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OldTools FAQ

The following is a compilation of frequently asked questions and

other useful information about the OldTools mailing list.


I. What is OldTools?

OldTools is a mailing list catering to the interests of old hand

tool aficionados, both collectors and users. The list's charter


The purpose of this list is to provide an entertaining,

not-quite-moderated, light-hearted, fun, jolly, happy,

informative forum to discuss the history, usage, value,

location, availability, collectibility, and restoration of

traditional woodworking tools. The emphasis is on

muscle-powered tools and techniques, though water-powered

machinery (whether steam, or mill pond) is more than welcome.

OldTools is a very casual place-- The popular image is that of a

back porch get-together. People come and go, swap stories, ask

questions of the "old-timers", and just generally engage in

polite discussion of the old tool topics of the day.

- How can I "lurk"?

If you wish to follow the discussions in OldTools without

actually joining in, an archive of the last few weeks worth of

messages is maintained at


This page can be accessed with any World-Wide Web browser

(NetScape, Mosaic, etc).

It is recommended that all new list users "lurk" for a while

before subscribing-- this allows you to get a feel for the

group's dynamics, as well as the volume of messages.

- How do I subscribe?

After you've lurked for a while and decided you would like to

join the fun, you can subscribe to the list by sending a message

with the text

"subscribe OLDTOOLS Your Full Name"

to listserv@listserv.law.cornell.edu. Note that text above must

be the body of the message (not the title), and should NOT be in

quotes. And please, put *your* name where indicated-- list

members named "Your Full Name"

Group Information

  • 1353
  • Collecting
  • Aug 6, 1998
  • English

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  • Messages are not moderated.
  • All members can post messages.

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