Bill Ritchie art and design work in Washington State
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Betsy Best Collection

former owner Carol Brosman's page from the 2009 Halfwood Calendar featuring her Galleon Halfwood

Galleon Halfwood Press #1

Specifications: Etching Press. 2007. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90001. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 5/16" polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" diameter stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Woods used are American black walnut and oak with wenge interlayering and trimmed with ipe. Carol had her press retrofitted with synchronized pressure screws. The press included three etching felts and user's manual.

Comment: Carol Brozman was the first owner of the Galleon Press line. She passed it forward to Betsy Best.

The First Galleon Halfwood Press: After Tom Kughler built the Century Halfwoood, 24" Model , then the Mini and the Mariner, he suggested that a nine-inch bed would be perfect in every regard. So he built the Galleon - being between the Mini with its six-inch wide bed and the Mariner with its twelve-inch wide bed. At 50 lbs it's almost as portable as the Mini. I made Number 1 mostly of oak, with mahogany laminated in the base. Tom was correct about its popularity and the Galleon Halfwood Press was immediately a success. To learn more about the Galleon Halfwood Press go to the source.

Other owners of a Galleon Halfwood Press are: Pat Austin, Josef Beery, Delores Carlos, Erika Chamberlin, Wendy Anne Crittenden, Gretchen Davidson, Ava Everett, John Fairman, Harold Foster, B. H. Giza, Chris Groves, Kirsten Horning, Cathy Immordino, China Kay, Joo Hee Kim, Gene Laughter (d), Eva Mastandrea, Kristy Melgoza, Lyle Miller, George Otsuka, Cate Pfeifer, Ritchie Foundation, Scott Skinner,  Tom Smith, Jo Tyler, and Ann Van Oppen.

To see the testing of the Galleon, click here.

See the Patron's List for more peoples' collections - click here