I am not a tool collector, but I do love vintage woodworking hand tools. For me there is a lot of satisfaction in owning and using tools that still function well after the passage of many years. I greatly admire the patina that well cared for old tools acquire - wood and metal surfaces that have grown lovely through long time handling and use. I also have great fondness for the wonderful tool manufacturer's catalogs and advertisements of yesteryear.
Most of my tools were, and are, of 1920s and 1930s vintage, being the favorite ones I used during my employment in the woodworking trade (1947-1950), later as a woodworking hobbyist and that I still use for home maintenance projects.
These pages are not intended to encompass all vintage woodworking tools - rather the ones I depict and describe here represent typical tools that I have owned and used during my lifetime.