When it comes to quickly and accurately forming metal, hydraulic power is peerless—and there's no better hydraulic equipment than a Bonny Doon press. Built by jewelers for jewelers in Taos, New Mexico, Bonny Doon's smart engineering and solid workmanship make it the safest, most ergonomic press on the market. A healthy selection of special kits and tooling makes it the most versatile. And whether you're looking for bells and whistles or a basic setup, Bonny Doon is the best value anywhere.
1. Save Time and Money, Every Step of the Way
From start to finish, the Bonny Doon hydraulic press significantly reduces the time it takes to produce a piece. You'll achieve smoother, better results with far fewer hammer strokes, minimizing wasted materials and imperfections that require finishing. Form heavy-gauge metals. Create exceptional shapes without marring fragile metals. You can even form patterned, engraved or overlaid metals with zero denting or distortion to the design.
2. Built for Safety
Bonny Doon is quite simply the safest press on the market. Cleverly concealed return springs offer remarkable power and rapid cycle times, all while remaining contained within the upright columns. The ram's orientation, coupled with an innovative flange system, helps to keep the operator out of harm's way. And with several styles of containment tooling, the volatile pieces of your die and work stay protected during pressing.
3. A Tool for Every Task
If you make rings, earrings, bracelets, pendants, holloware, deep vessels or anything else your imagination can summon, Bonny Doon allows for complete customization with a slate of specially designed accessories and kits. Repeat incredibly consistent shapes or create one-of-a-kind organic volumes. Draw deep, seamless vessels without thinning or stretching metal. Even better, you can swap out quick-change magnetic dies and other straight-forward tooling in a matter of seconds.
4. Made with Love in Taos, New Mexico
The folks at Bonny Doon understand the needs of jewelers because they’re jewelers, too. Every inch of Bonny Doon tooling is backed by decades of experience and designed for unparalleled ease of use. Crafted from American steel and welded by a certified master welder, each Bonny Doon hydraulic press is built to last a lifetime in Taos, New Mexico, USA.
5. Priced to Please
Whether it's a basic manual press or an electric press kit that's loaded with accessories, there's a Bonny Doon for you. Kits offer value and convenience, with everything to get you started for one great price. If you thought you couldn't afford hydraulic forming, think again: A basic Bonny Doon manual press, including a hydraulic jack and a pressure gauge, starts at just $995.
G. Phil Poirier is a master jeweler, goldsmith and gem cutter, as well as Bonny Doon's owner and chief tool designer. Phil started making jewelry in 1971 after discovering the art of metalsmithing in high school. It wasn't long before he was making his own tools. Since buying his first Bonny Doon press in 1990, he's used hydraulic forming to create phenomenal vessels and jewelry—small, intricate, seamless works of art—wraught with inventiveness and the strong arm of machinery.
Today, Phil is the owner/operator of Bonny Doon Engineering in Taos, New Mexico, where his tenure is informed by 40 years of working as a designer, craftsman and engineer. Obsessed with sharing the tool and technique innovations he's unearthed, Phil is the author of several jewelry and metalsmithing books, as well as a passionate instructor who's taught across Europe and the USA.
"I have to say that my Bonny Doon Classic Electric Press has changed my life. I use blanking dies often, and within a few minutes, I'm able to cut numerous bracelets and rings. It's astonishing how quickly I can form a bracelet using the Bracelet Former and complete a ring with the Ring-Forming kit. I can also use this invaluable tool with my Bonny Doon Pattern Plates and create a stunning pattern on my metal. Thank you, Phil, for producing such an outstanding product!"
Date: September 12–13, 2017
See and learn what the strong arm of machinery can do in your jewelry-making and metal-forming work in this two-day hydraulic forming class held at Rio Grande.
Date: September 14–15, 2017
Gain a deeper understanding of the underlying processes involved in hydraulic forming in this two-day intermediate class, helping you to make better judgements on how to form metal for your one-of-a-kind designs. Class held at Rio Grande.