Modify Your Tools to Work for You!

Course Description

About this course

Learn to fix, modify, transform, morph, and adapt varying jewelry tools to work better, easier, or in a different more custom way. No more tape on the pliers to lessen marking – modify your pliers so they don’t mar metal! Learn to polish up a hammer to a perfect sheen and create a hammer that delivers a texture uniquely your own! Learn to make a tool to bend rings or bracelets easily. Want to file square corners without having to worry about undercuts? We will modify a file that does that job! Looking to make a chasing tool? We can do that too!

Additional tool and demonstration will include making a tool for sanding the inside or outside of tight holes, slots, edges, or those difficult to reach places, a modified plier for making earring posts under 30 seconds, how to sharpen a drill bit, modifying pliers to make bezel bending easier, and more!

Onsite reopening will follow all necessary safety policies and state mandates. Please click here to read current and up-to-date information regarding Metalwerx health and safety protocols. 

Meet the Instructor

David Baird

David Baird has been making jewelry for nearly four decades. He received his bachelor's degree at the Evergreen State College, and his MFA from The School of the American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He also has a GG (Graduate Gemology certificate) from the GIA.

David sells his work nationally and has taught classes and workshops for at least 30 years around New England including Metalwerx, DeCordova Museum School, and Lexington Arts and Crafts Center. More recently he has been developing specialized jigs to make bench processes easier for his students. The Directed Open Studio courses at Metalwerx are led by David because of his vast knowledge about the many facets of metalworking.

Over the past 15 years, David has expanded his repertoire to include lapidary cabbing and carving. He now devotes his time between two studios, both lapidary and jewelry, taking on commissions by request. His studio is located at the Waltham Mill Buildings, near Metalwerx where still he teaches regularly.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $20 materials fee for this workshop that is payable upon registration. The materials kit covers a pair of pliers to modify, graver handles, fork tines, carbide wheels, variable grinding discs, mandrels, felt buffs, variable sand paper, broken or dull drill bit and bur, and needle file to modify. 

Students should bring 
  • additional old chain nose pliers to modify
  • additional marred pliers to refinish/polish
  • additional dull/broken bits and burs to modify/resharpen
  • personal dented/dull snips to fix/refinish
  • personal hammers you wish to refinish/polish
  • old hammer(s) to modify for texturing (can be household or other)



Materials Cost



David Baird


July 27 -28, 2021


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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