Why Join the “Mid-West Tool Collectors Association”?

//Why Join the “Mid-West Tool Collectors Association”?

A few weeks ago I was invited to attended a huge and jaw dropping tool swap in North Carolina and ran into Ed Hobbs, president of the North Carolina chapter of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association – the organization that put on the tool swap and meeting.  Ed gladly took a few minutes to explain how fun and beneficial the MWTCA is to tool lovers like me.


I think the biggest benefit that I was able to witness (in addition to the Grist Mill publication) is the nation’s largest tool swaps, or tool sales. They’re held all over the United States and Canada (here are the locations)! It’s a great way to make friends with people who are knowledgeable about woodworking hand tools and one of the best way to find good deals on hand tools.

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In the next video I’ll do a tour of the mouth watering tool swap where I purchased some very beautiful woodworking hand tools! (Update: click here to view the tool swap blog post). Here’s a few photos to get you excited:


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Antique tool chest with wooden hand planes






About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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