Hello All, I asked about old faceting machine about a week ago, and
I’ve done some of my own research on ‘jamb peg’ faceting machines.
In particular, I found a book at the local library called “The Art
of Gem Cutting” by Willems, who apparently invented a device called
the Willems Faceting Device. Its basically a jamb peg set-up,
except that it has grooves instead of holes and a two-prong back end
for the dop stick, so that the stone can’t be ‘twisted’ by wrist
movement. Below are images of the device:
Anyone know of a place where I can get such a device? The problem
is the book was published in the early 1940’s so I’m sure the author
is dead and the Willems device out of production, so I have no idea
where I can get ahold of it.
I’m also looking into a few other option, such as the Calibrated Jam
Peg Machine by Gerald Wykoff, but I can’t seem to find a single
e-mail/URL/address/business that I can contact to purchase one (or
at least the blueprints for it)…
Is the Addexton Jamb Peg Faceting Unit
(http://www.thelapidarycompany.com/jpfu.html) a 'callibrated’
system? In other words, does it prevent the twisting of the stone
by the wrist?
The bottom line is that I can’t afford a machine right now, but I
don’t want to use a inprecise 3rd-world jamb peg set-up either. If
anyone has any other sources for types of modern jamb peg faceting
units, please reply, any help will be deeply appreciated.