Bill Ritchie design in Switzerland

in the

Ekk Lory Collection

Image of a Mini Etching Press similar to Mr. Lory's.

DIY Mini Etching Press No. 47

Press specifications: Mini Etching Press. Serial No. 6047. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 2.25 and 1.5, respectively and 5.5 inches in length. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 14.5 inch material with steel rack attached for driving. The press' overall length is 15 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weighing about 13 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches diameter. Rack-drive system approximates a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized.

Bill Ritchie comment: Ekk contacted me in 2018 and I forwarded his request to Tom Kughler. I followed up and Ekk replied that he would be finishing his DIY Mini Etching press #47 soon. In 2019-2020 we experimented with the PrintPal concept, with Ekk using laser engraving on Tetra packaging material. I used the opportunity to make a video under the name geosocial printmaking.

Click here to see Bill's first PrintPal video with Ekk's work

Screenshot from Bill's video on their PrintPal and Geosocial Printmaking exchange.

Ekk Lory comment: "Up to now, I’ve printed my post-cards mainly with the "Thermofax-Screenprinting." Also I built a "pasta-press" and then I looked again to several Halfwood Press videos and decided to buy a Mini. I’m working with screen-printing on fabric and paper up to 50 x 70 cm, Letterpress with an Adana 8x5, and, also new, a simple intaglio-press with 50 cm-rolls. Mostly I work with the combination of photography and print." In March, 2020, he sent this message: "I was making advertising-buttons for my "Print-Monday" (Druck-Montag), when the corona virus arrived. Nevertheless, the video about the "making of" can been seen next at YouTube. Here is a screenshot, because I’ve printed & embossed the prints with my Halfwood-Mini-Press." Check out his blog at

Screenshot from Ekk's video. See also his blog of plate-making and printing techniques at

Click here to see Ekk testing his Mini Etching Press.

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