I don’t know if I can say enough good things about Dave Jeske, owner of Blue Spruce Toolworks.
My best friend’s birthday is coming up (February 17th, actually) and I wanted to get him something with a little umph to it for his birthday. He is a great musician (guitar and mandolin, mostly) and some day wants to blend his love of music with woodworking and become a luthier of sorts. So over the past few years, I’ve taken the opportunity to start giving him some woodworking tools on birthdays and Christmas. I’m not outfitting him with an entire shop, by any means, but I’m trying to find him good quality tools – the smaller things most any woodworker might need.
This go around, I decided to take my own advice and I called Dave Jeske to see what he had in stock for immediate shipment (hey, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t wait until the absolute last minute! That’s how I come up with my best ideas and creations!).
He said he had the standard Cocobolo and Rosewood, but he also had some Bubinga, some Bocote, and some Curly Maple ready to ship. It being a luthier’s marking knife, I thought the Curly Maple sounded appropriate, so that’s what I ordered.
He’s going to ship it today. I don’t really expect it to arrive by Saturday – it doesn’t even have to, as we’re busy that day and I don’t think we’ll see him, anyway. Regardless, I can’t help but commend him on his excellent customer service and quality of work. It is exactly that which will keep me going back to someone time and time again and recommending him to people any time I can.
So if you’re in the market for a marking knife or an awl or some quality dovetail chisels, check out Dave’s website at Blue Spruce Toolworks and support the small tool shops!
(Phil, you’re just aching to get on that list, aren’t you? Come on, man… can’t you see your hands are shaking because you want to be a small tool shop so badly? And I want to write a blog entry about YOUR small tool shop and how awesome your planes are. I’ll patiently wait until that time comes.)
Ok, I’ve got to go put a check in the mail…
-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com