Smircich-Henley Graphite Paddle
This 2" X 4" graphite paddle incorporates the Smircich Tail Stock Holder into its design. One of the outside corners is clipped off at a 45º angle and has a cup shape. Vince Henley greatly improved on this by designing a stainless steel insert for the cup shape. Like the Smircich Tail Stock Holder, the paddle's special feature is used by placing the tip of the mandrel into the cup to steady it. By holding the paddle/tail stock holder in one hand and the mandrel in the other, you can control the bead within the flame more easily. It becomes instantly more stationary as you rotate the mandrel allowing you to place the bead in the flame exactly where you need it and keep the bead on center.