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    Compass? Dividers? Old tool question

    If this were mine, I would use it to enlarge gem stone setting holes that were plotted in a circle, so as to maintain equidistant appearance. With this aid, it would be far easier to accurately cut the established opening to the desired depth for each individual (and differently dimensioned) gem, prior to establishing, setting and beading prongs. Excellent find my friend! Can the cutting burr be changes and have you thought of fitting this into the chuck of a drill press WITHOUT TURNING IT ON, and using the press as an extra hand?
  2. Although I suspect you have already figured this out, there is a product used by jewelers "Attack" that has successfully remove epoxy et al from fine pearls without damaging the nacre; however, a warning caveat: DO NOT allow this on your skin (or inhale or ingest) because it is toxic/highly carcinogenic! Cheers, Rick
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    Greetings from California

    Greetings All! Here is a smattering about me (sorry for phone photos, my wife is the camera person now that the medium has left the dark room and entered the electronic age). I have been carving myriad organic materials since the early 1970s. I started out with antler, and expanded to bone, wood, ivory (elephant, whales’ teeth, boar tusk, etc.) & steel; a tool related epiphany resulted from an afternoon in Provincetown, MA where I chanced upon the workplace of Craig Littlewood (deceased), “the Ivory Carver”. My original inspiration came from the intricate handles of modern knives, but soon embraced scrimshaw and European styled miniatures. In the 1980s saw the end of my 20 year College hiatus, and I returned to earn a BA in Art, with a focus on 3-D sculpting-jewelry making. Over the years, I have attended California Blacksmith seminars, studied with Frank Turley in Santa Fe and taken knife making courses with Hill Pearce & Don Fogg at Smithville, Tennessee’s Appalachian Center for the Arts. Recently retired, the areas surrounding my bench / easy chair are again accumulating dust and shavings! I can provide some additional photos of past & recent work to verify my artistic claims. Note: “Willendorf 2000” is a mixed media wearable piece-in-progress Cheers, Rick U. Some miscellaneous items that haven’t been sold, traded or gifted away…elephant ivory, bone & elk antler