Bill Ritchie designs in Australia
Barbara Boyle Collection
Barbara assembled her own Mini Etching Press similar to this studio example.
DIY Mini Etching Press No. 6
Specifications: 2013. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. m60006. 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: Barbara sent an email from Tasmania, her home state, with her interest in having a press small enough to take on a camping trips in Australia. She was completing her studies in art. She ordered the DIY kit to make the Mini Etching Press, and she was the first person in the world to do this. I am watching for news from Barbara to see what she's doing now.
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