Pliers Poised for Action
Every so often, usually at the end of a creative project in the workshop, I have a serious tidy up.
The jewellery workshop is just that; a workshop. A place of tools and equipment, metals and materials, filings and offcuts. As each project progresses, tools are plucked from their nests. Some are immediately returned after use, but others find themselves close at hand on the workbench ready to be used again.
My rack of pliers shown in the picture is less than an arms length from me as I sit at my workbench. Each pair with its own purpose and function. Racking them up again punctuates the creative process; it provides a time for reflection as well as organisation.
Pliers … are Personal
As someone who creates jewellery from the basic materials, pliers play a huge role in shaping, curving and bending gold and silver into the desired forms.
Since starting in this profession with a few treasured tools from the Master Craftsman who was my teacher, new pliers have been added to the collection. Since those days, however, the collection has adapted with me; grown with my ideas for design, the challenges I’ve faced, the outcomes I wish to achieve.
The jaws of many a pristine pair of pliers have been pressed against the abrasive wheel of the grinder. In a few noisy and grating seconds, a parallel edge has been eliminated … a uniquely tapered edge created. After final smoothing, they become a part of my world. Reaching for them with the knowledge of how they will perform becomes second nature.
Pliers for Precision
I know each pair of these pliers intimately. Using them for anything other than my creations in the jewellery workshop is out of the question.
Precision work requires precision tools. They’re precious.