Bill Ritchie Design Work in Australia

with the

Bridget Farmer Collection

Above: Bridget's unassembled Mini Etching Press
Below, left: Bridget with her assembled Mini Etching Press and at the Tasmania Art Fair, right.

Specifications: 2017. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. MEP60041. 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, chase, user's manual and tools for assembly.

Comment: Bridget ordered her DIY Mini Etching Press on Etsy and then stayed in touch until it arrived and she had time to put it together. Not only did she put it together in quick order, she also made Instagram videos of it; and then she made a video of making her first print may be seen at Her Website is at and she shows her prints on In 2020 she celebrated her Australian citizenship by printing a plae with Vegimite and put the process on Instagram.

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Galleon Halfwood Press No. 26

Specifications: Serial No. 90026. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 3/8" 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 and drives gears (concealed) and with rack-driven bed, approximates a 6:1 mechanical reduction. Styled in solid black walnut wood with wenge interlayer on the base' foots. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized.

Comment: After Bridget had her DIY Mini Etching Press a year she ordered her Galleon, planning to finish and assemble it herself. Her Website is at and she shows her prints on

Other owners of a Galleon Halfwood Press are: Pat Austin (sold hers), Josef Beery, Carol Brozman, 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.

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