Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools: Innovation in Metal Forming

Learn how to use Bonny Doon small forming tools to create your own forming stakes, or use them as forming dies in your hydraulic press.

Last edited: 10/28/2019

In the early 1990s, Phil Poirier created a line of jewelry incorporating anticlastic and synclastic shapes made from strips of gold and silver. The need for efficient hammers and stakes inspired him to develop and make a urethane-headed hammer and stakes to form the shapes he envisioned. His Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools take the innovations of his hammer and stakes to a whole new level.

Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools Complete Kit With All Tools and Adaptors
Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools Complete Kit with all tools and adaptors.

What’s unique about these tools is their incredible versatility. You can use them to create your own forming stakes, or as forming dies in your hydraulic press.

To create your own forming stakes, place the die adaptor in the Bonny Doon vertical vise and attach the appropriate die.

Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools in the Vertical Vise. The die is attached to the die adaptor to make a forming stake. The hammer in the photo is the new Small Bonny Doon Hammer.
Bonny Doon Small Forming Tools in the vertical vise.

To use these tools in the hydraulic press, attach a die to the Bonny Doon Ring Blade and then press into a block of 95 durometer urethane.

Small Forming Tools in a hydraulic press. The die is mounted to the Bonny Doon Ring Blade using the adaptor pin.
Small Forming Tools in a hydraulic press. The die is mounted to the Bonny Doon Ring Blade using the adaptor pin.
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