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, they pointed out the resemblance of the press' profile and da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" ink drawing, which set in motion a new twist on the theme of the Perfect Press. 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.
See this wife and man team test their press in a brief video glimpse:
That offhand remark about the Halfwood Press logo and how it was reminiscent of the famous da Vinci pen and ink drawing, Vitruvian Man, inspired an image which Cheryl, an accomplished graphic designer, volunteered to put the concept into an advertisement (below).
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