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Cristina Muller Collection

Passive (left) and active sides of Cristina's Mini Halfwood, ebony press.

Mini Halfwood Press Number 48

2009. Etching Press. SN 60048. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in 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. Made in solid ebony with purple heart accents, and lacquered wood. Included printmaker accessory box, felt blankets and User Manual.

Artist's Comment: Cristina contacted me in 2008 and again in 2009, with her dream of owning a Mini Halfwood. Only one was available - a special one I had been working on for over two years, made of ebony. Very rare and expensive, ebony is also very hard to work. Cristina's decision to buy it gave me the impetus I needed, and the result is a crowning achievement for me, a fitting end to my 2004-2009 press-making venture.

Two videos on YouTube document this press. One shows it coming out of the box and how it is assembled:

-- and the second shows it being tested:

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