TOOL KITS

James puts tool kits together for two main reasons:

1. Quality Tools. They are mostly German, Swiss, and Italian manufacturers making for quality tools that will serve you for a lifetime.
2. Kits to Fit Your Needs.  These kits contain the essential basics, then as you advance in skills, you can add specific tools for the task at hand.

Tool kits run from $250.00 to $450.00. We can customize the selection of tools according to your needs.

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BENCH TOOLS

James buys and sells hard-to-find tools. These include bench shears, used torches, rolling mills, and water sanding machines. Although they can be bought new, many of the older units are better built and will last forever. James inspects all tools, upgrades them, and then sells at a fair price.

Contact the studio to learn what bench tools are stock, or if you are looking for a specific tool, you can let him and he will keep an eye out.

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TORCH KITS

James sells Smith Little Torch Kits. Each kit consists of a 20 lb oxygen tank, 5 lb propane tank, oxygen and propane regulators, and a carrying caddy. James exclusively uses Harris or Victor regulators. These regulators are the highest quality, and unlike others on the market, they are resilient and can take some abuse. All torch kits are made with new components.

If you would like more information on torch kits or would like to purchase a torch kit, contact the studio.

Torch kits cost $550

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KILNS

Since 1983, James has used most of the kilns available on the market. His personal favorite is Paragon, for several reasons:

1. Simple Design. A kiln has one purpose – to fire glass, PMC, or any other materials requiring heat. This means getting the work in and out in one move. The controls are in front of you, easy to read. And the latch is strong yet easy to open.
2. Fire Brick Construction & Recessed Coils. A jeweler can read the heat in a kiln by the brightness of the fire brick and coils. This is much more difficult with fiber inserts. Also, much easier to replace.
3. Customer Service. Paragon has technicians in Texas who will walk you through repairs, troubleshooting, and give advice. They also have tutorial videos and a presence on Facebook.
4. American Made. These kilns last. James had one Paragon that was struck by lightning. He replaced the switch and coil and was back in business.

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