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Steven Smokey Calabrese Collection


Passive (top) and active sides of Frigate Halfwood Press No. 4

Frigate Halfwood Press No. 4

Specifications: 2013. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750004. Specifications: Roller diameter 1 7/8" x 7.5" long, top and bottom. Bed is 3/8" polycarbonate, 7 1/2" x 21". The overall length is 22"; overall width is 12 3/4"; overall height is 13". Weight is 26 lbs.; Drive wheel is 10 1/2" diameter stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Woods used are American black walnut with wenge interlayering. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual, paperback, "Halfwood Press: The story and gift T-shirt in a black walnut box. Also in the hood is mounted a PressGhost flash drive and USB extension cable for connecting to any computer.

Comment: Steven Smokey Calabrese contacted me in late February about getting a press, and by March he had chosen the Frigate as an ideal size. After a trip to Italy he was back and I finished his press in May. You can see the press in its test in the You Tube video, below.

Other owners of Frigate Halfwood Presses at the time of this entry are Mandi Ballard, Clyde Downs at NSU, Craig and Marzanne Fullerton, April Gleason, Pamela Hathaway, Cecilia Langer, Lu McBride, Lionel Pailler, John F. W. Rogers, Fox Anthony Spears, Wil Tuthill and Heather Van Wolf. You can click on these names to link to these owners' pages.

Click to see the press being tested before it was shipped

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