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Steven Smokey Calabrese Collection
Passive (top) and active sides of Frigate Halfwood Press No. 4
Frigate Halfwood Press No. 4
Specifications: 2013. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750004. 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, paperback, "Halfwood Press: The story and gift T-shirt in a black walnut box. Also in the hood is mounted a PressGhost flash drive and USB extension cable for connecting to any computer.
Comment: Steven Smokey Calabrese contacted me in late February about getting a press, and by March he had chosen the Frigate as an ideal size. After a trip to Italy he was back and I finished his press in May. You can see the press in its test in the You Tube video, below.
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