What, are you kidding? I love this press, it has helped define me as
an artist as well as providing a tool for small scale production in
a one man studio.
The question about if it has paid for itself has to be asked by the
person buying it. For me I can not afford to buy tools that don’t
pay for themselves so yes, it has paid for itself but, I have
designed my jewelry to take advantage of the press and it’s tooling.
Look on the Bonny Doon forum site and you will see many people who
are currently using the press to it’s full advantage.
One of my favorite tools for the press is Dar Shelton’s pancake dies
which cut shapes with the press instead of me hand cutting
everything. Dar is a constant contributer to the Bonny Doon site so
you can talk with the top people in the field about any press
questions. So the press allows me to cut and form many items I used
to hand produce. I spent the money for the Bonny Doon instead of
making my own press because I wanted the service from Bonny Doon for
maintanece and questions I have had about operation and tooling. I
tried to get service on my press localy and found it lacking just
the way Phil Poirer siad it would be lacking and ended up sending
the press to him in Taos anyway, paying twice for the same repair.
If I had just sent it to Phil in the first place I would have saved
money and had the job done correctly. I alss wanted to be able to
buy the tool and use it, not spend the time to make something that I
wasn’t sure would be able to take the pressures I want to work with.
If you have any questions about the press you can contact me off
Sam Patania, Tucson