Bill Ritchie's design in Minnesota
Dawn Rossbach Collection
Active and passive sides of Pram Halfwood Press No. 107.
Pram Halfwood Press No. 107
Specifications: Made in 2012. Pram Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60107. 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 plus a PressGhost flash drive and USB extension cable for connecting to a computer.
Artist's comment: Dawn Rossbach sent email, then called, early in April, 2012, with her plan to buy a Pram for her home use. "I have a press a school, but I want one at home." She added she wasn't thinking of letting "the kids" use it at the school, and I almost argued with her but - upon reflection - decided it was best not to. However, I was thinking of other teachers who DO bring their presses to school where there is not one to use. I take her point. Why take a chance on saying the wrong thing? What do I know about it, really?
In 2020 I imagined where Dawn may live in Minnesota.
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