Bill Ritchie design on Taiwan

with the

Hansen Cultural Enterprise Company Ltd.

 Image of DIY Mini Etching Press

DIY Mini Etching Press No. 9

Specifications: Made in 2013. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. m60009. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 x 6 and 5.5 inches. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 14.5 inch polycarbonate with steel rack; overall length is 15 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 13 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches diameter. Bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user's manual and tools for assembly.

Comment: We met with the owners of the Hansen Cultural Enterprise Company, Ltd., in San Francisco in 2014 at a vendor and publisher fair. The owners came to our booth with some printmaking material which had been made by a ten-year old on Taiwan. It was to be a demonstration, and they wanted to see if the Mini Etching Press was capable of printing the plate. I rolled ink on it and printed it (below), after which they informed me that this plate was not meant to be printed relief, but rather it was made for intaglio printing. So, I printed it intaglio, too. They bought the Mini Etching Press - at wholesale price - with a Memo of Understanding that their company would endeavor to be importers of our Halfwood presses to make them available on Taiwan. It never happened. Yet.

The image printed relief intended to be
an intaglio plate made on their product they
call, "synthesis plate"
being a type of plastic.

Julie Lin watches while Lee learns how to assemble
the DIY Mini Etching Press - Tom Kughler teaching - while Marjie Kughler looks on.

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