Kestrel Tool, a small artisan run tool shop on Lopez Island Washington, will be demonstrating sharpening techniques, hand-crafted tools, and answering questions for three days over the Festival’s main weekend.
Kestrel tool has been making Northwest Coast style wood carving tools since the mid 1970s. Gregg Blomberg met Bill Holm and other Northwest Coast artists through Camp Nor’Wester after moving to Lopez Island in the 1960’s. Working there, he became enamored with the art of the Coast, and began to try his hand at it. When he asked “where do you get the tools?” he was told “you have to make them.”
Gregg was already a toolmaker, and soon he was turning out tools that attracted the attention of other carvers in the area. This led to the establishment of Kestrel Tool, which has been producing high quality NWC tools for over three decades. A few years back Gregg took on an apprentice, his friend and carving partner Charlie Prince. Charlie is going to continue and build upon the tradition of toolmaking and sharing of knowledge that artists and craftspeople have come to depend upon from Kestrel Tool.
Both Charlie and Gregg are excited to participate in the ‘Carving on the Edge’ festival. They look forward to meeting and learning from the other participants and to share ideas and knowledge with the carvers on the Coast.
At the Festival, Charlie and Gregg will give a talk on the subject of tool making, use, and sharpening, with the carver in mind.