G. Phil Poirier’s first press consisted of a homemade frame and a 5-ton ram. The master gem-cutter simply “needed a bigger hammer.” In 1990, Phil bought his first Bonny Doon press. Since then he’s been creating phenomenal vessels and jewelry—small, intricate, seamless works of art, created with inventiveness, energy and the strong arm of machinery. Today, Phil is the owner/operator of Bonny Doon Engineering in Taos, New Mexico, where he oversees the development of the finest hydraulic presses and tooling systems for the jewelry industry. His tenure at Bonny Doon is informed by 40 years of working as a designer, craftsman and engineer. Phil has served as an SBDA judge in 2003, 2009, 2010 and 2016.