Bill Ritchie Design Work in Brazil

with the

Décio Soncini Collection

Specifications: 2014. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. MEP60010. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 x 6 and 5.5 inches. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 14.5 inch polycarbonate with steel rack; overall length is 15 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 13 lbs; hand-welded stainless steel drive wheel is 8 inches diameter. Bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, chase, user's manual and tools for assembly.

Artist's comment: A call came from Decio's brother, Denis, in Georgia, asking for information about the Mini Etching Press. Having ascertained the price for the DIY model, the order came and shipped to Georgia for Décio Soncini, an artist in Brazil. Through Cecilia Langer, also in Brazil, I was able to make contact with Decio Soncini and look at his work on his website.

Decio sent this image of his press and a print he made.

Decio's painting, "Imprimindo-ao-nascer-do-sol" image
he sent, the title may translate to,
"Printing at sunrise."

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