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

  • Detroit Tool Co. Robin is looking for a hand wheel and information on this combination,  anvil, vice and blower. If you can help Robin please reply to by phone or email through Contact Details above.This is a combination blacksmiths anvil, vice and blower that recently came out from the Uk, made by the Detroit Tool Co., 26" long x 6.5" wide x 9.5" high and weighing in at about 25 kilos.  I am chasing any information regarding this company and the combination machine, and also a  spare hand wheel to replace the one that is missing for the blower unit, this would have been about 6.5" in diameter to match the existing wheel that is on the vice. In ...
    Posted Sep 20, 2017, 8:37 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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  • Cook V Gedge Some say Cook, others Gedge.We’ve all seen these auger bits with their curved cutting lips, some of us may have wondered why some manufacturers refer to them as Cooks Patent bits and others call them Gedges Pattern. To all intents and purposes they are exactly the same.                                                            Basically, it’s down to where they were made, USA or UK, American catalogues, such as James Swan 1920,  call them Cook’s Patent,  while in the 1933 Mathiesons of Glasgow catalogue they are Gedges Pattern.                   Cook and Gedge bits with varying pitch  lead screws.             R. Cook 1851 patent drawing. To clear up the confusion these are the facts.                                                                                                                                                                        Ransom Cook of Saratoga Springs New York, USA, was granted a patent ...
    Posted Oct 31, 2020, 5:03 PM by Geoff Emms
  • RIGGING A SCHOONER - PART 1 - THE MAST. Robin Hicks.The mast that I had at the Perth Working With Wood Show last year was one of two masts that were built for the schooner "Willie" in my work-shop between July and September of 2019. Built in 1984 for Tony Larrard, Willie was of round bilge steel construction and was the last sailing vessel to be built for the Broome Pearl Fishery. Her design was based on a 1900 pearling master’s vessel, schooner rigged, 50 tonnes and 68'0" long on deck. I did work on all of Tony's vessels from the early '70's, until he passed away several years ago. Willie was the only one that I did not work on, my father ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2020, 3:41 PM by Geoff Emms
  • Cox's Patent Auger Bit. In 1903 Edward Thomas Cox of Yering, Victoria, received a patent for an improved wood boring auger.(Aus' Pat 13195) He also patented his auger in Great Britain (GB190315070), France and on January 3rd 1905 in USA (US778845).The basis of his patent is the lead screw which is a long flat twist that terminates at the inner edge of both the cutters. It appears to be constructed from an extension of the auger formed as an elongated triangle, similar to a spear point, given a single twist to form a lead screw. The design of his lead screw is quite evident and differs from that of a Scotch bit, which coarse lead screw terminates at one cutter only. Cox ...
    Posted May 23, 2020, 11:48 PM by Geoff Emms
  • Bailey No 11 Split Frame Spokeshave Spokeshave No 11.." Patent No 55,599...1866 “. as heading describes is actually a frame split in half, as it was a time the industry was determined to be first with new inventions - one only has to look how many patent numbers were applied for.Each part of the frame was marked numbered by dimples, or later model by numerals to match the parts of each shave. This shave was only in production for a very short time, as it had problems with the cast iron pressure bar cracking under pressure as the brass thumb screws were tightened. To alleviate the problems, later models were introduced with a brass pressure bar. But that wasn't the only problem; the split ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2020, 3:35 PM by Geoff Emms
  • NOT JUST ANOTHER STANLEY BLOCK PLANE.... The No 60 series of low Angle Block Plane, were primary designed, for freely planing end and cross grains, hence the low angle, and the sharpening degree of the blades 20° for the No’s 60 & 61 and 12° for the No 60½.                                              Now just a little diversion, but I will get to the point. My knowledge of block planes, was very limited, that is besides using them. So I decided to give my brain a bit of exercise, and do a full Case Study on the No’s 9½ series block planes, these cover the No’s 9¼ & 9¾ tailed version. But soon came to the conclusion, that it also covers the No’s 15, 15½ , 16 , 16½ , & 17 ...
    Posted Mar 16, 2020, 3:36 PM by Geoff Emms
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