Bill Ritchie Work in Washington D.C.
in the

John Rogers Collection


Passive (left) and active sides of Frigate Halfwood Press No. 8

Frigate Halfwood Press No. 8

About John Rogers: John bought the press on eBay on Valentine's Day, 2015. As this was an eBay purchase, nothing is available to larn more about John; however, the address indicates John F. W. Rogers' home and his position.

Artist's comment: It was the first time I listed a Frigate Halfwood Press on eBay, and John Rogers bought it. I had included an image of printing the two-plate print, the Rembrandt's Ghost stamp image. When I packed the press, I added one of the prints to the collection.

Left: Printing a test print on Frigate #8 Right: One of the 8 prints I made to test the press

About Number 8: Made in 2014. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750008. 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 Bill's book, "Halfwood Press: The Story" and a monoprint from the test prints by Bill Ritchie.

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

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