Bill Ritchie Work in Washington Staste
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Lu Mcbride Collection



Passive (left) and active sides of Frigate Halfwood Press No. 2

Frigate Halfwood Press No. 2

Specifications: Made in 2013. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750002. 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 and plus a PressGhost memory and USB extension cable for connecting to a computer USB port and the book, "Halfwood Press: The Story" by Bill Ritchie.

Other owners of Frigate Halfwood Presses at the time of this entry are Mandi Ballard, Steven Calabrese, Clyde Downs of NSU , Craig and Marzanne Fullerton, April Gleason, Pamela Hathaway, Cecilia Langer, Lionel Pailler, John F. W. Rogers, Fox Anthony Spears, Wil Tuthill and Heather Van Wolf. You can click on these names to link to these owners' pages.

Artist's comment: Lu has been making prints for a long time and she used various hand-rubbing methods to get results, and occasionally took part in workshops where presses were provided. On the occasion of an anniversary, her family gave Lu and her husband cash gifts to buy a press and a laptop. They came to Halfwood Press and chose the Frigate Halfwood Press. I made a complimentary medallion to commemorate their 50th Anniversary, shown below.

Bill Ritchie with Lu Mcbride
Bill Ritchie and Lu Mcbride on the day she
got her press - a gift from her family. The
custom medallion was Bill's idea.

About Lu Mcbride: She is a member of several art organizations in the greater Seattle area, including Seattle Print Arts and Salons and Edmonds' ArtSplash fairs.

See Bill Ritchie's Patron's List for more peoples' collections - click here