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Will a stonesetter's flexshaft cover all the bases?

It also follows than a beginner, not even knowledeable about
tools, torque and techniques should not imply 

Although I do not know R.E., we’ve had some correspondence. Not one
to be riled, I’d say!! Anyway, here’s the whole point of everything
jewelry: We had a tour from CCAC here, and I said the same thing, and
the instructor (Marilyn DaSilva) just sat there nodding her head.
I’ve been making jewelry professionally for about 35 years. You can
look at my work on my website, if you like. The most valuable piece
I’ve worked on was around $1 million. That’s not the point, though. I
have a shop (and at home) stuffed full of tools - thousands, if you
count every little thing. 99.9% of my work is done with pliers,
hammers, files and saws. Throw in gravers and the flexshaft. On the
flexshaft I use drills, ball burs, cone squares, inverted cones, hart
and cup burs for setting. I use chain nose pliers, round nose, and
side cutters 99% of the time. I have ring bending pliers and
lineman’s pliers for some ummph now and then. Oh, and setting pliers.
I use #1, #00 and #6/0 sawblades for most everything. We don’t buy
any sheet or wire, we make everything with the rolling mill and
drawplate. I don’t own anything by gravermeister, I don’t have any
gizmos or gadgets on my bench - a benchpin and a steel benchpin for
saw work, that’s it. Pliers, hammers, saws and files and a place to
work. Meaning that, while you may find a tubing cutting jug to be
very handy, as I do at times, you don’t NEED to have it. You don’t
NEED to have some fancy Swedish hammer or most any of that stuff.
Tools are really handy and useful. There are some things you can’t do
without the proper tools - you’ll never engrave without gravers. But
it’s not the tools, it’s the person behind the tools that means
everything. Buying that Swedish hammer will make your life easier if
you know how to use it, but it won’t make you a jeweler in any way,
shape or form. Oh, yeah - we have torches. They make flames. For
casting we use a kiln that gets hot, and a centrifuge that has a
spring and goes round and round. It may sound like some rant, but
it’s not. I use Lindstrom chain nose pliers because they are
everything I want in a chain nose. If you’re a jewelry student, you
don’t know enough about pliers to need to spend $50 on them - you
might want to, but you don’t need to. I personally don’t like holders
and gizmos and things because they take me away from the work. My
holder, unless there’s some certain need like engraving, is my left
hand. Ultimately it’s for the students and people who ask things
like, “What flexshaft should I buy?” that get a deluge of confusing,
good advise. Just buy a flexshaft, and then customize it for your
needs as you discover those. Same with all of your tools. The fact
that there does exist a hydrogen propelled ring mandrel doesn’t mean
that you NEED to go out and buy it…

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But it's not the tools, it's the person behind the tools that means
everything. 

John, that makes me feel better about my collection of shabby looking
tools. I have very few ‘neat tools’.

If one believes the old adage that you’re only as good as your tools,
you have already limited yourself.

Its the attributes of the tool in the context of what you ask of the
tool that’s critical. I make jump rings only occasionally so I use
steel rods from a rivet wire set held in a pin vise, or I’ll use a
round plier. I don’t need a jump ringer. On the other hand I have
bought shiny geewhiz tools exclusively for single use because that’s
what was called for, like this ball and cup plier for making domed
strips. Used it once, they what I wanted, pliers paid for themselves
in one job. That was 7 years ago, collects dust in my tool box now.