NJ)
Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May, NJ)
The Historic Village at Allaire (Farmingdale, NJ)
Howell Living History Farm (Lambertville, NJ)
Jersey Shore Folklife Center and Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum (Tuckerton, NJ)
Museum of Early Trades & Crafts (Madison, NJ)
Millbrook Village and Millbrook Village Society (Delaware Water Gap, NJ)
The Red Mill Museum Village (Clinton, NJ)
Roebling Museum (Roebling, NJ)
Space Farms Zoo & Museum incl. antique/primitive tool barn and blacksmith shop (Sussex, NJ)
Speedwell Iron Works (Morristown, NJ)
Sterling Hill Mining Museum (Ogdensburg, NJ)
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms (Morris Plains, NJ)
Thomas Edison National Historic Park (West Orange, 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)
Corning Museum of Glass (Corning, NY)
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)
Historic Eastfield Village (East Nassau, NY)
Maine Forest & Logging Museum (Bradley, ME)
Mercer Museum (Doylestown, PA)
Metal Museum (Memphis, TN)
Mifflinburg Buggy Museum (Mifflinburg, PA)
Museum of Old Techniques (Museum voor de Oudere Technieken in Belgium)
Museum of Our Industrial Heritage (Greenfield, MA)
Mystic Seaport (Mystic, CT)
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) Museum and Library & Research Center (Columbia, PA)
New Britain Industrial Museum (New Britain, CT)
Old Bedford Museum (Bedford, PA)
Old Colony History Museum (Taunton, MA)
Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA)
Pennsylvania Lumber Museum (Ulysses, PA)
Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston, CT)
Rough and Tumble Engineers Historical Association (Kinzers, PA)
Shelburne Museum (Shelburne, VT)
John Sindelar's Tool Museum (Edwardsburg, MI) - Private
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 
Backsaw.net
BladeForums.com - "The leading edge of knife discussion"
Disstonian Institute
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.
Hand and Machine Tools in the Collection of The Science Museum Group (UK)
Handplane Central
The Infill Planes Showcase
Phil Jaeger - Historical Presentations
Lee Valley Antique Tool Collection
Museum of Woodworking Tools
Miller's Patent Plow Plane
Millers Falls Home Page (oldtoolheaven.com)
Oldandinteresting.com (antique domestic & housekeeping equipment)
Patrick's Blood & Gore and The Revised Stanley B&G - Bench Planes
Plumb Bob Collectors
Positive Rake (blog by Joe Federici of Second Chance Saw Works on eBay; not updated since April 2018 but there's much to read about hand saws in the archive)
Record Hand Planes by David Lynch
Record Planes
Rhode Island Toolmakers
Rich Arnold Vintage Tools gallery of early English wooden planes
The Sargent Planes Page
The Saw Set Collector's Resource
Scales & Weights collection of historical scales and weights from the past 3000 years
Scientific American 1845-1909
The Society for the Preservation of Old Mills (SPOOM)
Spiral Screwdriver Patents
Surveyors Historical Society
Trinders' Fine Tools (including guides to Norris and Mathieson planes)
Vaughan & Bushnell Planes
Vintage Machinery (including classified ads for machines)
Virtual Museum of Surveying
Working by Hand blog
The Wrenching News
Online resource for historic preservation (PreservationDirectory.com)
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)
BooksAndTools (Ron Radice)
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)
Heritage Tool Co. (Yakima, WA)
Hyperkitten Tool Company (Joshua Clark, Oxford, CT)
Inchmartine Tool Bazaar (Perth, Scotland)
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)
Laurel Leaf Farm (Princeton, WI)
NH Plane Parts and The Vintage Tool Shoppe (Eric Robinson, Fremont, NH)
Old Tools Ltd (East Sussex, UK)
Re-Tool The Tool Consignment Place (Pompton Plains, NJ)
Sydnas Sloot (Sandy Moss, SE Massachusetts)
TakeADip Vintage Tools (Bob Garay, Lake Hopatcong, NJ)
Tesseract Early Scientific Instruments (David & Yola Coffeen, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
Timeless Tools & Treasures (Jane Butler, Antrim, NH)
TimeTestedTools (Don Wilwol)
The Tool Exchange (Australia)
The Tool Store at the Woodwright's School (Ed Lebetkin, Pitssboro, NC)
Union Hill Antique Tools (Steve Johnson, Seattle, WA)
Used Tools Plus (Charlie's 2nd Hand Store, Denver, CO)
Vintage Resurrection (Las Vegas, NV)
VintageSaws (Broadview Heights, OH)
Vintage Tools (J.D. Isaacs, Richland, WA)
Vintage Tool Shop (Stalbridge, Dorset, UK)
Vintage Vials (Stephen Sedor, Mechanicsburg, PA)
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 RETAILERS
(more to come)
Barr Specialty Tools (Barr Quarton)
Benchcrafted
M.S. Bickford Reproduction 18th Century Moulding Planes (Haddam Neck, CT)
Elia Bizzarri Chairmaking tools and supplies (Hillsborough, NC)
Blackburn Tools (Isaac Smith)
Blue Spruce Toolworks (Strongsville, OH)
Bridge City Tool Works (Montclair, CA)
Classic Hand Tools (Suffolk, UK)
Bill Carter Woodworking Planemaker (Leicester, UK)
Henry Eckert Toolworks (Australia)
Florip Tool Works (Erik Florip)
Glen-Drake Toolworks (Fort Bragg, CA)
Iida Tool (Osaka, Japan) Japanese tools
Joseph Haesche (Branford, CT) old world plumb bobs
Hamilton Toolworks (Jeff Hamilton, Springdale, AR)
Heartwood Tools (Georgetown, TX) US sales of H.N.T. Gordon and other makers
Highland Woodworking (Atlanta, GA)
H.N.T. Gordon & Co. (Australia)
Hock Tools (Fort Bragg, CA)
Karl Holtey Classic Hand Planes (Lairg, Sutherland, Scotland)
Caleb James
Richard Kell (Northumberland, England)
Andrew Klein
Lake Erie Toolworks (Erie, PA)
Lie-Nielsen Toolworks (Warren, ME)
Old Street Tool, Inc. (formerly Clark & Williams) - Planemaker
Peavy Manufacturing Co. (Eddington, ME)
Philly Planes (Phil Edwards, Dorset, UK)
Plate 11 Workbench Co. (Mark Hints)
Red Rose Reproductions - Traditional Woodworking Tools & Molding Planes
Sauer & Steiner Toolworks
Skelton Saws (Shane Skelton, North Yorkshire, UK)
Shelter Tools (Woolrich, ME)
Oliver Sparks, Maker  (UK)
Stanley Black and Decker (corporate site)
Sterling Tool Works (Chris Kuehn)
Tools For Working Wood (Brooklyn, NY) retailers and makers of:
BT&C (Brooklyn Tool & Craft)
Gramercy Tools
Union Manufacturing Company (Boyertown, PA)
Veritas Tools (Canada)
Vesper Tools (Chris Vesper, Carrum Downs, Australia)
Jeremiah Wilding Reproduction Wooden Hand Planes (Colorado)
 
