Bill Ritchie design work in Michigan
Charles Mandel Collection
Active and Passive sides of Charle's Mini Etching Press No. 32.
Mini Etching Press No. 32
About Charles: Charles is president of the Helmar Brewing Company, commented: "This press could possibly work into my card business, at least on some level. I was reading up on the art print business in 18th-19th century England and was surprised how many things my business has in common with those old guys. Some things never change and some things never disappear entirely.."
Ritchie's comment: Charles had been looking at the old-world businesses of printing and found they had many similarities to what his company does. He found the Mini Etching Press on Etsy and ordered it. He's a collector of significant devotional items, according to his Etsy shop description, explaining, "Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine." His shop is Sir Raffles Art and History.
Specifications: Made in 2016. Mini Etching Press. Serial No. mep60032. 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. Pressure screws are linked and synchronized. Includes two etching felts, user's manual, tools for tuning and copy of Ritchie's book, "A Printmaker's Tale.".
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