Bill Ritchie's own design work in Washington State
in the collection of

Bill and Lynda Ritchie

The first Mini Halfwood Press #1

Specifications: SN6001, made in 2004. Mini Halfwood Press. Ipe, walnut, steel, brass. Serial Number 6001, with a unique brass medallion, built-in clock, music box, flash drive (called Press Ghost), roller rulers, and both a polycarbonate bed and a brass bed.

Ritchie's Comment: The first Mini Halfwood Press I designed and finished. Made by The Kughler Company in Seattle, Washington after our first Halfwood press, the Century. The "mother of all halfwoods" had a 24-inch wide bed, and Tom Kughler made a quarter-scale model on my suggestion. I wanted a model "just to look at," and it turned out it worked as well in printing as the big one! After trying it on the street, in parks, and in backroom demonstrations, I made a chest for it.


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