Breaking New Ground.

The shovels available at your local garden center are virtually identical in design and function to what was available 100 years ago. Our intentions were not to disrupt an entire industry, but when our research showed how limiting todays handles are, it was clear we had something revolutionary.

Our Story


We wish we could say we came from a long line of toolmakers. Truth is, Bosse tools began with a hunch. A radical notion that humble garden tools could be smarter. Smarter in design, smarter in function. We took this spark of an idea with some brilliant insight from professors at Loyola Marymount University and worked up some prototypes. After our own initial tests, we put the tools in the hands of bio-medical researchers at Arizona State University and asked them to prove our hypothesis. The results were not only validating, but significant.

We had a product that could make a difference for a lot of people. Once we knew our theory was solid, we went to work testing the commercial viability of an ergonomic shovel. Our Kickstarter campaign was a runaway success, netting over $64,000 in 40 days and earning us recognition in Popular Science Magazine as one of 2014’s Top Ten New Products. Now with our rotational and ergonomic patented handles, we are ready to let the world know we have a better way to handle tools.

Stephen Walden, Founder
Aaron Gagleard, Co-Founder

Company Milestones


Our history isn’t very long, but we have had no shortage of attention and accomplishments since first sharing our concepts in the spring of 2012. Below are some early highlights, none of which are as important as the day you get your first Bosse tool. Be sure to drop us a line with your personal Bosse experience. Your feedback is what matters most to us.

August 2011

Idea is born while Stephen is doing yard work in his parent's backyard, sore from using standard tools.

January 2012

Functional prototypes built from PVC pipe. Files provisional patent before sharing the idea with the public.

March 2012

Wins Loyola Marymount business plan competition with new prototype and begins to get attention nationwide.

May 2012

Officially forms Bosse Tools LLC and realizes the designs can be built into an entire product line of tools.

January 2013

Files for US and international patents. Titled "Ergonomically designed multi-handled tool" No. 8740272

Spring 2013

Wins SDSU business plan competition. Competes in Chapman, Harvard, and Manitoba competitions.

June 2013

Tests prototypes with farmers, gardeners, landscapers and construction workers - feedback is very positive.

October 2013

Runs a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $64,000 from 483 different supporters worldwide.

June 2014

Receives two United States patents, forty international patents, and key trademarks such as "Handle-It".

September 2014

Final prototypes are tested and approved for strength. Tooling and manufacturing process begins.

Kickstarter


We couldn’t have done it without you...

To all 483 people who supported my Kickstarter campaign in 2013, I owe you great thanks and appreciation for your support. Before my campaign started, all I had was an idea - an idea to disrupt the design of the current shovel. After a month of campaigning, I realized that Bosse Tools is a whole lot more than that. Bosse Tools is a company built by the support of a dedicated group of people - a group of people who believed that a few wooden prototypes could turn into something revolutionary.

In early September of 2013, only a handful of people even knew what a "two-handed shovel" was, but by all 483 of you pitching in your support and donations while helping me spread my message, this shovel has been seen across the globe and sparks interest from users worldwide. Today, Bosse Tools has the opportunity to reshape an industry that has a desperate need for innovation. However, the only reason we have this opportunity is because of your support and dedication.

With this said, thank you to every single person who supported my campaign or simply shared it with others. I must specially thank the biggest supporters of my campaign: Carol Robbins, Chris Walden, Matthew Adams, Chip Hailey, John Wintersteen, Brenda Baldacci, Mitch Hudak, Mike Jesberger, Tony Robusto, Janice Boyko, and Bobby Banahan. Without any single one of my supporters, I would not have been able to pursue my passion. This opportunity has allowed me to follow a dream and make it a reality.

If your shipping address has changed, please send an email to connect@bossetools.com with your new information.

Respectfully,
Stephen Walden