Welcome to Kestrel Tool
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.
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.
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 .
We love art. That's why we're dedicated to continue making tools for you. You inspire us. We hope our tools inspire you.
We're excited to keep making great tools, so you can create great art! Thank you for stopping by.
Here's some testimonials that have come in recently, and we just had to share:
Wowser, folks. Thanks for your comments and confidence!