The Harlequin Press is a French-style laying press with one central screw pushing the middle cheek along two stainless steel bars – much like the Piccadilly and Pygmy presses. This larger than usual example – the cheeks are 70cm wide and it has 50cm wide backing boards – was made as a showpiece for a trade fair and now resides in the documents archive department of the Canadian government. It could be replicated on commission if desired and is included here as a demonstration of a piece that was done totally freestyle and without any drawings or even a complete idea in mind. The only part that was pre-planned was the plough, which was inspired by a love of Art Deco steam trains.
Ideas and inspirations for other as-yet-unmade presses and equipment are always invited and are most welcome.