Thomaston resident and tool collector Vic Hotho will discuss “The Tools of Transportation” at the Owls Head Transportation Museum on Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. Admission is free.

The talk will focus on tools from the 18th to early 20th centuries that directly or indirectly made transportation possible.

“In the early days most everything was made of wood,” Hotho said in a news release. “Tools were developed to not only cut down trees but then fashion them into ship timbers or axles or carriage bodies. Tools were often designed to do specific tasks.”

An avid woodworker, Hotho began collecting old tools more than 35 years ago. What started as a hobby has grown into a collection of more than 2,000 items ranging from handmade implements to mass-produced hand tools. Hotho will display and discuss a number of tools from his collection. He encouraged anyone with an item that needs identification to bring it in.

“If I can’t identify it, I’m sure someone in the audience may be able to,” he said.

Hotho’s presentation is the third in a series of six Winter Education programs offered by the Owls Head Transportation Museum. All programs begin at 1 p.m. and are free. All programs are general seating.

The remaining Winter Education programs at the Owls Head Transportation Museum are:

• Feb. 27: “Through the Snow: Horse-Drawn Winter Transportation.” Representatives from the Carriage Museum at Skyline Farm will conduct a roundtable discussion on the history of horse-drawn transportation in winter.

• March 13: Carts & Carriages, Curricles & Cabs: The Art and Style of American Horse Drawn Vehicles.” Author and curatorial chair for the Carriage Museum of America Ken Wheeling will provide an overview of horse-drawn vehicles in America.

• April 3: “Looking Astern: An Artist’s View of Maine’s Historic Working Waterfronts.” Local artist Loretta Krupinski will present from her new book of the same title. Her work represents “arrested moments in time from 1850 to 1940 along Maine’s working waterfronts.”

The Owls Head Transportation Museum is located at 117 Museum St. (off Route 73) in Owls Head, two miles south of Rockland. For more information call 594-4418 or visit