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Winsor & Newton Thames Radial Easel
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2011
I've been attending art classes for several years now, at various venues, each using different equipment. This is by far my favourite easel used with a range of media including charcoal, oils, acrylics, and pastels.

Not only will it take a wide range of canvas or board sizes, it is adjustable for either standing or seated work without interference with the user's legs, chair or stool.

In addition, the work can be tilted forwards as well as back - many easels I've found are fixed at an angle away from the artist. Tilting forwards is a benefit when using dusty media such as pastel or charcoal, the dust falls away from your work. However, it doesn't allow for working near horizontal or flat, but few easels of this size will. Finally, if space is a problem, it can be folded away to the width of its narrowest element - the upright section - and put in a corner, a cupboard, behind the sofa, or under a bed.

It's a solid, sturdy easel, and weighs a fair amount so is comparatively stable in use; the downside to this is it's not easily portable. The adjustable elements are secured by large wingnuts which may be a problem for some hands (other easels have spring loaded catchess which are easier to loosen and fix again).

At around £100, this is a fair price for a fabulous, solid, working easel (not a ''toy'', Amazon).

(Also to note, Winsor & Newton used to do a good existing users' service whereby they'll supply any lost or broken parts. It's worth checking if it still applies. I rescued one from being thrown out at a class I was attending, it was deemed unusable because it was missing one block and bolt. W&N mailed me the missing parts within a fortnight!)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 October 2009
I've owned and used one of these easels from W&N for years, it's taken some abuse and is still working well. Very solid, a studio easel - not one for carting around too far as they're heavy. Can take large canvases or panels, in practice up to about 1.5m square.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 6 January 2010
Well constructed, sturdy easel and excellent value for the money. Extends to accomodate small or really large canvases, and takesup very little space in storage. Would definitely recommend to artists, amateur or professional.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I bought this easel for use in my studio, mainly for producing pastel and charcoal portraits, for which it has worked very well so far. The easel is constructed solidly of blonde-coloured wood. the workmanship is a not great, with pieces that ought to line-up nicely being just thrown together off-centre and a bit wonky. The easel comes in an enormous box, about 2 metres long, though it is not as heavy as it looks. Once opened, you find various components to be assembled with the aid of some fairly useless instructions. However, if you use the product photo (here on amazon) for guidance, you can see how the bits go together.

Once assembled, the easel is really rather good. The base is solid, secured with a big bolt and lever, and allows it to be set vertically, or be leaned back at quite an angle. There is plenty of adjustment to fix a drawing board (not included) at any height. I am over six foot tall, so to get my paper at eye-level, the easel height must be adjusted upward to almost its full height. This means that it may not be suitable if your ceiling is low.

Having used this easel for a few months now, I find it sturdy and stable, easy to adjust, and the base is small enough to not get under my feet while I am working. It is not the best easel in the world, but I'd say it represents pretty good value for money.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 17 July 2011
I always find the reviews helpful and made this purchase based on those I read. The easel arrived the next day and has lived up to expectations. Its good quality, stable and can be stowed.
Amazon beat every other price I found, as usual.
I wouldn't have put it in the 'Toy' catargory though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
I ordered this product on Monday and it arrived Tuesday when I got home from work. Incredible. It was well packaged. The easel is beautiful and very well made. Its design is simple, but sturdy and it took seconds to put it together. It is just too good to get paint splashed all over it, but I'm afraid that I will have to use it!! It folds down neatly and stores very well. I will certainly by more products from this seller. Gayle Cannon
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 June 2013
I remember using this exact same easel at art college thirty years ago. It was strong, versatile and incredibly adaptable to a whole range of positions and sizes. And this 2013 version has just gone from strength to strength. I cannot rate this easel highly enough. It's brilliant and all it needs now is to be aged and messed up a bit so it looks the part so the sooner I can start usingbitnthe better... It's just a bit too shiny at the moment. I've got absolutely nothing negative to say... Oh, except if you want portability, get something else. When this easel is put in place it stays put!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 18 March 2013
The AK47 of the art world. Not without reason is this the easel you will find in every serious art school and evening class. Its cheap; (hovering between £40-£70 since the 1980's), robust and versatile. It will handle anything from a tiny watercolour to a 6 foot square canvas and can be folded up and stacked in a corner when not needed. adjusting the various butterfly nuts that hold it together can be a bit of a chore, but this beast will outlive you!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2013
This is an excellent easel. It is robust and sturdy, but easily moved to another part of the studio. The design is very well conceived, making it very practical and versatile. I think I got a good bargain at the price. If you are thinking of buying a radial easel, I would thoroughly recommend this one.
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on 26 February 2015
I'm over the moon with this easel! For the price it is more than a bargain. Take a look at youtube and you will find a few review videos of this easel, just search for thames radial easel - I found it helpful to see the easel in action before buying. The easel is far bigger and sturdier than it looks in the picture here. I can comfortably paint on a 1 metre canvas with not much movement from the easel (placing the mast against a wall totally stops any movement)
There are spaces for a canvas and above that, room for another canvas or reference photo etc - I find this feature invaluable.
The easel has a large tilt range both forward and backwards.
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