Bill Ritchie design work in Washington State
in the

Robert and Trinity Hartman
Family Collection

Robert's press came as the DIY kit,
and it might look the above after he finishes it, and Certificate of Authenticity.

DIY Mini Etching Press No. 35

Specifications: Made in 2016. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. mep60035. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 inches in diameter and 6 and 5.5 inches long, respectively. The bed is 3/8 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 16 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches diameter. Bed is rack-driven, approximating a 6:1 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 and tuning. Also the press designer's book, "A Printmaker's Tale" and a certificate of authenticity listing other owners of Halfwood Presses.

About Robert: (Under construction)

Comment: We are neighbors, and Trinity visited the Mini Art Gallery in 2016. She's Robert's spouse, and bought Robert the DIY Mini Etching Press for his birthday. As her interest in prints and printmaking grew, she introduced ink-making to her son, and brought an inkblot sample of their project, which was to make writing ink from natural sources such as tree bark and flowers.

Inkblot test from the Hartman ink-by-Nature experiment, 2019,
an example of chromatography.

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