Bill Ritchie design work in California
George Otsuka Collection
Passive and active sides of George Otsuka's press
Galleon Halfwood Press No. 23
Ritchie's comment:The Halfwood Press Line showing a Mariner on an antique chest caught George's eye because of his fondness of fine wood crafted objects. We corresponded over some weeks' time, and then he included a stop in Seattle on a trip in May. He settled on the Purple Heart Halfwood Press and received it on June 14, 2017.
Purple Heart Galleon Halfwood Press specifications: Serial No. 90023. 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 and drives gears (concealed) and with rack-driven bed, approximates a 12:1 mechanical reduction. Styled in solid Brazilian purple heart wood. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual, assorted small parts, Allen wrench set, the designer's paperback semi-fiction book, "A Printmaker's Tale ".
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