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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
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Upskill you knowledge and use of traditional tools
Have you looked in your garage or shed lately and found tools that you remember being given to you as a kid or maybe even tools that have been handed down from your dad or mum, and wonder to yourself what are these things and how do I use them.

Do you know what types of tools these are?


They may be cutting and edge tools, such as scythe or sickle implements that produce a shearing force along a narrow face. Or maybe they are gouges and drill bits. It might be a plane that is made of wood and has a metal blade. There are literally thousands of hand tools that are found in garages, sheds and workshops that people may not know what to do with or how to use them.

Do you have tools laying around at home and you don't know how to use them? Photo courtesy of TTTG.


If that is you and you would like to find out what the particular hand tool is and how to use it, The Traditional Tools Group (TTTG) will be able to help you discover the wonders of hand tools and how to use them.

TTTG is a not-for-profit society interested in traditional tools and skills and their members include artisans and amateurs, tool users and collectors. They hold six meetings per year at the National Trust Centre in Sydney. Throughout the year they publish 6 issues of NEWS and they also offer hands-on and real skills workshops (for a fee) throughout the year.

TTTG promotes the preservation of traditional tools and trade skills and runs workshops teaching these skills and their members are interested in quality hand tools and old machinery and in the use of tools and machines.

So how good would it be to be able to not only learn what type of hand tool you have, but to also learn how to use that particular tool.

UP & COMING HANDS ON WORKSHOPS FOR 2015.

• Fine Woodworking Skills.
Date: Saturday 18th of July
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Woodworking Joints.
Date: Saturday 8th of August.
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Rare Woodworking Tools.

Maybe you have some rare tools laying around at home?. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.


Date: Saturday 22nd of August
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Hand Saw Sharpening.

What kind of saw is this one & can I sharpen it? Photo courtesy of TTTG.


Date: Sunday 13th of September
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Metal Working Skills for Wood workers.
Date: Saturday 26th of September
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Sharpening Planes and chisels.

Learn how to sharpen and fine tune those planes & chisels you have at home. Photo courtesy of TTTG.


Date: Sunday 27th of September
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Fine Woodworking Skills.
Date: 10th of October
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• Tuning/Fettling Hand Planes.
Date: Sunday 11th of October
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $40 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

OTHER UP & COMING EVENTS.

TTTG will run throughout the year a number of other events that would be of interest to the avid traditional tool owner, user and collector. These are days that are put on where you can brush up on your skills of using a variety of tools; meet the makers and sellers of quality tools. You never know - you may find that special tool that in later years you want to hand down to your kids.

• Heritage Skills Day.

If you have the skills in using traditional tools you might like to help out. Photo courtesy of TTTG.


Date: Sunday 23rd of August
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $5 pp.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 4pm
For more information click here.

• End of Year Tool Swap.
Date: Sunday 13th of December. NOTE: Members only
Venue: Brush Farm House. Forster Hall. 19 Lawson Street Eastwood.
Cost: $5 pp.
Time: From 9.30am
For more information click here.

• TTTG Tool Sale 2016.

Do you have some tools you want to sell or maybe buy? Keep an eye out for the TTTG tool sale in 2016.Photo courtesy of TTTG.


Date: Sunday 28th of February 2016
Venue: The Brick Pit Sports Stadium. 1A Dartford Road Thornleigh.
Cost: $40 per table.
Time: Start at 9am – Finish at 1pm
For more information click here.

So there you have it - a complete list of workshops where you can hone up on your basic skills when it comes to using tools. Why not discover unusual tools and what they were made for and how to correctly sharpen that old Sandvik or Disston you saw laying around in your house, shed or workshop.

Maybe you would like to go one step further and become a member of TTTG and meet up with other likeminded people.

Check out the expert skills that Bob Crosbie shows while demonstrating how to use a spoke shave and a draw knife on the following YouTube Link.

Click here for more information on how to become a member.
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Why? A great place to learn more about how to use traditional tools.
When: Various times: Check different events.
Phone: 02 9144 6356
Where: 19 Lawson Street Eastwood
Cost: Wookshops are $40 pp. Other events will vary.
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