Hand Tool Preservation
Association of Australia Inc

Carter Tools is another tool manufacturer that filled the gap in hand tool imports caused by wartime shortages after WWII. From our observations and those of other Australian tool experts, it is clear that they were made to a range of quality standards. They can range from the very rough and basic # C4 through a well made and finished C1 to a vernier circumference finder of superb finish.

Carter planes exhibit a high degree of variation in castings (size, thickness and name placement), adjusting screws, blade (shape and markings) and lever cap design. Many of the variations can no doubt be attributed to Carter Tools' use of different foundries.

Thanks to Rod Thomas for the images on this page.

Some further additional information can be found at: The Village Woodworker


The HTPAA welcomes any additional information, pictures and ephemera relating to these tools or any other Australian Makers.

Contact the Australian Collection Curator.

Tools and Trades Day

HTPAA's Tools and Trades Day is on July 7th 2018 9.00 am to 4.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall (Tool Sale location).
The 2018 Day features nine expert speakers who will discuss and demonstrate their tools in the trades of colonial cabinet making, coopering, jewelry making, harness making, the early mechanics tools, pattern making, plumbing and shipwright/sail making.
For more information see the Tool and Trade Day page.

Next Tool Sale

The next Tool Sale is on Sunday 8th July 2018 9.00 am to 12.30 pm at St Anthony's Parish Hall 164-168 Neerim Rd (corner Neerim & Grange Rds), Carnegie
Melway Ref. 68 F4 or see the map here. For more information see the Tool Sale page.

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