Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

conference audienceEvery two years the HTPAA hosts the Tools and Trades Day, a day devoted to hand tools and the work they performed in various bygone trades.

The 2018 Tools and Trades Day features nine expert speakers who will discuss and demonstrate their tools in the trades of colonial cabinet making, coopering, jewelry making, harness making, the early mechanics tools, pattern making, plumbing and shipwright/sail making.

Where and When:

The venue is St Anthony’s Parish Hall complex on the corner of Neerim and Grange Roads, (168 Neerim Road) Caufield East, Victoria (see map here).

Registration opens at 8.30 am for a 9.00 am start and the day finishes around 4.30 pm. Afternoon/morning teas and lunch are included. Parking is available in the Church grounds opposite and in the adjacent streets.

Speakers include:

  • Peter Mcbride - custom jeweler, speaking on jewelry making tools
  • Brian Williams - mechanical engineer, speaking of the tools of the patternmaker
  • Tony Adams - from a family of coopers and speaking on the traditional tools
  • Dr. John Hawking - wrench collector and author speaking on early Australian spanner makers
  • Brian Pinches - heavy horse enthusiast speaking on harness making and leather tools
  • Rick Mitchell - shipwright and historical ship restorer speaking on shipwright/sailmaking tools
  • Peter Jensen - master plumber speaking on how the trade’s tools have evolved
  • Ian Stagg - HTPAA Past President will present the “Frank Ham Oration”

Cost and Payment:

The cost for the day is $65 for HTPAA members and $75 for guests.

Payment can be made either by EFT to the Commonwealth Bank:

  • Account name: HTPAA
  • BSB 063-142  Acct 1007 7921
  • Reference "Toolday + your surname”

or by cheque mailed to - HTPAA Inc. PO Box 4021 McKinnon Victoria 3204

or by payment at the door on registration.

Tool Sale:

Attendees at the Tool and Trades Day are welcome at the HTPAA Members' Tool Sale to be held immediately after the event commencing at 6 pm at the same venue. There is a $5 entry charge for the Tool Sale. Over forty tables of tools will be presented.

Anyone wanting more information should contact Dick Lynch on mobile 0419 392 042 or

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 17th March 2019 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Caulfield East
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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