I'm wondering if there are any left-handed jewelers (and/or
setters) out there who could offer me some pointers I still seem to
be all but incapable of controlling the flex shaft, each time I
need to set a stone.
Hi Doug, I’m left-handed, mainly when it comes to writing. Over the
years, I’ve gradually moved my skills from my left to my right hand
quite successfully. With the flexshaft it was different, I persisted
in using my right-hand (unsuccessfully) until one day I considered
that the flexshaft was like a pen or pencil and the only thing I
couldn’t do with my right-hand was write.
So, I swapped to my left-hand and started thinking about it as a
writing tool, to be given the same control as a writing implement.
Since that realization, my drilling, burring, cutting, texturing,
etc., results have improved dramatically. I think of the point of
the burr as the point of a pen, needing precise control and
Along with that mindshift, I noticed that I automatically supported
my hands and fingers much more appropriately.
Another change I made was to move my flexshaft motor to my left side
so I didn’t have the flex part draped around my shoulders or crossed
control hassles because it restricted my movement and the flex part
wanted to do it’s own thing and push against what I was trying to do.
Hope this is of some help,