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Elsbeth Knott Collection

Active and passive sides of Mini Halfwood Press No. 79

Mini Halfwood Press No. 79

2011. Mini Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60079. Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inch polycarbonate (the 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 American black walnut with a walnut hood with ipe cladding on the steel and on the hood-ends and side pieces. The instrument box is poplar and baltic birch trimmed in ipe. Included are felt blankets, copper plate, Allen Wrench, User's Manual (with an excerpt from the out-of-print, Halfwood Press-The Story, now available as a Kindle book) and DVD.

Included with Number 79 is the Printmaker Chest, shown below. It is black walnut, and the fourth Printmaker Chest built by Bill Ritchie.

You can see Elsbeth's press in action on YouTube here :

Artist's comment: Elsbeth won a grant to produce her poems in book and print forms, and as she had printmaking classes in the past, saw the Halfwood press as a way to continue. Several months later she saw the Printmaker Chest and added this to her plans and requested one, mentioning walnut as a possibility, which worked out well. She got her press in mid-April.

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