second hand tools
Antique, collectable, secondhand and new craftsman's hand tools

Seaton, Devon, England

About us


October 2016

Gerry Dawson

I became interested in tools when Carol bought a chest of carpenters tools at our local auction in Seaton. This led to us having a stall in Bridport Market and subsequently opening a shop in Colyton, East Devon, THE TOOL BOX. After 10 years or so this was sold and another larger business was opened in 1993 in Pennyfarthing St., Salisbury, known as PENNYFARTHING TOOLS.

We sold that business in September of 2004 and shortly after we commenced trading as mainly on the Internet but also from a small retail outlet in Lyme Regis Antique & Craft Centre.

Although these keep us busy we still have time for the family / grandchildren, etc. and hiking the coastal path and attending most of the Q.P.R. home games

Carol Dawson

I did a lot of the buying for the market stall and can remember thinking I had made a mistake to buy a box of old tools! Since then, however, tools have been part of my life but with four children I was mostly in the background of the business.

Now we have the internet business I am busy with the website, internet and admin bits and pieces. It is something I really enjoy. We have customers all over the UK and all over the world and some of them (to me) have become good friends that we value.

Two things close to our hearts, if you have some change in your purse, please send a donation to one of the charities on the right. But also read about Meningitis and Asperger Syndrome. I have found it very useful and informative.

We have four beloved grandchildren - two boys and two beautiful little girls.
Jake: 11 years, Miller: 8 years, Summer: almost 6 years and Isobel: 5 years.

Meningococcal Septicaemia

When our first grandson was 10 months old - a very healthy, happy little boy - he became very poorly one Sunday morning and by the evening was diagnosed with severe meningitis and septicaemia. Somehow he hung on to life, was rushed to the Cosmic Unit at St. Mary's, Paddington by a brilliant recovery team and against all odds survived. He is now again a happy boy but with long term effects to live with.

Jake is now 12 and is having ongoing treatment at Bristol Childrens Hospital to correct damage to the growth platelets in his legs by the disease.

Both the COSMIC Unit and the Meningitis Research Foundation do a brilliant job but desperately need funds for research and to support those who have not been lucky. On each site there is a link for donations. Please, please make yourselves familiar with the symptoms of Meningitis (and the 24 hour helpline). Meningitis strikes all ages, the effects are devastating and it is very, very fast. Know your child and follow your instincts - better to make a fuss and be in error than to lose a loved one.

Asperger Syndrome

Miller, our nine year old grandson, has to deal with Aspergers Syndrome.

What is Aspergers? Asperger syndrome is a condition on the autistic spectrum. It manifests in individual ways and can have both positive and negative effects on a person's life. So a person with Aspergers is more likely to desire social acceptance, but may be unable to mediate social interactions because they can't read social cues or body language from people around them.

Aspergers is mostly a 'hidden disability'. You can't tell that someone has the condition from their outward appearance. People with the condition can have difficulties in three main areas: social communication, social interaction and social imagination.

A lot for Miller and his parents to deal with but he does well, has friends and a supportive school.

If you want more details Asperger Syndrome is very helpful.

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