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5.0 out of 5 stars Windrush art Easel, 30 Sep 2011
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This Windsor and Newton French style box easel, is actually much tougher than several metal easels I've employed over time and it is much more stable in winds and uneven ground than many I've tested out recently. It is handy for the studio/home and although it takes some getting used to -to unfold it without feeling a complete idiot if new to it all ( or damaging its legs or brass fittings: if exceptionally rough and short tempered whilst doing this) it really is worth the perseverance. Valuable to the professional or hobbyist,when you are used to them these easels could become a favourite; They are one of mine : Here's why...
1) Its weight is light enough to be usefully portable for painting and drawing but especially for painting (as long as you use something like a "Jullian" brand style French easel "Satchel" or large backpack/ or flight case if travelling far)but heavy enough to take reasonable size canvases or other supports without the easel appearing drunk and disorderly wobbling all over the joint. It's also easy enough to weight with stones etc... if necessary. That said it's not flyweight and is heavier than any aluminum sketching frame or trypod. Its best in my opinion for painting outside because of weight. So if sketching outdoors is your thing or you want to do it on everest get some lighterweight product for your sherper cause you'll know all about it climbing round the mountains near Assisi or Mont blanc!

2) Good workmanship & quality finish for its price but it will not stay waterproof forever without linseed oil rubbed on now and then. Usefully lined artists box (but not massive-won't carry the kitchen sink), which as others have said is very helpful for oils and chemical mediums needing storage away from your body as some paints contain mineral/chemicals that can be harmful.
4) It has sturdy enough fittings- carry strap and leather carry handel and rubberised feet with each leg extendable to varying lengths for uneven ground. However, I wouldn't carry it round relying just on them for long journeys,there bound for wear and tear!
3) I appreciate the range of movement from horizontal to vertical; in a tiny city spaced room that is mutifunctional it is practically a godsend to work with and especially so in small windowed rooms where maximizing natural light and space is important, and as others have said for watercolouring horizonally or near to it, the easel proves its usefulness- and all this on a budget yet can stay folded for storage when necessary-its fabulous value for the accomplished artist or those starting out. It is too tall to act as atable easel in my opinion given my city setting. Treated with Linseed oil it will weather nicely and give use for years. I'd reccomend it, I use it most of the time and can say that although you can't treat it haphazardly or neglect it if you don't want to replace fittings early on; its fun to use if you give it some occassional TLC. Mine was bought as a gift for budding artist. She Loves it and has bought one for her son to leave sin situ to learn too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windrush Fieldbox Easel (Winsor & Newton), 22 Sep 2012
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Getting the right field easel is not an easy choice, there are many types available and some are more costly than others.
This one does not compete with pochade box setups when it comes to weight and compactness, but it is very sturdy, which is why I bought it in the first place.
If it comes to stability and solidity while painting, this Windrush Fieldbox Easel beats any setup that is fixed to a camera tripod, because there is no wobbling of the canvas or panel when placing your brushstrokes. The first time I used this easel, there was a really strong wind, and while it took me a bit longer to setup in this weather, it didn't move at all when painting. One thing: it's important to screw all the thumbscrews on the legs thoroughly for good stability, particularly the ones of the rear leg. I'm hoping durability won't suffer from having to tightening the screws this hard repeatedly.

The tray is handy and large enough to put plenty of brushes and other tools in there.
If you have 200ml painting tubes, you won't be able to fit them in, but since I carry another box with paints, medium, paper towels etc, that's ok.

The least interesting feature is that it lacks room to put multiple wet paintings on, considering it's size.
You can fix one wet painting and carry it home, but when you make the effort to carry this 7kg easel, you may want to be painting more than one piece a day.
Taking an extra panel carrier is therefor highly recommended, wich in combination with the easel and the extra toolbox means we're heavily loaded.
I was thinking of rating this easel 4 stars but since I really love it, that would be underrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Field box easel, 18 May 2014
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Well constructed, nice and firm being quite heavy. Wish it could have been oiled or varnished but quality just the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quailty piece of kit, 4 April 2014
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Bought this for portable use. It has enough space for all the paints in the tray and is very stable as i have been using it in the outdoors. It may be heavy for some people but it is manageable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality, 25 Jun 2012
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This was bought as a gift for my granddaughter and she was soooo pleased with it. What's as important so was her mother who commented on the quality.."it's beautiful, like a piece of furniture". Made from quality timber with a cabinet-maker finish it should not only last me granddaughter a lifetime, but be passed on as an heirloom. A quality item and the service from the supplier was brilliant.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on, 9 Sep 2011
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Package delivered on time and in excellent condition. A very useful easel transportable and sturdy. I foresee years of use.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Field box easel, 11 Jan 2014
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Husband's choice and given as a present to him. Has yet to be taken out in the field!
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