The Hand Tool Preservation Society of Western Australia meets to discuss the latest finds in old hand tools, and to show off recent purchases. The hand tools are not restricted to any particular profession, era, quality or function. Join the club to meet with enthusiasts with similar interests, and learn more about your tools.


Monthly meetings showing off new acquisitions

There are many opportunities throughout the year to buy and sell tools, as well as for finding out about the obscure and strange. We also participate in a number of festivals and shows, allowing members to discuss and demonstrate to members of the public.

For more details, including annual fees, please refer to the Contact Details page. 

Recent News

  • Vale: Frank Bowyer. Frank was a long time member and our raffle organiser for many years. A coppersmith by trade, serving his apprenticeship at Midland Railway workshops he was always generous with his knowledge and ever ready to chat about tools.
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 2:39 PM by Geoff Emms
  • Coopering Long Planes Member Robin is looking for any information about these long planes. He would like information on the lengths, timbers, construction methods and anything else about them. If you have any information available for Robin, or some photographs of any such items in your collection, please contact us.Contact details for the club are listed on the Contact Details page.
    Posted Jan 30, 2013, 5:37 PM by Hand Tools Preservation Newsletter
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  • Hert Varken. (pre 1740) This is a Dutch plane which gave difficulties for the English translator for it is called “The Pig”. The reference book ‘Four Centuries of Dutch Planes and Planemakers’ has illustrations of the pre 1740 plane. One can see small holes front and back which were for depth pins, the horn at the front is for someone to pull the plane as is the hole at the toe which allows a rope to be used. This is thought to be a non adjustable plane because the single skate appears to need a locating track.             The illustration of the post 1740 Varken shows an adjustable depth stop. Also two holes which are for the posts of the adjustable fenceThis is the ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2017, 3:19 PM by Geoff Emms
  • Heritage. It’s All In The Story How many times do we wonder if only the tools could talk. Recently we were donated some very plain well used and mostly ordinary every day tools that belonged to their Grandfather-Frazer Paterson Henderson 1894 to 1963 Frazer, from Scottish parents was an apprentice carpenter in Kalgoorlie/ Boulder before enlisting with the AIF in October 1915 and served with the 4th and 15th Field engineers. Whilst fighting in Marseilles he was wounded  and returned to battle on two occasions ,was returned to England  and repatriated with” debility” in 1918 and discharged in 1919. He returned to WA and worked on a family orchard , was married in 1920 ,Worked for DJ Chipper ...
    Posted Oct 28, 2016, 2:47 PM by Geoff Emms
  • The Pin Stapling Tool.  The Pin Stapling Tool is a pair of pliers that cuts the ends off an ordinary brass or copper pin, bends it into a U shape then allows you to staple your papers together in the normal manner.                                                                                                                                                Patented in the USA on July 14th 1896 (563970) by James Keyes and Herman Lee of New York, the instructions with the tool are that steel pins are not to be used. This example, purchased locally, has suffered a slight amount of damage to one side of the jaw where the pin is inserted. Regardless of this damage the tool still works perfectly.                                                                                                         Pin is inserted in the hole in the bottom jaw, across and out the hole on the other side ...
    Posted Jul 5, 2016, 2:43 AM by Geoff Emms
  • Slide Rules. Sliderules: The What and How.   A slide rule recently rescued from the tip as reported at a recent meeting begs the questions – what are slide rules, and how do they work?   Mankind on the Moon: Slide rules were used for space program calculations, indeed some were  actually taken on the missions – in case calculations needed to be made (all of the astronauts were slide rule literate), in the photo, the astronaut is wearing a slide rule watch.  Lord Merchiston (John Napier 1550 - 1617) was concerned with the time it took to perform calculations – they had to be done using pen and paper, long division and multiplication – a very time consuming business. Extracting square and cube roots were a real trial ...
    Posted Jun 1, 2016, 4:20 PM by Geoff Emms
  • Nuts and Bolts. What you always wanted to know about Nuts and Bolts By Bob Wallis (non-engineer) June 2016 NUTS & BOLTS Once upon a time I was fascinated with the history of how nuts and bolts evolved along with threads, yes, Joseph Whitworth sorted the threads out, but the profile of the bolt heads got me. I believed the square nuts were replaced by the hexagonal about 1900 – Wrong! The hex head was developed as far back as the very early 1830’s (James Nasmith) , and the square continued mainly in the production of agricultural implements.  In Australia the implement manufacturers bought square mild steel bars and made their own, say into the 30’s (Depression).  1/4" Gutter bolts with square ...
    Posted May 25, 2016, 7:11 PM by Geoff Emms
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