Bill Ritchie art and design work in Massachusetts
Patty Bruce Collection
The active and passive sides of Mini Halfwood Press No. 97, the Red Press.
Mini Halfwood Press #97
Specifications: 2011. Mini Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60097. Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in polycarbonate 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 red heart, bloodwood and paduk. The instrument box is mahogany and baltic birch trimmed in bloodwood. Included are felt blankets, copper plate, Allen Wrench, DVD of the press test, and User's Manual, which includes an excerpt from, Halfwood Press-The Story, available at www.amazon.com .
Comment: Patty called in 2010 and in 2011 reserved her press. She is a bookbinding artist and had recently had a lesson in electro-etching. Small prints and electro-etching, for Patty, pointed the way to getting her Mini. "I like woods with grain and reddish qualities, or black , " she said. After we talked and exchanged more mail, she settled on the red heart wood to make the Red Press. I find many references to Patty's work online, such as one which showed an example of her binding: http://www.philobiblon.com/bindorama10/index.html
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