We started Blue Spruce Toolworks with a singular vision: Hand crafted tools that are not only aesthetically beautiful, but are also a joy to use in the creative process. Every cut, contour and curve that is created with our products is intended to harken back to a time when craftsmen worked quietly and skillfully at a sturdy bench, natural light streaming in through multi-pane windows. It is our hope that our tools - like the pieces you create with them - will be passed down and enjoyed for generations to come.
Like a lot of businesses where passion is a top priority, Blue Spruce Toolworks began as a part time project when it was in its infancy in 2002. Owner Dave Jeske started with a simple marking knife specifically designed to address the needs of smaller scale, precision joinery. Positive reviews rolled in from the press over the next few years, and in 2006 we went full time, adding several new marking tools to the line up. Over the years we’ve added products such as precision chisels, tool rolls and even an award-winning mallet. It is our hope that the beautiful form, balance and function of our products will not only inspire woodworkers to do their finest work, but that the tools will also become treasured heirlooms to be passed down through generations of woodworkers.
Dave Jeske is a mechanical engineer with experience in advanced materials, precision machine design, lean manufacturing processes and business management. He has worked in and on a variety of fields and projects, including high performance composite armor for military vehicles, the International Space Station and machine design. He is a self-taught woodworker with a passion for hand tools, especially those from the 1800’s. He enjoys the beauty of the Pacific Northwest through hiking backcountry trails.