What is PATINA?
The Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association, Inc. (PATINA) is an educational, tax-exempt organization for people who have an interest in the tools, crafts or manufacturing processes of the past.
Formed in 1977, PATINA is a regional tool club based in the Washington, D.C. area. We have members from 24 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign countries. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership. The annual dues of $15 includes membership for the entire family and they are welcome to participate in all PATINA events. PATINA's original group of about 30 has grown to over 350. Antique tool collectors, tool users and people simply seeking knowledge are well represented in PATINA's membership.
Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors.
Our bimonthly meetings, held at the American Legion Post 270 in McLean, Virginia 22101, generally start with tailgate sales around 9:00 AM or earlier, followed by a short tool auction around 11:30-noon. The presentation by the guest speaker begins after the auction.
PATINA 2024 Events
Latest News from PATINA
Patina 2024 dues are now payable. Please send your $15 check to: Mary Anne Graham, PO Box 211, Round Hill, VA 20142 or pay by PayPal: firstname.lastname@example.org.. Those who join or rejoin in December 2023 or at/or before the January 2024 Patina meeting on January 14 will be eligible for a $50 Woodcraft gift card. Drawing... Continue reading
The 2024 Meeting schedule has been approved. As has been traditionally the case, There will be 5 meetings in McLean, Virginia plus the annual tool show and auction in Damascus, Maryland. The dates are: Sunday, January 14 McLean, VA. Saturday, March 16 Annual Tool Show and Auction, Damascus, MD. Sunday, May 19 McLean, VA. Sunday,... Continue reading
PATINA officers and associates will be recruiting new members and selling some vintage tools at the Rockler Artisan Woodworker’s Fall Festival 9AM-3PM, 12975 Fair Lakes Shopping Center, Fairfax, Virginia. There will be various store and manufacturers demonstrations throughout the day, along with members of other area Tool Clubs and Woodworking Guilds who will be on... Continue reading
Our PATINA board is aging and some are moving outside of the immediate area. We haven’t revitalized our board since pre-COVID. For PATINA to continue its mission and conduct tool events, we need alternates to be mentored in various roles while current board members are still in position: 1. Anyone interested in the Treasurers position,... Continue reading
The upcoming Sunday July 16th meeting continues to become possibly one of our best events in recent memory! Not only do we have blacksmith extraordinaire Drew Alexander, but we have added another grouping of tools to our mini-auction. At our May meeting, we sold a collection of “off-brand” planes for the mother of a deceased... Continue reading
Next up for our July bi-monthly meeting will be guest speaker Drew Alexander. If you’ve heard of the Alexander Brothers and their handmade crafts and fine furnishings, you may have heard of Drew Alexander. Drew takes the lead in the metalworking side of the family business. Drawn to blacksmithing at age 13 when seeing a... Continue reading
Annual Tool Sale and Auction
PATINA held its most recent Annual Tool Show and Auction on Saturday March 11, 2023 in Damascus, Maryland. The auction took place on the same day as the dealer tool sale and started at 2:00 pm. consignees submitted tools, books, catalogs, artwork and advertising items pertaining to the subject of tools.
This annual event is free to attend and open to the general public and consists of tailgating (Friday and Saturday outside the Hall), a dealer tool sale (inside the Hall) and a tool auction (Saturday inside the Hall). The lots are open for inspection all day and usually feature antique tools, planes, chisels and the like but can also have user tools, antiques, collectables, signs and even some scientific-type pieces.
The next Annual Tool Show and Auction will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2024.
Benefits of Membership
Our mission is to promote and increase knowledge and understanding of the tools and trades practiced by our American ancestors. Membership in PATINA is open to anyone interested in our mission.
- Attend PATINA Tool Meetings – Antique & traditional tools for sale, trade, programs, displays & demos. See schedule of meetings and information on previous meetings.
- Our annual Tool Auction has become a significant event in the tool marketplace. Quality tools and especially collector-type tools command larger premiums at our events. Tools are consigned by members and buying is open to the public. As almost all of the work of conducting the auction is done by member volunteers, we offer an inexpensive means of selling tools to the collecting community.
- Invitations to educational programs, auctions, and tool sales.