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Catherine "Cate" Pfeifer Collection

Active side of a Galleon Halfwood Press

Passive side of a Galleon Halfwood Press
Active and passive sides of Galleon No. 5

Galleon Halfwood Press # 5

Specifications: Made in 2011. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90005. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 3/8" polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" diameter stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Woods used are Brazilian ipe, American black walnut with wenge interlayering and trimmed with ipe . The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts and user's manual. In 2019 she got this press from its original owner, Pat Austin.

Cate Pfeifer printed a relief print on her press in January

Other owners of a Galleon Halfwood Press are: Pat Austin (former owner), Josef Beery, Carol Brozman, Delores Carlos, Wendy Anne Crittenden, Ava Everett, John Fairman, Harold Foster, B. H. Giza, Chris Groves, Kirsten Horning, Cathy Immordino, China Kay, Joo Hee Kim, Gene Laughter (d) , Eva Mastandrea, Kristy Melgoza, Lyle Miller, George Otsuka, Ritchie Foundation, Scott Skinner,  Tom Smith, Jo Tyler, and Ann Van Oppen.

Active and passive sides of Mariner Halfwood Press No. 8

Mariner Halfwood Press #8

About Cate Pfeifer: Cate ordered her Mariner Halfwood Press in February of 2017 - her second Halfwood Press. She commented that she would name her Mariner, "Big Sister," in reference to my remark that the original 2004 press, the "Century," was the mother of all Halfwoods.

Specifications: Made in 2016. Serial number 12008. American dark walnut with laminated wenge core. Twelve-inch wide polycarbonate bed, 34 inches long, rack driven. Synchronous pressure screws. Rollers are 3-inch diameter solid steel, top and bottom. Driving wheel is stainless steel 16" inches diameter. Geared and chain-driven driving the rack on the bed provide a 12:1 mechanical advantage. Included are three felts, adusting Allan wrcnches, user manual, designer's book "A Printmaker's Tale."

Comment: A couple years later, Cate responded to an offer to enter an essay contest to win a Galleon Halfwood Press despite that she alrady had two. The essay was to be, "What I would do if I had this press," and although she didn't win, her essay was a good, inspiring one.

Read her essay - Click here

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