Bill Ritchie design work in Wasington State
Martha and Michael Hesch Collection
Active and Passive sides of Martha's Mini Etching Press No. 17
Mini Etching Press No. 17
Specifications: Made in 2015. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. mep60017. Specifications: Top and bottom rollers are 1.5 inches in diameter and 6 and 5.5 inches long, respectively. 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. Barrel nuts are brass. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user's manual and tools for tuning.
Comment: Martha's husband, Michael, called to arrange visit to the Mini Art Gallery to look at the range of Halfwoods that were available as a gift for Martha. He chose No. 17 for its brass barrel nuts, and the tung oil finish because it seems tough enough to withstand traveling - which he suggested was part of the plan for Martha's printing on the road.
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