Bill Ritchie art and design work in Washington State
Cheryl Tlam and Harold Foster Collection
Passive side and active side of Galleon No. 14
Artist's comment: Harold sent an email after he saw the Halfwood Press exhibited at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in September, 2013, and then came for a studio visit with his wife, Cheryl, to pick out his birthday present. While they were in the gallery, Cheryl mentioned the resemblance of the press' profile and da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" ink drawing, which set in motion a new twist on my Perfect Press theme. They settled on the Galleon Halfwood Press took Number 14 home and immediately began work. Cheryl is a professional graphic designer and she later stepped up and produced the graphics for Halfwood Press promotions in the Journal of the Print World and the Southern Graphics Council.
Press Specifications: Made in 2013. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90014. Roller diameter 2 1/4" x 9" long, top and bottom. Bed is 5/16" polycarbonate, 9" x 26". The overall length is 27"; overall width is 13 3/4"; overall height is 15". Weight is 50 lbs.; Drive wheel is 12" 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 PressGhost memory and USB extension cable for connecting to a computer.
Get a glimpse of the team testing their press,
Cheryl's offhand remark that the Halfwood Press logo reminded her of the famous da Vinci pen and ink drawing, "Vitruvian Man," inspired an image which she, as an accomplished graphic designer, volunteered to put the concept into an advertisement (below).
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