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.