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Bezel block punches


#1

Hi I have several bezel blocks I bought used that are very nice- but
I don’t have the punches to go with them and can’t find the
manufacturer. The blocks are stamped “Woeckel Stuttgart” and also
have an inverted stamped triangle with the initials “WWL” in it.
Above this stamp is the name “Semida” in cursive script. Does anyone
have any about these? I tried to measure the angle of the
bezel and I get 25 degrees or 15 degrees depending on the block. The
bezel blocks I’ve found advertised at Rio and others have 27 and 17
degrees, and I haven’t found anyone who sells the punches separately.
Is 27 degrees a standard and I’m just measuring wrong? Does anyone
know a source for the punches sold separately? Anyone heard of
"Woeckel…"? Any would be very much appreciated!

Scott McIntyre- @McIntyre_Scott
Scott McIntyre
Art / Rockville Campus


#2

Scott’ If these are round, you can take the blocks to almost any
machine shop and have punches turned on the lathe. Be sure to ask
that they be hardened, too. this is not an expensive thing… Doug
Zaruba


#3

Scott, If these are round, you can take the blocks to almost any
machine shop and have new punches made on a lathe. I take my damaged
punches in (yes, if you drop one on its point, you can damage it :slight_smile:
and just have them reground. Not an expensive thing… Doug Zaruba


#4

Thanks very much for your reply! I’ve never checked out the machine
shop resource - If they’re not too expensive here (Washington, DC
area) that would be a great solution. Still, I can’t believe none of
the jewelry distributers will sell the punches separately. As you
pointed out, they can get damaged, lost, or ruined somehow, and the
blocks are useless without them. Also, the quality of their
manufacure looks so good that I’m surprised no-one has heard of them.

I bought 4 blocks- rectangular, square, round, and a rectangular
with mitred corners- (or “emerald” in the Frei and Borel catalog).
They’re all 2 rows of openings, plates about 4"x3"x1/2", and are
stamped 7-18mm range, except the square, which is smaller and 8-10mm
range.

I’m very much a beginner at this- just learning to make bezels by
hand- which is great fun and no problem. I’m just starting to gather
tools, and learning how to use them is also adding to my “education”.
Just having such cool looking tools makes one want to use them, and
then of course they have to work. So here I am!


#5

Thanks very much for your reply! I bought 4 blocks- rectangular,
square, round, and a rectangular with mitered corners- (or “emerald"
in the Frei and Borel catalog). They’re all 2 rows of openings,
plates about 4"x3"x1/2”, and are stamped 7-18mm range, except the
square, which is smaller and 8-10mm range. I’ve never checked out
the machine shop resource - If they’re not too expensive here
(Washington, DC area) that would be a great solution.

Still, I can’t believe none of the jewelry distributors will sell
the punches separately. As you pointed out, they can get damaged,
lost, or ruined somehow, and the blocks are useless without them.
Also, the quality of this manufacturer looks so good that I’m
surprised no-one has heard of them. I’m very much a beginner at this-
just learning to make bezels by hand- which is great fun and no
problem. I’m just starting to gather tools, and learning how to use
them is also adding to my “education”. Just having such cool looking
tools makes one want to use them, and then of course they have to
work. So here I am!


#6

Hi , Look around your community for a machine shop , press clay or
use wax to make a positive of the largest recess [hole] in the
block take that to the machinist - they should be able to duplicate
the original punch . Mark Clodius