Bill Ritchie design work in Wasington State
in the

Martha and Michael Hesch Collection


Active and Passive sides of Martha's Mini Etching Press No. 17

Mini Etching Press No. 17

Specifications: Made in 2015. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. mep60017. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 inches in diameter and 6 and 5.5 inches long, respectively. 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. Barrel nuts are brass. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user's manual and tools for tuning.

Comment: Martha's husband, Michael, called to arrange visit to the Mini Art Gallery to look at the range of Halfwoods that were available as a gift for Martha. He chose No. 17 for its brass barrel nuts, and the tung oil finish because it seems tough enough to withstand traveling - which he suggested was part of the plan for Martha's printing on the road.

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