The Vintage Hand Tool *Extravaganza*
Saturday the 16th October 2021 was the appointed day for holding the First of what is hoped will become a regular event, to be held in October and April each year!
Previously postponed from the previous two years, due the the covid problems we have all been restricted by.
With free entry and free car parking, the location was The Village Hall, Carlton Scroop, midway between Grantham and Lincoln, in the south of Lincolnshire.
Meet the attendee Tool Dealers -
David Burman from Norfolk,
Robert Leach from Old Hand Tools,
Brian Jackson the Norris Plane man,
Adam Ashworth an up and coming wood-carving knife and axe maker,
and of course, the 'other' Robert McPhail, owner of Old Tool Mart.
As well as being able to look at and buy the tools, we had the space and opportunity to stage various demonstrations and displays
* Fanbird carving by Gary Joynt, aka 'The Wobbly Bodger'
* Bushcraft and Greenwood expert Martin Rollins demonstrating the use of his collection of tools used in Greenwoodworking, and spoon carving.
* Lincolnshire Woodturners represented by their President John Ingamells ably assisted by Ray, showing the range and scope that can be achieved on a wood turning lathe.
* Display of many rare and unusual hand tools, collected over the years by Andy Brown, known famously amongst the 'Rhykenologists' for his set of mother planes, used for making wooden moulding planes
* Richard Arnold with his amazing collection of 18th century British wooden planes and also the wonderful Saws hand-made by Shane Skelton in Yorkshire.
* An outstanding selection of Chariot Planes curated and restored by Tim Smith.
For everyone's delectation, whilst browsing the wares, watching the demonstrations or studying the displays, there were delicious slices of home-made cakes, served with a cuppa! All cheerfully provided by Valerie and Susie.
Starting at 10.oo am and ran until 3.00 pm, the day was busy from the get-go.
It presented a great opportunity to meet up with like-minded tool enthusiasts, meeting up with old friends and customers, and making many new ones!
Photographs were meant to be taken at regular points in the day, but due to the constant influx of visitors, only a few actually got taken! They give a flavour of what was happening.
Quite a few TATHS membership forms were handed out to prospective new members, many of whom were not aware of the society's existence until today! If you need more details please go to www.taths.org.uk for more information.
Now, starting to plan for next April's - as soon as we know, you will know.
Looking forward to seeing many new faces there and then!
Regards, Robert - Old Tool Mart