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Ava Everett Collection


Active and passive sides of Galleon Halfwood Press No. 15

Galleon Halfwood Press No. 15

Press specifications: Made in 2014. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90015. 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 with wenge interlayering. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual, the book, "Halfwood Press: The Story," onboard PressGhost data and USB/USB extension cable for connecting to a digital device.

Comments: I met Ava at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference in San Francisco in March, 20104. Not long after that, she ordered her Galleon Halfwood Press. Ava is originally from the San Francisco Bay area (including 13 years on a 36’ sailboat), Ava moved to Texas in 1989 where she began working in glass. Starting with the basics of stained glass technique and design, she found two-dimensional glass windows limiting to her flow of creativity. She went on to make three-dimensional glass kaleidoscopes and fused glass sculptures and jewelry. Ava spent two years working and learning on a glass blowing team and has studied advanced glass techniques at the Appalachian Center for Crafts in Tennessee; with “Hot Glass Horizons (HGH)” in Corning, New York and has begun to learn glass casting with Phil Teefy also through “HGH” in Portland, Oregon.  Currently Ava designs and makes fused glass masks and plates, as well as one-of-a-kind ceremonial Judaica. She also teaches private glass fusing workshops and is the glass-fusing director at Lake Bryn Mawr Camp for Girls in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. (copied off

Other owners of a Galleon Halfwood Press are: Pat Austin (sold), Josef Beery, Carol Brozman, Delores Carlos, Erika Chamberlin, Wendy Anne Crittenden, Gretchen Davidson, 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.

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