Professional equipment for professional results
Artists' easels comfortably position canvasses to the artist's individual needs and allow artists to move about freely with access to paint, brushes, and other accessories. Studio easels come in A-frame, convertible, hybrid, H-frame, and single-mast styles. Wood easels are commonly made of seasoned elm, oak, and beech wood.
A-frame easels provide a sturdy foundation, as the single rear leg allows for corner placement and folds for storage. H-frame easels securely hold larger, even giant canvasses -- most have forward tilt or crank adjustments and convenient trays so artists can work comfortably sitting or standing. H-frames are heavier and bulkier than A-frames or single-mast easels. Space-saving single-masts are the simplest and most affordable easels, but not as sturdy and flexible as A-frame and H-frame studio easels.
A new attitude
Revolving easels rotate canvasses 360 degrees for a better brush or palette knife strokes; workspace is unobstructed and the easel never needs to be repositioned. These steel easels create a strong base, but do not accommodate extremely large canvasses. Some convert to tabletop easels. The design reduces fatigue and creates a workable environment for physically challenged artists. You can add rotating palette shelves to further simplify the workspace.
Studio easels with front telescoping braces and rear telescoping legs support canvas angles from flat to vertical. An easel with an external counterbalance mechanism securely holds the canvas, as it seems to float in the air. With a slight touch, the canvas and trays move up or down for a comfortable, individually designed workspace and smooth height transitions, regardless of canvas dimensions.
The wood easel you select should be sanded to a smooth surface and hand-rubbed with oil. Joints should be assembled using a combination of glue, nails, and wood screws for guaranteed strength, and only the highest quality of hardware should be used. Many manufacturers offer lifetime warranties and replacements for parts that are lost or damaged beyond their normal-use provisions.