what happens when you hold a tool - your fingers form an intimate bond between you and the tool. It is a marriage of intellect and an inanimate object. Suddenly the tool becomes alive and performs...
R.J. DeCristoforo - Handtool Handbook for Woodworking (USA 1977)
The Hand Tool Preservation Association of Australia, an incorporated not-for-profit organisation, has something to offer you by encouraging these interests and perhaps reviving earlier memories. As a heritage group we provide a forum for discussing traditional tools and the way in which artisans of the past worked with these tools, recognising the skill and ingenuity of their efforts.
The HTPAA meet at Box Hill Community Arts Centre (BHAC) on the third Tuesday of alternate months, starting from January. Meetings usually have a speaker on a topic of interest to members, and guests are always welcome to attend. For more information: Meetings.
The HTPAA has an association with the Box Hill Institute of TAFE (BHIT), whereby the HTPAA extensive library of Tools and Trade-related books and literature will be indexed in the BHI library catalogue. This specialised collection of books is unparalleled in Australia and members will be able to order books online for personal pickup, or pickup from HTPAA bi-monthly meetings. The BHIT community and the public will have access to the collection as a reference library.
The HTPAA thanks the Whitehorse City Council for their continued support in providing a meeting venue at a subsidised rate.