History of Tórculos Ribes

Handcrafting and building etching presses for printmaking

1945

1945

Jaime Ribes, Lleida native with a war on his shoulders, better known as “grandpa Jaume”, ask for a 150 pesetas loan to buy a blowtorch, a hammer, a chisel and few other tools which all fit in a wicker basket.

He manage to rent a small space in a workshop in Llacuna street in Barcelona, right at the base of a chimney, preserved at the Faculty of Comunication of Pompeu Fabra University. It is in that location that he offer his services as welder and sheetmetal worker.

1956

1956

At the age of fifteen, Carlos Ribes Fabregat, son of Jaime Ribes, starts working with his father. He learns the craft from him and, as time goes by, takes on the business.

1971

1971

Carlos –already as a the company manager– assists, by costumer petition, to a conference at the Northamerican Studies Institute which is then exhibing a last generation etching press. Although this is the first time that he sees a machine of that kind, he believes he can build one similiar, if not better.

1972

1972

Carlos RIbes Fabregat builds his first etching press. His great knowledge in weldering and iron sheeting, along with the constant comunication with his costumers, improve the quality of his machines.

1997

1997

Carlos Ribes Junior starts working alongside his father. As well as Carlos Ribes senior did years before, he learns the craft from his father and takes on the duties of the business.

2006

2006

Carlos RIbes meets the australian printmaker Cameron Frasker and together they dessign the CAMERON model: an etching press that has the same strength and quaility of the TC model (build up to the date) but adpated to market needs. Having an etching press in a workshop is no longer exclusive of schools, publishers or renown artists.

2018

2018

Tórculos Ribes releases his smallest press: the Cameron model 60x90

Now

Now

At present, we are proud to say that our first presses still work even after more than 45 years of service.

Direct sale: Shipments throughout Europe

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