Tool Sources

Last updated 2/5/03
Where to acquire tools, old, new and new old. There's also a special section on British suppliers.

Old tools

Listed here are sources of antique or just plain old tools, woodworking and otherwise. They're sorted out into email dealers, web dealers, mail-order dealers, auction services and plain old stores and such. Let me know if you're a dealer, or know a dealer, who'd like to be added. It's free, as a service to the old tool community. See the events page for specific events where tools will be sold. See also the EAIA page of member ads.

Please note: a listing here implies no endorsement from me, other than that I don't know of any fraud convictions. You should be careful when buying old or antique tools, especially when you can't inspect them in person. Things may have incorrect parts or hidden damage, and even the seller may not know about it. Ask about return policies, etc., when you buy.

Via email:

Patrick Leach
Author of the Stanley Blood & Gore. A wide range of old tools, from user bench planes to rare collectibles.
Pete Taran
Purveyor of fine vintage saws and saw maintenance tools; plus an online saw museum.
Tony Seo
Specializes in wooden planes and early tools. A recent for-sale list is here.
Michael Urness
A variety of older and recent tools. A copy of his for-sale list is here.
Bill Hermanek
Specializes in Stanley tools, but deals in other new, used, antique tools. List on request.
Don Boyer
Specializing in Stanley (and other) tools and rules, emphasis on condition. List available here.
Bob Johnson
A little bit of everything; list on request.
Jamey Leavenworth
Emphasis on hand forged tools; list on request.
Jim Cook
Mostly user-level planes, clean, ready to sharpen and go. Email list on request.
Bob Hall
Specializing in Stanley tools, esp. WWII vintage and transitionals. Email list on request.
Ralph Lipeles
Focus on user tools, with lists of Stanley planes, chisels and timber framing tools available on request. All tools disassembled and cleaned before sale.
Gayle Turner
Users and collectibles, especially chisels, handsaws, planes and Stanley. Email list on request.
Doug Evans
Stanley and British tools.

On the web:

Jon Zimmers
Quite likely the first WWW antique tool dealer. Jon also generously runs an antique tool want ad service.
Quite likely the second WWW antique tool dealer.
Bob Kaune
Almost certainly the third WWW antique tool dealer.
Larry Poffenberger
Bed Rock specialist; user and collector tools; Stanley and other makers.
Union Hill Antique Tools
Steve Johnson specializes in collector tools and ornamental turning.
Chuck Zitur
Chuck's page has lots of fine pictures of a wide assortment of tools.
The Tool Shop at the Hen House
The highest-tech tools-for-sale page yet, for better or for worse.
For Love or Money
Usable and collectible tools.
Vintage Tool House
Stanley specialists: mostly premium pieces at premium prices, plus some new Stanley planes and parts. The website is a selection from the print catalog, available at $12/6 issues.
Tools 'n Rules
Specializes in Stanley, Winchester, and Keen Kutter. Also boxwood and ivory rules. Nice site, lots of pix of the tools for sale.
Martin J. Donnelly Antique Tools
King of the rare and expensive, prettiest darn print catalog there is. Now selling tools on the web, and apparently studying the prose stylings of J. Peterman.
Trinders' Fine Tools
A British dealer of tools and books. Nice selection of infill planes, among other things.
Berkshire Wooden Boat
Plus some tools to make them. Currently unwebbed?
The Best Things
High quality user and collector tools, specializing in molding planes and British metal planes.
DUKK Antiques
Specializing in Stanley tools.
Tools Tools Tools
Jimmy Reina sells a variety of tools from his Berkeley location, including a specialty in tools for studio photography and film props.

Akbar 'n' Jeff's Tool Hut

Tom Bruce offers a little bit of everything, with an emphasis on user tools.

Alister Orme

Miscellanous user and collector tools.

Bob Brode

Good stuff, especially saws.

Hans Brunner

Tools from down under, including periodic absentee auctions.

Sandy Moss

Nice assortment of useful tools.
Planes from the Past
Mostly Stanley/Bailey. Some parts, too.

Tony Murland

Old and new tools. Priced including shipping, especially nice for those of us on this side of the pond.

Stan Faullin

Old tools (and lore), focusing on Stanley combo planes and parts.
Bruinsma & de Kruif
Old tools from the Netherlands. Feed your funky Dutch plane jones.
Inchmartine Tool Bazaar
A British source of tools and antiques.
Clarke Green
Miscellaneous woodworking tools, mostly users.

Steve Oswald

A few tools to start, nice big pictures.

Conventional mail order:

Most of these dealers offer subscriptions to a catalog. I've shown the most up-to-date subscription price I know; please let me know if you learn of any updates. Also let me know if your favorite dealer is missing.

