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Made of bamboo, a renewable resource, this ecologically friendly lyre easel is strong and durable.
With the mast extended, it has a maximum height of 90" (minimum height is 66") and holds canvases up to 50" high. It has a base footprint of 27" × 33" when open.
Directions are included for easy assembly.
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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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A great deal!
from Long Beach, Ca
Comments about Conda Bamboo Lyre Easel:
For the price you are paying this easel is a wonderful value. I constantly adjust the level the height of my painting while I work and this easel makes it easy. It does't take up lots of space, but can also handle large panels. Light weight and sturdy.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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great easel for my use
from lakeville, ma
I would have liked a better breakdown of the installation (i.e a picture of which screws were which and a clearer set of directions to assemble but what was there was eventually doable. I needed a heavier easal for bigger drawing pads and canvases and this is working very well.
NO written instructions
from Glenview, IL
Oops, I did it again. I already submitted a review for this bamboo easel. However in my review I wrote "There were written instructions. It should have read "There were NO written instructions. I'm a slow learner, but one of these days I'm just going to have to get in the habit of proof reading my work. whew already!!!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
A great deal for the price. The thing that I like best about it is that it has a locking height adjustment--a feature lacking in easels at three times the cost, whose height adjustment relies on a tightening knob that works by means of pressure. Another feature is that the support mast has spring tension.That said, It has to be pointed out that, as everyone has commented, the assembly instructions were a pathetic effort on the part of the copywriter. First, important parts and assembly steps were just not included. There were written instructions. I too, as well as others had mysterious parts left over-3 to be exact. I eventually figured it out, thanks to one reviewer. However, I had to disassemble the easel a couple times to fit the left over parts. In all, it took me several hours to assemble.Now I must say one thing. The first time that I used it, the legs did not remain locked. They kept spreading apart. I cured that problem by going to the hardware store and purchasing 2 lengths of 11 lb. single jack chain and three small eye screws. I came up 24" and secured the two front legs to the back leg. This gives me an almost vertical slant which is what I prefer. Had I wanted a wider stance, I could have come up higher than 24" or used longer chains. In fact, only one chain twice the length fed through the rear eyelet would have worked just as well.I have yet to try it on my largest canvas, which is 48" x 36". So only time will tell, but I'm sure that it will be fine.I hope that this review was helpful and that it was understood without boring you with minutia.
from Nowhere, OH
The instructions are TERRIBLE. Let's get that out of the road. Every review you see here on that is true, BUT, the assembly is pretty self explanatory. The only trouble you will have is figuring out what the springs are for.The springs go over the long bolts that attach to the back of the bottom tray. It is spring loaded so that it maintains a tight fit over the adjustment bar, and is mobile.The review claiming that this item doesn't adjust is false. Both the top and bottom adjust. The review claiming this easel is better for sitting down is partially correct. It will extend to standing height for bigger canvases, but the balance is all wrong.Only buy this easel if you plan on sitting while working. You are better off for a french easel of some sort for en plein air or standing work.The overall construction feels solid enough. It is not an Amish easel by a long way, but I confident that my painting will be both safe and sturdy.
(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Bamboo Lyre Easel
By Paint spattered youth
from Falls Church, VA
The bamboo lyre easel does not function. It looks like it was built from a photo of an easel by a design shop that does not understand the function of an easel. The top bracket should move up and down on the central mast in order to contact the top of the canvas and stretcher but if assembled according to the instructions it is fixed in one place and completely useless. there are no holes in the center mast to allow the bracket to move up and down. To repeat, the shop that built this easel does not seem to know what an easel is supposed to do.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: The upper canvas holder should slide up and down the rail if installed properly. A member of our Customer Care team will be in touch with you to see if we may be of any assistance in helping you get this easel fully functional.
Well worth the price
This is easel is well worth the price, if it hadn't been for the utterly worthles instructions I would have rated it 5 stars. Even with the poor instructions it only took about 15 minutes to put together. The only improvement I would liked to have seen (besides better instructions) would be a cross bar at the bottom front. The light weight of the easel and the spring tension on the mast makes raising the mast impossible without supporting the frame. A cross bar spanning the bottom of the front legs would give a convenient foot hold and allow one handed operation of the mast.All in all its a well designed easel at an unbeatable price.
Great Easel - Nightmare instructions
from atlanta, ga
This is a medium-weight easel and will definely do the trick. I really like it BUT the instructions are terrible. Someone needs to rewrite them. It's very confusing with just drawings and arrows and it's not drawn to spec. Otherwise, this would have received a five star. It really is a nice little easel.
Received Easel Today... Decent
from Northwest Indiana
I just received this easel after ordering it only 2 days ago. So far it seems like it'll be a solid product but the instructions arent that well. Thanks to the other reviews, I am able to piece it together. I hope it works out!!!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Solid Easel with decent design
By Tim Rees Fine Art
from Scottsdale, AZ
Once put together, this is a solid easel, and I've kept a few of them around for my students to work on. The canvas support shelf locks into place in the metal grooves, making it more sturdy and longer lasting than easels with knob tightening mechanisms- this was what initially attracted me to the easel. The downside to this easel is that the metal grooves only travel about halfway up the mast, meaning the artist is unable to stand up and work on a painting at eye level (Unless the painting is 18x24 or larger). This became a problem, as I required my students to stand in order to step back and/or work sight size, and most of the work they did was 16x20 or smaller. The solution was to flip the top canvas support (which is held in place by tightening a knob) upside down and rest the canvas on it, securing the top of the canvas with a clamp. It worked well enough, but then defeats the purpose of having a shelf supported with metal grooves. The collapsablity of the easel was nice, and makes storage great, and the price can't be beat. Overall, I would recommend this easel if doing the majority of work sitting, or if working on pieces larger than 18x24.
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