At the origins of the bone-cutting industry were captured Swedes who, at the beginning of the XVIII century, carved boxes and snuffboxes out of bone. After the Swedes returned home, the bone-cutting industry faded for many years, and its revival occurred only in the second half of the XIX century. In 1872, Tobolsk surveyor Ivan Oveshkov opened a bone-cutting workshop in the city. At the end of the century, several workshops appeared. In 1893, the "Exemplary Siberian Workshop" was organized by Yu.I. Melgunova. There were periods of prolonged stagnation in the bone-cutting industry. They fell on a difficult period of the World War. Only in 1929 a bone-cutting workshop was organized, thanks to the carvers Denisov and Peskov, which in 1932 grew into the artel "Koopexport". This year is considered the year of the formation of the bone-cutting factory. The plot basis of the works of the Tobolsk bone cutters is northern folklore, in view of a purely applied nature: cigarette cases, paper knives, bookmarks for books. Masters of the highest class are: G. G. Krivoshein, G. A. Khazov, V. P. Obryadova, M. V. Timergazeeva. From the first years of the organization, the factory participates in all major exhibitions of republican and All-Union significance. The works of Tobolsk bone cutters have been shown at international exhibitions (Paris 1937, New York 1939, Brussels 1958, Osaka 1970, USA 1974).
They won honorable fame and recognition. The Brussels exhibition is especially memorable - a diploma and a gold medal. Today, the factory is developing in three main directions: the production of consumer goods, the creation of works of an exhibition nature and the production of souvenirs.