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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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Our latest TATHS publication Yarns from the Ropeworks is now available for purchase. This is a fascinating and often amusing account of the production of rope and yarns by the firm of D.F.Ellwood and Son. 62 pages describing the fibres used, the processes in rope making and a history of the firm by David Ellwood.

Price including postage is £9.30 UK, £12.00 Europe and £13.10 Rest of World.




We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of copies of a book by Chris How, Historic French Nails and Fixings. This is a 126 page work covering tools and techniques, nails and their characteristics, nailmaking, rivets and door nails and early screws and bolts.


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Price including postage for this rare book is £21.80 UK, £25.20 Europe and £28.00 Rest of World.

We have been asked to put on a display at  Fishbourne Roman Palace Near Chichester on Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018.

It is called the "Ancient Gardens Event “and we will be displaying  garden and agricultural tools. I will set up the display but would like help with manning this event.

It is an opportunity for us to look around the site if we get enough volunteers.

Please contact: Mike Rogers

Tel Mob : 07508637441 or e-mail michaelrog@hotmail.co.uk

Another gem of a find, courtesy of Andy Tuckwell and Andy Brown.  A price list from the Leicester branch of the National Master Wheelwright's, Smiths, Coach and Motor Body Builder's Association. There is so much information contained in these pages - take a look! 




On Saturday 3 June Richard Arnold opened his workshop once again to facilitate another event to raise funds for the Macmillan Cancer Support Charity.

Our latest publication  Gimlet Patterns and Manufacture is now available for purchase by non members in the Shop section of the website.

Working With Hand Tools - The Traditional Way

The Radstock Museum is mounting an exhibition of tools, featuring twelve of the trades that were carried out in the Radstock, Midsomer Norton and Bath area.