How to use a Bow Drill

This drill may not have changed much since Roman times but it is still a useful tool for the modern jeweller - find out how easy it is to use!

About the Tutorial

As much as I love my pendant drill my bow drill will always have a special place in my heart and in my studio. It is one of the tools that I inherited so I love it for it's personal history as much as for the fact that bow dills have hardly changed since Romans times!

Mastering a bow drill is like learning how to ride a bike - it takes practice, but once you've got it, you've got it. This short video class will give you all the tips you need.

This video class is just one in a collection of free tutorials. You can enrol on each one individually or enrol on the whole bundle so that you don't miss out on new classes!

Tools and Materials

To learn how to use a bow drill you will need a centre punch (or old nail or similar and a hammer!) to create a seat for your dill to sit in, a practice piece of copper to drill through and a flat piece of wood to protect your bench.

Course Curriculum

Joanne Tinley

Tutor and Founder of The Jeweller's Bench

The Jeweller's Bench is run by Joanne Tinley. She has been making her own jewellery for as long as she can remember and left her first career as a school teacher to set up business as a  jewellery designer and tutor 15 years ago. She is
self-taught and like many people started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making,  one that she is keen to share!