Bill Ritchie design work in Washington State
April Gleason Collection
Views of the active and passive sides of April's Frigate Halfwood Press
April's Frigate Halfwood Press No. 11.
Bill Ritchie's comment: April opened a studio in the same building as the Mini Art Gallery. The Halfwood Presses in the window caught her eye and she came right in, since she had taken printmaking classes in college and loved printmaking. Joe, her spouse, decided to give her a Frigate Halfwood for Christmas.
Specifications: Made in 2017. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750011. 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, Allan wrenches and a copy of the designer's book, A Printmaker's Tale .
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