SWTCA Yukon Oklahoma Revival
Preliminary membership notice:
SWTCA Bi-Annual Meeting
A specially planned SWTCA biannual meeting has been planned out with the distinct intention of revitalizing one of the finest tool collecting fraternities ever to exist. The history of the SWTCA rates high in the collective memory of each of its long-time members. The memories of past friends and magnificent meetings lingers on and though today is a different day and time, the enjoyment of our tool collecting efforts still remain highly dependent on the sharing of knowledge and good times with our fellow collectors.
The SWTCA has suffered from anemia over the past few years among other similar collector organizations. The concept of ‘traveling the distance’ becomes less and less an acceptable alternative for attendance of these events. This is truly sad as any long time collector will quickly agree that so much of the enjoyment of collecting is the personal interaction between members that takes place at these events.
Soon to follow (mid-December), will be a registration form laying the groundwork for this very special meeting. Just a few of the highlights will be: Registration, trading tables, display tables and hospitality goodies will be free of charge. YES it will be a free meeting once you arrive. It will be open to the public most of the day. Pizza and refreshments will be served in the meeting room after the show closes for the enjoyment of and interaction of all members. This will take place without charge and will last at least several hours on in to the evening.
SWTCA officers (some past and present) gathered together for the express purpose of establishing a special meeting for our members that would entice them to extend in faith, the effort to support this historic club once again. The venue decided upon would be an old fashioned meeting with an extended hospitality gathering to follow. A pizza party was the most popular suggestion so it will carry. All meeting expenses would be paid by the club (excepting room costs of course).
YOUR PART: ‘Please’ is a powerful word! We are contacting all members of the SWTCA (ALL) members and many ex members as well with this preliminary notice. We will follow up with a registration form shortly thereafter giving full details concerning this meeting. We are calling many of our personally known members/dealers and asking that they go the extra mile and attend this meeting with especially desirable tools for sale. Bring your favorite tool exhibits for display and as many good tools to sell as you are able. Show your dedication for this club in its greatest time of need and plan to partake of the special festivities.
WE ASK each of you members to please help us in revitalizing our club by attending this specially planned meeting, enjoying the benefits of a cost free venue and participating in those special moments only extended hospitality can create. This club is an opportunity as well as a gift. Let’s treat it with the respect and devotion it deserves. Let’s all be there with open heart.
Tom Lamond author of an excellent book on spokeshaves: "Manufactured and Patented Spokeshaves & Similar Tools" and the nation's preeminent scholar and authority on toolmakers and hardware jobbers and their marks found on early American tools has started an internet magazine concentrating on hand tools, their makers, and their markings. Research on the web site focuses on edge-tool makers with an emphasis on axes and spokeshaves Including an extensive list of spokeshave patents.
Many SWTCA members remember the beautiful machinist boxes, coco bolo scratch awls, marking gauges and other tools that were made by John Walcott. John generously donated numerous hand crafted tools to be given out as door prizes at SWTCA meetings over the years. Our heart go out to John on loss of his dear wife Judy. Tribute written by John in a .pdf document HERE
Larry Williams (of Clark & Williams) Eureka Springs, Arkansas makes his living re-creating the past. He makes traditional-style hand woodworking plane. Clark and Williams have demonstrated the craft of plane making at countless SWTCA & MWTCA events over the years. The complete article in a .pdf document is HERE