Your Finest Work 2.0

Welcome to the new and improved blog for Blue Spruce Toolworks!

This is not Dave. This is his daughter Hannah, home for the summer and happily employed. My job is to do anything Dave tells me to do. This includes some basic office work, running errands, my normal tool roll production, and all things technological. So, basically everything he doesn’t have time (or desire) to do. Creating a new blog fell into this category.

coffee cupWe found out that our current blog host was discontinuing its blog service about a week before our blog was terminated. So, this past week has been me frantically learning about CSV, CSS, HTML, and any other string of letters you can think of, and drinking lots of coffee.

I learned a hard lesson very quickly: I don’t know how to code.

After hours of reading through forums and smashing my head against the keyboard, I think I have gotten the hang of plugins, widgets, and style sheets. The blog is not perfectly formatted yet because I ran out of time to learn the coding necessary to tweak the last few details. However, the blog is fully functional and ready to be explored! The important feature to notice is the subscribe button in the right hand side bar. If you enter your email, you will receive email notifications whenever there is a post to this blog. It is a super easy way to make sure you don’t miss a post. (If you received an email about this post, you are already subscribed.)

I hope you enjoy the new blog! Feel free to leave comments and suggestion for the new blog! I will do my best to accommodate.

I may post here a few times throughout the summer to give updates and insights about the comings and goings here at the headquarters for Blue Spruce Toolworks (I will have to check with the boss 🙂 ).Maggie the shop dog

~Hannah

P.S. Maggie is adjusting well to her role as Shop Dog when I bring her to work with me.

 

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  1. Emma

    Hi Hannah,

    Great job on the blog! I had a similar experience myself a few months ago when a construction company in London asked me to build their website and I had to figure out the logistics after not having done anything like that for years!

    It seems pretty unusual for a tool company to have a blog so I’m really glad I found this and I look forward to someday ordering some chisels from you (keeping my eye on the bench chisels especially) unfortunately I’m in Liverpool in the UK so the import tax would be crazy and I’m still in the early stages of my career but one day soon I hope I’ll be using your tools! They all look amazing and so well made.

    Keep up the great work!

    Emma

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  2. Thomas Priest

    Excellent start on the blog! Always look forward to hearing about BSTW’s new tools and the ones I already own are my absolute favorites. Great job on the tool rolls as well, if you decide to make a matching shop apron it would be golden! As always hope to place another order soon-love the look of the new mallets and I see some more chisels in the very near future. You and your dad make a great team and again great job on the blog!

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  3. Hello Hannah, Looks to me like you did a fine job on the blog. A good many folks don’t usually go near something they are not familiar with on such short notice.

    You were able to roll up your sleeves and jump in while learning on the run, great initiative, excellent results, on time. Your Dad’s real proud no doubt about it. Your a multi talented family and that is something you all shine with.

    The tools are super well designed, quality second to none, very nice and accommodating website, your tool rolls are what those tool should be in Hannah.

    I found this site only today and am slowly re-building a small shop after a ten year interruption in my life due to an accident. Operated on my arm beginning of june, injections in spine, re-started and overdue. Things are slowly falling into place and working hard to get going again. Can’t believe how much I missed this part of my life.

    I bookmarked this jewel of a website and look forward to my first order. Took some wicked blows and have to re-tool slowly, something to look forward too. You’ve all done something to be proud of, Glad I found your site.

    Ray R.

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    1. Hi Ray,
      Thank you for your kind words. I find it fun to learn new things and to stretch myself. Working here has allowed me to try all sorts of things that I normally would not be able to do without years of experience first. I am so glad to hear that you are able to begin pursuing woodworking again! Please let us know if there is anything that we can do to assist you in rebuilding your shop. We would love to see some of your finest work once you get back up and running.
      Best wishes,
      Hannah

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  4. Bruce D Burleigh

    I love your little dog, as well as your exquisite tools. Is she a French Brittany? She looks like my little Jesse (Volage de L’ Escarbot), who was the love of my life and recently passed at age Nine (cancer); she will live in my heart forever. Having as a shop dog, a dog such as your Maggie, clearly a Magic creature, marks you as a superior human being, which we knew already from your craftsmanship. I use your marking knife almost every day; it is one of my favorite tools.

    God Bless, and All Best Wishes,

    Bruce D (Dan) Burleigh
    bdburleigh@gmail.com

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    1. Thank you Bruce. I am so glad that you enjoy your marking knife! As for Maggie, she is a miniature Australian Shepherd. It is a joy to have her as our shop dog. I am sorry to hear about your Jesse. Dogs will always hold a special place in our hearts.
      Wishing you all the best,
      Hannah

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