Bill Ritchie design work in North Carolina
Nancy Scoble Collection
Active and passive sides of Pram Halfwood Press #129
Artist's comment: Nancy discovered the Pram Halfwood Press in mid-January, 2018, and wrote to me explaining how she saw the YouTube videos, including the one with Daniel Smith making ink, also some of students. She decided to buy the Pram (the last one) and received it ten days later, and immediately sent a snapshot of the press on her countertop - reminding me of Decio Soncini's painting he sent in 2014 of his Mini Etching Press at sunrise.
(Left) Arrival day snapshot by Nancy. (Right) Painting by Mini Etching Press owner Decio Soncini, Brazil, "Imprimindo ao nascer do sol"
Pram Halfwood Press No. 129
Specifications: Made in 2016. Pram Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60129. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 diameter, 6 and 5.5 inches long, top and bottom respectively. 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, Allen wrenches with instructions if needed, a PressGhost flash drive with USB extension cable for connecting to a computer, the press maker's book, "A Printmaker's Tale," and a Google Cardboard cell phone VR viewer.
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