Bill Ritchie Design Work in England

in the

Warren Ralls Collection

Active and passive sides of Mini Halfwood Press No. 89

Mini Halfwood Press No. 89

Specifications: 2011. Mini Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60089. Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inch polycarbonate (the standard); overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, 12 lbs.; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel; the woods are American black walnut with a walnut hood with ipe cladding on the steel. Hood-ends and flat top are capped with paduk. The instrument box is poplar and baltic birch trimmed in ipe. Included are felt blankets, copper plate, Allen Wrench, User's Manual and DVD.

Below is Warren's print, "Broc and the Oak" he produced on his Legacy Mini Halfwood.

Click here to see his press test on YouTube:

Artist's comment: Warren, who lives in England, sent email expressing interest in a Halfwood Press, but wasn't sure it would fit his needs. When he said he might come to Seattle to try it out, I suggested maybe he'd like try making his own press. From his comments, I felt he qualified to not only carry on his printmaking but also to help in my plan for a network of Halfwood Press Workshops. He became the first person to make his own Halfwood Press, with an eye to starting a workshop outside the US. The next year he began, with his Website.

March 13, 2013 - on Warren's Facebook page, "What to do on a snowy Saturday? Be in the studio of course! Here is a picture of my little creations. In the group of three, the one in the front is freshly made, or dare I say, "hot off the press". At the back is the press I'm taking to Italy for the Design Award. The inspired design and innovation by Bill Ritchieis including a memory stick in the press with loads of useful information."

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