G. Phil Poirier–Bonny Doon Engineering, USA
G. Phil Poirier is CEO of Bonny Doon Engineering in Taos, New Mexico, a company that develops and manufactures hydraulic presses and tooling systems for the jewelry industry. A true "smith" at heart (since his first silversmithing class in high school), Phil is a recognized designer, craftsman and engineer who has been maneuvering and manipulating metal into unimaginable forms for more than 45 years. He is a generous teacher who is the product of self-teaching and numerous apprenticeships and knows the value of hands-on learning. He is the recipient of the Reyna Award for Jewelry Excellence in 2012 and the Santa Fe Symposium® Ambassador, Jewelry Technology Leader, Outstanding Technical Presentation and Technical Innovation Awards. Phil is presenting for the seventh time at the Symposium.
The Ornamental Lathe
A brief history of the origins of the ornamental (OT) lathe will be followed with how it operates to ornament wood, precious and non-precious metal and other materials including wax. Discussed in detail will be the many different motions available to ornament your workpiece along with the many varied cutting frames, chucks and accessories. The paper also includes a look at current uses of the OT lathe and examples in different shops around the world.