Clarence Blanchard
27 Fickett Rd.
Pownal, ME 04069
(207) 688-4962
Specializing in metallic planes and woodworking tools. Now the publisher of the Fine Tool Journal, a quarterly publication that includes historical articles, handtool and book reviews, mail auctions, and Clarence's for-sale list.
- $27/4 issues

Bristol Design
(Charles Stirling)
14 Perry Rd.
Bristol BS1 5BG
011 44 117 929 1740

A wide range of old tools. Also has a catalog of new tools, including carving and green woodworking tools.
- $20/5 issues

The Catalog of American Wooden Planes
(Michael Humphrey)
46 Western Ave.
Sherborn, MA 01770
(508) 653-7181

A combination of a journal on wooden planes and a catalog. Planes of historical and practical interest.
- $16/4 issues

Martin J. Donnelly
P.O. Box 281
Bath, NY 14810
(800) 869-0695

The marketing king. The catalog is filled with gorgeous photos (formerly sepia=toned, in color for 1998) of perfect and expensive tools. One main catalog and sporadic updates each year.
- $23.95

Bill Gustafson
P.O. Box 104
Austerlitz, NY 12017

Specializing in wooden planes and timber framing tools.
- $25/5 issues of his mail-order auction catalog (color issues count as two). Free copy on request.

Bill Hermanek
31 Wildwood Lane
Smithtown, NY 11787
(516) 360-1216

Specializes in Stanley, but deals in other tools as well. List available on request.

Pete Niederberger
P.O. Box 887
Larkspur, CA 94977
(415) 925-8563

Antique tools and parts, specializing in Stanley parts.
- no list as far as I know.

Bud and Vera Steere
110 Glenwood Drive
N. Kingstown, RI 02852

A wide range of tools.
-$20/3 issues.

Tool Ads
P.O. Box 33
Hamilton, MT 59840
(406) 363-3805

Not a dealer, but a newsprint publication carrying ads from many small-scale dealers and individual collectors. Subscribers get to advertise three items free each month.
- $20/12 issues, or $35 for early delivery

Two Chiselers
(Bob Finch)
1864 Glen Moor Dr.
Lakewood, CO 80215
(303) 232-1932

A wide variety of tools at reasonable prices.
- $14/4 issues

Philip Whitby
2722 W. Union Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110
(303) 795-5650
-or, April thru October-
P.O. Box 1003
Kingston, NH 03848
(603) 642-4054

A nice mix of common and unusual tools.
- $10/3 issues

Tom Witte
P.O. Box 399
Front Street West
Mattawan, MI 49071
(616) 668-4161

A full line of old tools, especially strong in miniatures. Witte's store, open by appointment, is worth a visit. He also runs periodic auctions; see the events list for the latest.
- Current list $8.50.

Cliff Yaun
51 Nissen Lane
West Hurley, NY 12491
(914) 679-9206

Large selection, especially strong in wood and primitives.
- Current list $1.00.

Auction services:

See the event listing for the latest information I have on auctions.

Your Country Auctioneer, Inc.
Time & Strike Auction Gallery
112 Granite Street, P.O. Box 159
Allenstown, NH 03275

Richard Crane has recently sold this business, which runs a series of auctions, some of which have tool flea markets associated with them, throughout the year except for the dead of winter. Listings and catalogs for some of them are available by mail. They have a sideline in maple syrup.
Barry Hurchalla
RD 2, Box 558
Boyertown, PA 19512
(610) 323-0333
Several auctions a year, including one at the January M-WTCA meeting in York, PA.

Bill Spicer
276 Widow Sweets Rd.
Exeter, RI 02822
(401) 295-0339

Several auctions a year, lists and absentee bidding available.
Robert C. Eldred Co.
P.O. Box 796E
East Dennis, MA 02641
(508) 385-3116
As of 1996, Eldred's runs an annual February tool auction.
Tool Shop Auctions
78 High Street
Needham Market
Suffolk IP6 8AW
Tony Murland runs an annual international auction of tools ranging from ordinary to spectacular. Catalogs available by mail.
David Stanley Auctions
c/o The Mechanicks Workbench
P.O. Box 668
Marion, MA 02738
(508) 748-1680
David Stanley, another British dealer, has two international auctions per year. The Mechanicks Workbench handles U.S. catalog sales and consignments.
Brown Auction Services
(Clarence Blanchard)
27 Fickett Rd.
Pownal, ME
(800) 248-8114
An annual fall auction in Eastern Pennsylvania, in concert with a sale by other dealers. Catalogs available by mail.

Stores, etc. (i.e. you gotta go there):

I've been to only a few of these myself, but they've been recommended at times on rec.woodworking or elsewhere. A lot of them have irregular hours or are open by appointment. Call first.

