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Will Tuthill Collection

Frigate Halfwood Press No. 3

About Wil Tuthill : Will Tuthill contacted me in the autumn of 2012 with some interesting insights into making a miniature lithograph press, plus he was starting to make prints using vitreography. His interest was picqued by the Halfwood Presses and in the winter and spring made his decsion to buy his Frigate. I thought his crayon-manner lithographs were so fine it is likely he will transfer this skill to vitreography as well as his intaglio and relief printmaking. The arrival of his press will coincide with a show he plans in May of 2013. You can see Will's Website, Toad Stone Studios

Press Specifications: 2013. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750003. 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. The owner also ordered the optional walnut printmaker accessory box, made by Jim Robertson.

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, Lionel Pailler, John Rogers. and Heather Van Wolf. Click on their names to link to these owners' pages.


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Email: ritchie@emeralda.com