As a free gift to members and indeed to anyone who logs on to our website, we are pleased to publish online a delightful little catalogue from 1921: Watts' "Clasps and Toe Plates  - Cloggers and Shoemakers Tools and Accessories"

Go and have a look, even if this is not your area of interest  (You can find it under Tools &Trades/Downloads).  How many other websites offer you a choice of Pigs Feet (See page 10)? 

TATHS is very proud of the collection of tool catalogues which its members have built up over many years.  We have issued two CDs of scanned catalogues to members and you can still buy these in the online shop. In addition, we are making additional catalogues available  to members. Just log into the members part of the site and go to Historic Catalogues on the drop down menu. We will be publishing more catalogues shortly and we are working with fellow website owners to produce a comprehensive index to online tool catalogues.   




Saturday 1st  & Sunday 2nd April 2017

Our annual conference in 2017 will be held in and around  Worcester. The venue is the Bank House Hotel, Bransford, Worcester WR6 5JD.

There will be the usual  time for tools and chat with members, plus several good lectures.  Also  the ever popular Tool Auction and Conference Dinner. 

The provisional programme can be found here: 2017 Conference provisional programme 

To register your interest (without commitment) and to obtain a booking form, please fill in this form and return it to Steve Dowling by the end of January 2017. 2017 Conference request for further details 

Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way

The Radstock Museum has asked me, representing TATHS, to mount an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.

For a short period only, we are offering the chance to purchase three of our publications at bargain prices. These books would make excellent presents to yourself or someone else.

Museum of English Rural Life – Grand Opening

I was privileged  to be invited to theThe Grand Opening of the newly refurbished museum on 18 October 2016.

An amusing piece of satirical writing which Brian Read discovered in The Illustrated Carpenter & Builder for 1891. It explains many things about my present house!