I have collected
woodworking tools for over 30 years and am always on the lookout
for yard sales, lawn sales, and any person who can direct to old
In my travel through Amenia, NY as a salesman, I drove by
a home with assorted items in the driveway and a small sign
stating “Garage Sale”. Quickly turning around, I pulled in the
drive and found the homeowner, an elderly gentleman in a
wheelchair talking to several people about his items for sale.
Looking over a
collection of boxes, I saw nothing of promise in the way of
tools. The homeowner came wheeling over and asked what I was
looking for. Any collector worth his salt has a short list of
tools he or she is searching for and I was looking for a
Coachmaker’s traveler for measuring the circumference of wagon
and carriage wheels for the iron band.
little old man would have no clue what I wanted, I
half-heartedly told him what I was looking for and he abruptly
said, “Oh, I have one of those”. Shocked but now my interest
piqued, I asked where it was. The man directed me to move a
number of boxes and to my surprise there was a bronze traveler
in a small box among the clutter.
Barely able to
contain my excitement I asked, “How much for this?. The man
said, “I have to get eight dollars for this one”. The cash was
out of my pocket before you could say, “what a bargain”.
This took place
back in 1993 and I still don’t know if I could top this one for
I have been an
avid antique tool collector since 1978, when I purchased a
number of tools from a retired patternmaker who took me under
his wing and instructed me on how to use and care for chisels,
saws, and planes.
My interest in
collecting led to a hobby in woodworking and today I mix the use
of traditional hand tools with modern stationary and portable
power tools in making furniture in my free time. I am fascinated
with how much there is to learn in woodworking and have not
committed to a particular specialty. I want to explore bowl
turning, chip carving, marquetry, veneering, inlay, and so much
By day I am an
executive sales representative with Andersen Windows. As you may
expect, my list of projects is far greater than my time permits
to build, but that is the advantage of being an amateur and not
depending upon my woodworking for a living.
I hope someday
to retire and spend my workdays in my garage / shop.