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The active and passive sides of No. 45. The box is not included in this shot.

Ron's Mini Halfwood Press #45

Specifications: 2010. Mini Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60045. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in bronze; 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 bronze; the woods used are black walnut base with bronze corners. Ipe clads the steel. The hood is canary wood capped with ipe. The instrument box is poplar, baltic birch trimmed in ipe. Included are felts, 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.

Bill Ritchie's comment: Ron Myhre and I met at the 2006 Print Fair and talked about making a press with spalted wood. He proposed a collaboration and built the base. His Mini has a bronze bed and wheel and appointments. He gave me the idea of scrimshaw for the Plasteel press, and I used the idea in the screenplay, "Swipe." Later, he took on two more Prams on consignment from the manufacturer, Tom, and sold one to Jason Sobottka. Ron then bought a DIY WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press, assembled it, and prepared it especially for the Steampunk event in May, 2015.

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WeeWoodie Rembrandt PressA'Design Award
The WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press before and after assembly and before Ron's further work

DIY WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press Specifications: Made in 2015. The DIY WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press is a model the 17th C. press used by Rembrandt, pre-cut and drilled for easy assembly and prints intaglio and relief blocks. A pre-carved relief block and felt blankets. See the 20-page comical user manual which comes with the press - click here. Does not include ink, paper, or printing inks. (See more on the Printmaking World website). From his shop in Port Townsend, the Curator's Eye, he sold a WeeWoodie which in the collection of Ahna Packard.

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