Bill Ritchie Work in New York
Heather Van Wolf Collection
Active and passive sides of Frigate Halfwood Press No. 1.
Frigate Halfwood Press No. 1 (sn750001)
Specifications: Made in 2012. Frigate Halfwood Press. Serial No. 750001. 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.
Ritchie's comment: Heather sent an email in August and described her studio as having mostly antique furnishings, such as an antique painting easel; she also sails, and loves the nautical theme that informs the Halfwood design (and names of Halfwood presses). She studied at the Art Students League and learned etching there and wants to resume her printmaking work. In November, she sent the most amazing testimonial letter:
"November 15, 2012 - Dear Mr. Ritchie,
"I love my Halfwood Frigate! It is absolutely splendid to use and the prints I have been making are just beautiful!! I am so happy to have this printer because currently my right hand is not working correctly due to a spinal injury. Until I get a second neck surgery I cannot make beautiful new drawings- but I CAN make new prints from previously etched copper plates!
"So you have helped me through a difficult time with this inspiring piece of beauty and I am still creating! Just yesterday I sold 2 new etchings based on copper drypoints I had etched earlier in the year and printed with your printer this week.
"What is so amazing about OWNING one of your beautiful creations, is I can invite my clients into the studio and show them exactly how I make these precious etchings”which entices them into purchasing more work! I have also been able to really experiment with different colors and techniques and do not have to wait in line for the printer as I was doing at the print shop before. So Thank you Mr Ritchie. Many blessings. That was a sublime investment!" - Heather Van Wolf
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