There are many forms of information on antique tools out there, ranging from books and trade organisations along with a scattering of good and not-so-good web pages online. It can be frustrating at times is to determine whether the information needed is hidden in the deeper pages of publications or not. I’ve got many books and it’s a growing collection in itself but many things about tools are learned through conversations between fellow collectors or through tool dealers.
All good information online should be tested and debated where possible in search of the definitive truth and the forums and member’s comments will enhance many topics for more in-depth insight. There have been so many new facts that have emerged over time and regardless of how much we think we know there are occasions new information comes to hand.
The ever-changing marketplace of antique tools is the most fascinating element that is more often the main attraction to many and the reason they get interested in the subject of antique tools. The fun is always in the hunt and having the knowledge to make the right decisions. This is why we have included a dedicated forum for members so that they can communicate freely to share knowledge that some have obtained through experience.
Our memberships also allow for a level of investment to be allocated to the research and development of further information. It also creates a budget towards further content and the tools that will allow those involved to expand upon. We intend to work on this as the membership grows but like all good things it takes time and effort to achieve.
Our goal is to eventually build a library of information regarding makers and the tools they made. The content will be wide and long that’s for sure and will take many years to amass and collaborate here within this website.
Each membership is in itself a vote of confidence and provides the encouragement to continue with the arduous task of multiple testing cycles that building a website of this magnitude takes to complete. It’s probably why nothing like this website has been built for the topic of antique tools before now. But then when it comes to antique tools specifically there has always been a distinguished resilience that has always separated this topic from the rest of the antique world.
We hope those passionate about this subject will get involved and we have also created the facilities in which members can easily write and contribute to the wider audience and future generations. It’s impossible for one person to be an expert in so many different areas and the benefit of those with specific knowledge is to help others understand why they find that aspect so fascinating.
This website could truly become a place to retreat to learn and share knowledge whilst also drawing in the very tools that are wanted by the collectors who use it.