Bill Ritchie Design Work in France

with the

Lionel Pailler Collection

Passive (left) and active sides

Frigate Halfwood Press No. 5 -

and a New Year's Greeting card from its owner


Bill's comment: Lionel wrote to me in 2012, expressing interest in a Halfwood. He ordered a Frigate in April, and by June 2 it was ready to ship. He immediately sent snapshots of his press sitting on his desk in his Limoges home, with these words:

"I received the Frigate Press and the dream became a reality. The Frigate Press is beautiful and your work is splendid! I am happy and proud to be part of the community of halfwood press users. You are a great Man! Who put the art of engraving service more. My first printed image with the Frigate Press will for you. Thank you very much Bill! - Lionel"

Later, I was pleased even more to receive one of a small, limited edition of aquatint/drypoint prints from Lionel.

Press Specifications: 2013. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750005. Specifications: Roller diameter 1 7/8" x 7.5" long, top and bottom. Bed is 3/8" polycarbonate, 7 1/2" x 21". The overall length is 22"; overall width is 12 3/4"; overall height is 13". Weight is 26 lbs.; Drive wheel is 10 1/2" diameter stainless steel. The bed is rack-driven, approximating a 3:1 mechanical advantage. Woods used are American black walnut with wenge interlayering. The pressure screws are linked and synchronized. The press included three etching felts, user's manual and plus a PressGhost memory and USB extension cable for connecting to any computer. A complimentary print by Bill Ritchie from his press test was also included.

Other owners of Frigate Halfwood Presses at the time of this entry are Mandi Ballard, Steven Calabrese, Clyde Downs of NSU, Marzanne Fullerton, Cecilia Langer, Lu McBride, John Rogers, Wil Tuthill and Heather Van Wolf. Click on their names to link to these owners' pages.

See the YouTube video of Lionel's press being tested before it was shipped:


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