Well there has been some interest in the photos I’ve offered. I
think I sent out close to seventy-five sets.
Just to be clear I didn’t invent the jig. I learned it at the
William Holland School from Mr. Preston Kemp.
For those of you who don’t know, the William Holland School is
staffed by volunteer teachers. Preston Kemp is a fine gentleman who
donates time and knowledge teaching chain making.
If you want a wonderful, inexpensive vacation that’ll also be
informative I suggest a trip to the William Holland School.
I had a thought last night about another simple way to make a
cutting jig. Simply tack a 3/16 - 1/4 inch thick strip to the edge
of one’s bench. Let the strip stick up about 1/4 inch. No need for a
To wind the rings I use a set of transfer punches bought from Harbor
My winder is made from an inexpensive arbor designed for mounting
grind stones or buffing wheels. The arbor is made to be belt run
with an electric motor. Fashion a crank from some flat steel for one
end and screw on a Jacobs chuck to the other end. Mount to a table,
bingo, a winder that works great.