In a word, yes! But I have carpal tunnel problems with both wrists
even after having surgery on one of them. Having lost some dexterity
from the surgery, I am in no mood to repeat it. My option it to take
really good care of my wrists and talk with my dr about injections.
To give yourself the best protection, use braces, good ones, with
steel shanks and adjustable straps.
Pacing is everything! Short work/ long rest cycles are essential!
Angle of cutting/polishing makes a huge difference. Height of the
workbench is an issue, or your relationship to the wheels/
Then, use as big a dop stick as you possibly can - grasping small
things is murder on wrists!
The easiest way to make one that will protect your wrists is to use
two pieces of dowel fitted together. I use the first piece of fat
dowel (normal length, minus one inch) and a smaller diameter piece
or, a piece of ordinary dop. Drill out the first, larger diameter and
longer one, and fit the smaller one into it, sink into the first one
about 3/4 inch. Provide enough length to dop the stone, and have
good vision of your work, Glue works well after using ordinary
Handles can be shaped, padded, or just taped. There is a discomfort
to a straight piece of dowel, so some modification adds comfort and
staying power to your wrists.
I have had to adjust my bezel and prong setting tools in the same
way - making them fit my hand better and eliminating the small, tight
A further word about carpal tunnel. I found an old neurology book
that sited the use of cortisone injections for some cases where surgery
is not desired. It seems that some drs still do that with good