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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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I like it, but...
from Las Vegas, NV
Comments about Conda Bamboo Lyre Easel:
I like the easel. It is comfortable because it's easy to adjust and seems well-made in terms of engineering. Now, my problems with the easel: instructions are pretty vague (I had to get help thru youtube, not entirely sucessful) and the wood finishing looks nice but I got my hands with wood splinters.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Portland, OR
I was scared for the construction after reading the reviews but my boyfriend got it together without much trouble and in a timely manner. It looks nicer than my older, more expensive easel. I appreciate how it flattens and can lean against a wall to be unimposing. The best feature is the slotted system for moving the height of the tray that you set your artwork on. It latches rather than a screw system that wouldn't age well. Main issue is how lightweight it is, somewhat unstable when changing settings but a minor issue and not an inconvenience really, just something to be aware of. I suppose if you had a big dog or small child tearing around the easel you might have to worry about them knocking it over unintentionally. Anyway, happy with it.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
from Las Cruces, NM
My husband had quite a time putting this together but thanks to comments/tips and photos on other reviews, he managed! It's my first easel and looks like it will be perfect for what I need - easy to adjust, very sturdy. As others have mentioned, this would rate 5 stars if it came with better directions.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Great easel! Fits larger canvases/frames and very sturdy.
from Coral Springs, FL
I own a custom frame shop and art gallery. We needed a couple of easels with the following criteria:-Bottom "tray" to hold art-Top "clamp" to hold art-Ability to hold some weight-Adjustment to hold very tall canvas painting-Price that won't break the bankThese fit the bill perfectly! That along with the fact that they are made of bamboo is a great combo.FYI, one might want to have someone who is mechanically inclined to assemble these...the directions are vague, to say the least.
Images shared by Kat
Back of the easels...you can see the top clamp which is used as a support since it won't reach the top of these pieces. You can also see the back leg which has a wing nut to adjust the angle...and is very sturdy.
60" tall metal paintings on the easels...the top clamp doesn't work with these, but they're well presented on these easels.
A great deal!
from Long Beach, Ca
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.
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!!!
(3 of 3 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.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(1 of 2 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.
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.
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