Antique Tool Auction: The Granddad of All Sales
An antique-tool historian looks for a great deal
Synopsis: When he’s not making furniture, Garrett Hack is scouring flea markets and auctions and writing books on antique tools. In this article, he describes his experience at the International Tool Auction in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where you can find the best of the best. Seasoned collectors and beginning woodworkers can both find reliable and complete tools here. Hack describes the history of the auction, introducing the reader to the originator of the sale, what it’s like to handle or take apart tools there on the spot, and how you can take something home for a realistically affordable price. You can also shop the dealers, visit with friends, and witness dramatic, high-dollar drama in the auction room.
Twenty-five years ago, I didn’t know a Bedrock from a Bailey, a Sargent from a Stanley or a Collins from a Keen Kutter, but older tools were cheap, and I bought plenty.…