New England

Antiques from Powder House Hill (Chet Sweatt)
RR 1 Box 1000 / Farmington, ME 04938
(207) 778-2946

Captain Tinkham's Emporium
Main St. / Searsport, ME 04974
(207) 548-6465

Hall Hardware & Trading Co. (Robt. Hall, Jr.)
31 Searsport Ave. P.O. Box D / U.S. Routes 1 & 3 / Belfast, ME 04915
(207) 338-1170

Hulls Cove Tool Barn
Breakneck Rd. / Hulls Cove, ME 04644
(207) 288-5126

Arms Antique Tools (David Arms)
P.O. Box 685 / 55 Main St. / Marion, MA 02738
(508) 748 0762

M. S. Carter Antiques
175 Market St. / Portsmouth, NH
(603) 436-1781

Liberty Hill Antiques
Rt. 106 / Reading, VT 05062
(802) 484-7710

The Liberty Tool Company
Main St. (at the Fire Station) / Liberty, ME 04949
(207) 589-4771


The House of Orange
29&31 Maryland Ave. / Annapolis, MD 21401
(410) 721-1808 / (301) 805-9088

The Tool Chest
45 Emerson Plaza East / Emerson, NJ 07630
(201) 261-8665

An Old Saw (Dennis & Shelly Newman)
Jackson, NJ
(908) 367-4633

B. J. Bond Jr.
P.O. Box 291 / Moorestown, NJ 08057
(609) 234-6553

Robert Gill
The Water Mill Wood Works
820 North Sea Mecox Rd.
Water Mill, N.Y. 11976

Ludwig's Scattered Treasures
Black Angus Antique Mall / Adamstown, PA
(215) 887-0512

Tools of All Trades (Jack Zimmerman)
RR2, Box 556 / Port Matilda, PA 16870
(814) 692-7691

Jake & Betty Novinger
1439 Rt. 209 / Millersburg, PA 17061
(717) 692-3059

Joy's Antiques
Little Britain Rd. / Quarryville, PA 17566
(717) 529-2693

Miller's Country Collectibles (Jason Miller)
215 Hartman Bridge Rd. / Ronks, PA 17572
(717) 687-0490


The Old Tool Shop (John Walter)
208 Front St. / Marietta, OH 45750
(614) 373-9973

Tom Witte's Antiques
P.O. Box 399 / Front St. West / Mattawan, MI 49071
(616) 668-4161

Glenbrier Antiques (Neil & Barb Stoll)
351 N. Dancer Rd. / Dexter, MI 48130
(313) 475-6780

Beaumont's Quality Tools (Beaumont Battle)
3539 W. 44th St. / Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 922-1954


Excelsior Tools (Eric Peters)
The Antique Centre / Dealer #5 / 2012 N. Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(602) 675-9500

Red's Tool Shed (Red Hilyard)
P.O. Box 787 / Stillwater, OK 74076
(405) 377-4327


Roger Drake
3644 San Gabriel Ln. / Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 682-6768

Tools 'n' Rules (David Zeidman)
2828 Newlands Ave. / Belmont, CA 94002 / (650) 591-4889

The Tool Guy (Dave Paling)
227 Ney St. / San Francisco, CA
(415) 334-7295

Grizzly Antiques (John Wells)
1162 Grizzly Peak Blvd. / Berkeley, CA 94708
(510) 848-3651 / Sent them a SASE, but they never sent me a list.

Rod Galster
4215 Arista St.
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 296-3672
also Unicorn Antique Mall
7th and J Streets, San Diego

New tools

See also the section on "new old" tools.

The William Alden Co.
27 Stuart St.
Boston, MA 02116
(800) 249-8665
Excellent prices on new Stanley tools.
Crystal Creek Mill Wood Products
P.O. Box 41
DeWitt, NY 13214
(315) 446-1229
Wooden screws and nuts for vises, etc.
Diefenbacher Tools European benches and bench tools.
Frog Tool Co. Ltd.
2169 IL Rt. 26
Dixon, IL 61021
(800) 648-1270
A good selection of hand tools, along with a large assortment of books. It costs $5 to get on their mailing list. I've been "on their mailing list" since early in 1995, and so far all I've received is a catalog printed in 1993.
Garrett Wade
161 Ave.of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
(800) 221-2942
A wide selection of hand tools at sometimes high prices. Includes some new wooden specialty planes.
Hida Tool Co.
(800) 443-5512
Japanese woodworking and gardening tools. Few pictures on the web pages, alas.
Hand American
Leather hones and honing compounds, including belts for power sanders.
Highland Hardware
1045 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(800) 241-6748
A good selection of hand tools, among other things. On the web now, but their online catalog is pretty skimpy in the handtools department.
The Japan Woodworker
1731 Clement Ave.
Alameda, CA 94501
(800) 537-7820
Specializes in Japanese tools, but carries some Western tools as well.
Lee Valley
1080 Morrison Dr.
Ottawa, Canada
(800) 267-8767
Affiliated with Veritas, the tool manufacturer. Shipping to the U.S. is efficient. One of the Lee clan, Rob Lee, is a regular contributor to rec.woodworking and is a willing email contact.
210 Wood County Industrial Park
P.O. Box 1686
Parkersburg, WV 26102
(800) 225-1153
A good selection of hand tools, among other things.

Also see the list provided by the Woodworking Catalog.

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