Welcome to Kestrel Tool

Gregg and his friend and carver Loren White, after finishing the Kestrel pole.

Gregg and his friend and carver Loren White, after finishing the Kestrel pole.

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A Truly American Woodworking Tradition 


Kestrel Tool is a small artisan run tool shop on Lopez Island, Washington state.  For over thirty years we have  been making wood carving tools in small batches, by hand, supplying artists and craftspeople with some of the finest blades available.  Handcrafted from raw wood and steel, our crooked knives and adzes are exceptionally functional and elegant.  They are made one at a time with integrity, care and love.

 

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Master Edgemaker Gregg Blomberg and apprentice Charlie Prince are the hands and minds behind the tools.  Charlie is in his second year of apprenticing  with the goal of ultimately taking on Kestrel Tool and is looking forward to carrying on the tradition upon which Gregg has built his business.  

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These are the tools we use to work and make art with. We pay attention to they way they perform. They are true carver's tools because they are made by carvers.

  Gregg says that right now we're making the best tools he's ever made. As a business, we continue build on more than thirty years of experience and now that we've entered a partnership, we hope to do more experimenting, innovating and having plain old fun with toolmaking.

Our tools are inspired by age-old designs from the Northwest Coast.

We strive for perfect geometry and heat treat, and use the highest quality materials we can get our hands on.

Once you use one you will understand why we care so much .

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We love art.  That's why we're dedicated to continue making tools for you.  You inspire us.  We hope our tools inspire you.

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We're excited to keep making great tools, so you can create great art!  Thank you for stopping by.

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Customers' Testimonials

Here's some testimonials that have come in recently, and we just had to share:

Hello Gregg; I have been carving for years and using your tools for the last 20 years or so. Kestrel tools has become such an integral part of my carving experience, I pick them up every time I carve.
— Terry
I just wanted you to know, the package arrived today. I of course opened them immediately. The steels are beautiful, and oh so sharp, I even nicked myself just holding the crooked knife blade, (I couldn’t be more pleased at that, as too often “ready to use sharp tools” need a lot of work). Thank you so much for a perfect, and instantly useable edge... Now I need to get my chisels this sharp. I will be ordering more soon.
— Rich
Hi just a note to mention I received the knife, words cannot describe the quality that has been put into this tool, and yes it does shave, so far just wood, again I say thank you, I am sure you don’t need feedback... but in case a customer has questions, just ask me, as in all things in life, you get what you pay for.
— Patrick
I received your beautiful baby gutter adze yesterday and have just spent an hour with it, making more progress on a fresh green log than I would have in a whole day with any other tool. This phenomenon makes the difference between doing sculpture and NOT doing it at all. As you’ve said, its so well balanced and elegant to use that I haven’t even broke a sweat. It’s been an amazing, inspiring, perfect and transcendent morning! I am prepared to pass this tool down to my grandchildren as a gateway to art that feeds one’s soul.”

Thank you for sharing your experience and understanding with so many people. I promise there will be great sculpture coming from your adze in my appreciative hands for many years.”
— thank you, Mason

Wowser, folks.  Thanks for your comments and confidence! 

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