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amberley hall 1The Tools and Trades History Society is an educational charity, whose aim is to further the knowledge and understanding of hand tools and the trades in which they were used.


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Do you have any period tools which you would be prepared to lend for an exhibition on Thomas Chippendale in February to May 2018? 

The Regional Furniture Society and Chippendale Society have organised an exhibition to mark Thomas Chippendale’s life and works. The exhibition is now scheduled for Feb - May 2018, at the Leeds Museum. 

TATHS has agreed to provide a display for the exhibition, which is planned to be a reconstruction of an 18th century cabinetmaker's tool bench with related tools. This will include the original Seaton Chest, on loan and there will be wall space to add graphics and wall mounted items, plus floor space in front for a marquetry donkey or similar.

 Jonathan Green Plumb is organising the TATHS display and would like to hear from you if you have any relevant items you would be prepared to loan. Transport and mailing costs will be covered by the exhibition.

 Jane Rees advises that the tools which would be used by an 18th Century furnituremaker would include:

  • Small dado planes
  • Small moulding planes
  • Follow-on beads
  • Reed planes
  • Cock bead planes, both single and double
  • Cock bead fillister
  • Draw bottom planes
  • Rule / table joint planes
  • Dovetail planes
  • Bookcase planes
  • V-joint plane
  • Mitre planes.

Jonathan is particularly interested in hearing from anyone who can help on tools and information about contemporary upholstery techniques, as we have been asked to provide a small display on this aspect as well.

If you think you can help,please get in touch with Jonathan. His email is: greenplumb@btinternet.com