The benchmate accessory that is used more than anything else in
our studio is the holder for an engraver’s die ball.
The benchmate mounting plate makes a lot of sense, and GRS has
made a solid well thought out series of tools and accessories-
tungsten tips for platinum welding in their soldering tweezers
(one pair of their articulated tweezers are permanently mounted
to my bench, and it seems like almost everything that gets
soldered is held by them).
Somehow, in my mind, the roto-tool looks like it is trying to do
too many jobs (where is the CD player and the cup holder?). If
you notice the Rio Grande photos of the roto-bench, it is mounted
on a rather low bench, because of its hight. It is all in what
you get used to using, however- I use a wood ring clamp more than
the benchmate, probably because the ring clamp has been in my
tool tray for over 25 years.
Ever wonder what modern tools a jeweler from the 15th or 16th
century would desire? Rolling mill (they planished sheet metal to
thickness), sawframe, or a flexshaft and other power tools we
take for granted- (where to plug it in, water powered?) casting
machine, or a wide field microscope? Most of the hand tools would
look familiar to him. I have a friend (owns a local beadstore)
who was working with a young metalsmith during yearly trips to
Nepal- he wanted a flexshaft.
Richard D. Hamilton
Fabricated 14k, 18k, and platinum Jewelry
wax carving, modelmaking, jewelry photography