WOODWORKING ASSOCIATIONS & OTHERS
In New Jersey:
Central Jersey Woodworkers Association
DelVal Turners
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
Water Gap Woodturners (AAW chapter in northwest NJ)
Woodworkers' Guild of South Jersey
Elsewhere:
American Association of Woodturners
American Craft Council
Artist-Blacksmith's Association of North America (ABANA)
Blue Mountain Antique Gas & Steam Engine Association (Jacktown Grove)
Bucks Woodturners (Bucks County, PA)
Delaware Valley Old Time Power & Equipment Association
League of New Hampshire Craftsmen
New England Blacksmiths
Northeastern Woodworkers Association
Rocky Mountain Smiths
Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM)
Woodworker's Guild of Rhode Island
Washington Woodworkers Guild  (D.C.)
 
CRAFT SCHOOLS
In New Jersey:
American Woodcarving & Art School (Wayne, NJ)
The DIY Joint (Hoboken, NJ)
Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair (Freehold, NJ)
Maplewoodshop woodworking instruction for children (East Orange, NJ)
Mr. Sawdust School of Professional Woodworking (Hackettstown, NJ)
New Jersey School of Woodwork (Washington, 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)
Anderson Ranch Arts Center  (Snowmass Village, CO)
Appalachian Center for Craft, a campus of the School of Art, Craft & Design within the College of Fine Arts, Tennessee Tech (Smithville, TN)
The Apprenticeshop (Rockland, ME)
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)
The Furniture Society 
Haystack Mountain School of Craft (Deer Isle, ME)
Jeff Lefkowitz Ladderback Chairmaking Classes  (Strasburg, VA)
John C. Campbell Folk School (Brasstown, NC)
The Krenov School at Mendocino College (Fort Bragg, CA) Formerly part of College of the Redwoods
Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking (Dandridge, TN)
Lohr School of Woodworking (Schwenksville, PA)
Maine Coast Workshop (Camden, ME)
Marc Adams School of Woodworking (Franklin, IN)
Mary May's School of Traditional Woodcarving (online courses)
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)
Port Townsend School of Woodworking (Port Townsend, WA)
Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (Phoenix, AZ)
Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program (Williamsburg, MA)
Southwest School of Woodworking (Phoenix, AZ)
Vermont Woodworking School (Fairfax, VT)
Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School (Charlottesville, VA)
The WoodenBoat School (Brooklin, ME)
The Woodworking School at Pine Croft (Berea, KY)
The Woodwright's School (Roy Underhill) (Pittsboro, NC)
 
International
The English Woodworker (online courses)
Furniture Craft School (Peter Quin)  (Scotney Castle, England)
Haliburton School of Art + Design, Fleming College (Haliburton, Ontario, Canada)
Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking (Roberts Creek, British Columbia, Canada)
Rosewood Studio (Perth, Ontario, Canada)
The Urban Woodworker (North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
Waters & Acland Fine Furniture Workshop and Furniture School (Staveley, Kendal, UK)
  
MISCELLANEOUS
Offerman Wood Shop
Steve Johnsons Antique Technology
US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory Wood Identification Public Service
Wood and Shop Featuring Frank Klausz videos
The Woodworking Shows
 
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