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Sharon Navage Collection

Passive and active sides of Pram No. 113

Pram Halfwood Press #113

2014. Pram Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60113. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 6 and 5.5 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17.5 inch polycarbonate (the standard) with steel rack; overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, about 14 lbs; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Wood is solid American black walnut. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included two etching felts, user's manual, a PressGhost flash drive with USB extension cable for connecting to a computer, the designer's semi-fiction book, "Halfwood Press: The story."

Artist's comment: Sharon contacted me via email in early May and I sent her a picture of No. 115, owned by a former member of the Austin Women Printmakers (an organization which shows Navage's prints). I wanted to show Sharon how her press would look when I got it detailed. She replied, ". . . [Halfwood Presses] are works of art. Thanks. I have a big press, a griffin that I’m quite taken with; I can’t wait to get this little one though I like little plates some times and think the tiny plates are better done on a small press. I do hope mine is as pretty as the picture." A week later, the press arrived and she messaged: "It's perfect thanks."

Her website is http://www.sjnavage.com/

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