I honestly don’t think I have ever seen as many people at the TotT recently. It was almost hard to move inside, people were everywhere, at least for the first 90 minutes or so. There was a good selection of tools, however I’ll have to be honest and say that I didn’t find much of anything that really appealed to me. I ended up with a booklet on Stanley’s combination planes, and an early Stanley No.18 block plane. I am either looking for block planes that are hard to find, or European tools (and the only ones you can really find are Eskilstuna chisels sets that are still a bit too rich for my taste). My goal is to eventually replicate some of the European wooden planes (largely the ones from the Nordic countries), but I digress…
Ironically there were an abundance of combination planes, mostly Stanley’s: 55’s, 45’s etc. – and I didn’t see too many people lugging them about. A bunch of vises, lots of axes, chisels, and of course bench planes galore (and moulding planes too, by the bucket load). I don’t need too many more bench planes (block planes *don’t count*), and I generally don’t buy saws. There are some super cool bench planes there….
The one cool thing I saw was a 6 foot Starrett caliper which some guy was trying to sell… if I had known he would take $125, I would have scooped it up! But I was a tad too late. There was also a blacksmith there, and he looked to have some really cool stuff (see pic below), from handmade holdfasts, to saws, and dividers.
It was a fun couple of hours, but sometimes the fall show is a little better than the spring show. Next we’re off to the Christie Antiques Show in May (not for tools), and then if I’m lucky maybe I’ll scrounge up some tools on our summer trip to Scotland.