Active and passive sides of Galleon Halfwood Press No. 8.
Galleon Halfwood Press No. 8
2011. Galleon Halfwood Press. Serial No. 90008. Specifications: 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 Brazilian ipe, American black walnut with wenge interlayering and trimmed with ipe . The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual and DVD plus a PressGhost memory and USB extension cable for connecting to a computer.
Ritchie's comment: Gene contacted me from Glen Allen, near Richmond, Virginia after he saw a Mini Halfwood on Etsy. After a few exchanges he decided on the Galleon. When he ordered the press he quipped, "Most people my age won't buy green bananas. Here I am buying a new etching press!" I was sad to hear the news a couple years ago he was fighting a threat to his health and then, in 2017, someone contacted me to tell he had died. He was an expert on the little known art of bromoil printmaking, which uses a press similar to an etching press.