Author’s Corner

Many of the members of the M-WTCA are authors. This page shows the depth of knowledge in the organization. 

Patent Searching

Often searching for patents is a pain. There are a lot of tips and tricks to make it easier. Here are a few of those to help you. 


We have collected a list of museums that are working to keep the history and knowledge of tools alive.

Tool Resources

This is a collection of information on the use, identification, and history of hand tools.

Tool Dealers

If you are trying to find a specific tool it is often who you know that is most important. Here is a list of tool dealers to make that easier. 


Sometimes you have a question and having the right community can be the answer you are looking for. Here is a list of chat communities.


Here you will find a list of tool-collecting organizations from around the world. the M-WTCA may be the biggest, but is only one of many.

Publications and Broadcasts 

There are many publishers of history and information regarding hand tools. Here is a list we have so far.

If you find something that should be on one of these pages please let the webmaster know


The Gristmill is the official publication of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association Inc. Printed quarterly and distributed exclusively to our members, it is considered one of the key benefits of membership in our organization. The magazine contains numerous articles relating to the history, usage, and understanding of tools. It is also your go-to source for M-WTCA meetings, news, upcoming events, auctions, announcements, and want ads.

Members agree—the value of the information will get from four issues of The Gristmill is worth much, much more than the cost of your membership! You can join online now Here