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.
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
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.
Idea is born while Stephen is doing yard work in his parent's backyard, sore from using standard tools.
Functional prototypes built from PVC pipe. Files provisional patent before sharing the idea with the public.
Wins Loyola Marymount business plan competition with new prototype and begins to get attention nationwide.
Officially forms Bosse Tools LLC and realizes the designs can be built into an entire product line of tools.
Files for US and international patents. Titled "Ergonomically designed multi-handled tool" No. 8740272
Wins SDSU business plan competition. Competes in Chapman, Harvard, and Manitoba competitions.
Tests prototypes with farmers, gardeners, landscapers and construction workers - feedback is very positive.
Runs a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $64,000 from 483 different supporters worldwide.
Receives two United States patents, forty international patents, and key trademarks such as "Handle-It".
Final prototypes are tested and approved for strength. Tooling and manufacturing process begins.