Finalmente! I finally have my etching press (torchio per incisione)! It’s a Richeson 11 inch ‘Baby press’. I’ve been waiting to buy this bambino for a long time. During the 2010 Winter Olympics, I ‘accidentally’ rented out my guest room to a very nice couple of lawyers from Michigan. I decided I would use the money to buy myself the Baby press from Daniel Smith in Seattle. I knew 3 printmakers who had one so I knew that it was small but sturdy and very well-built. I made several attempts to get one in Seattle, but something always went wrong. One time I called ahead to make sure they had one in the store, but by the time I arrived it had been sold, another time the only one available had a dent in the press bed, another time I got stuck in traffic and didn’t make it there before closing time, and when I went to see U2 in Seattle, I was with too many other people and it was out of our way. Uffa! I thought I would never have my little torchio and be doomed to printing with a pasta machine!
I recently found out that a printmaker I know bought a bigger press, so I asked her if she wanted to sell her bambino. She was apprehensive at first, but I assured her he would get a good home and lots of love. She finally agreed to the adoption and yesterday I picked him up from her studio. It only took me 4½ years to get my torchio! I can’t wait to use it for monotipi, punta secca and xilografia (monotypes, dry point etching and wood cut). Grazie Mitch, Ellen and Kari!