Bill Ritchie Work in the

John Weaver / Jeff Geib Collection


Passive and active sides of No. 68.

Mini Halfwood Press #68

2010. Mini Halfwood Press. Serial No. 60068. Specifications: Rollers are 1.5 x 5.75 inches top and bottom. The bed is 1/4 x 6 x 17 inches in polycarbonate (the standard); overall length is 17.5 inches; overall width is 9 inches; overall height is 10 inches; weight, 12 lbs.; drive wheel is 8 inches diameter in stainless steel; the woods used are black walnut base with ipe inlay and cladding the steel, walnut hood capped with ipe. The instrument box is poplar, baltic birch trimmed in ipe. Included are felt blankets, copper plate, Allen Wrench, User's Manual (with an excerpt from the out-of-print, Halfwood Press-The Story, now available as a Kindle book) and DVD.

Artist's comment: John ordered his Mini in partnership with Jeff Geib. John said he is mostly a painter and hadn't done any printmaking since college in the 80's, but enjoyed it. "This is great way to get back into it, probably with drypoint, and go from there, maybe monoprints as well," wrote John. Jeff and John have worked in a co-op studio in Salunga. Jeff had a show in January 2013, and the reviewer said: 

"Geib does not do traditional etching but rather uses super thin metal plates, which are quite a bit cheaper, and a variety of really sharp pointy sticks, including one type of stick with sandpaper on the tip. Each of the pieces in the The Weaver Suite was done with water-soluble inks on various etching papers, printed on a Half-Wood Mini etching press that was hand built for John Weaver and Geib. 'The press looks like the American Girl printmaking press, like Felicity used it,' Geib joked at the artist's reception." Read more.

You can see John and Jeff's press get its test on YouTube, below:

In 2014, John added a WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press to their collection.


WeeWoodie Rembrandt Press

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Email: ritchie@emeralda.com