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Percy Coate, the developer of Coates Willow Charcoal, began experimenting in the 1960s with the willow he grew to make drawing charcoal. Following in the steps of his grandfather, Robert Coate, who bought and sold local willow crops beginning in 1819, Percy Coate worked on his technique for a number of years before perfecting it. By the 1970s, he was finally ready to share Coates Willow Charcoal with the world.
Today Coates is still very much a family business, with family members involved in all aspects of the operation.
The willow plant used for making artist charcoal grows very quickly, ready for use after only one growing season. The process that turns raw willow sticks into willow charcoal, a simple yet indispensable tool for fine artists, takes three days. For many years, Coates Willow Charcoal has been recognized as the best-quality charcoal in the world.
Coates Premium Artist's Willow Charcoal is available in five sizes.
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Great Quality Charcoal!
from Bronx, NY
Comments about Global Art Coates Premium Artist's Willow Charcoal:
These charcoal sticks create lovely, strong lines that add great dimension to sketches. Thhey are very soft and strongly pigmented and I am so pleased with this purchase. Just be careful wih the skinniest ones so they don't snap!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Coates Willow Charcoal
By jon the artist
from Kalamazoo Michigan
Coates Willow charcoal gives rich dense blacks and a full spectrum of tonal ranges. Unlike vine charcoal, willow charcoal is not locked into one tonal range. When combined with good paper, the possibilities are limitless.
Coates is an all-time favorite of mine
from Panama City, Florida
After traveling the country in the 70's doing charcoal and pastel portraits (charcoalpencil and pastels) my oil painting technique and study of the Masters encouraged the more painterly quality of Willow Charcoal. I remain in favor of the Coates WillowCharcoal and Sennelier Soft Pastels due to my preference to paint even withdry media.
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love this charcoal
By oil art instructor
from manassas va
I'm an oil painter so I have not had the experience with charcoal as others might have. However, I've used charcoal enough to know what I do and don't like, and I've been frustrated in the past with different types of charcoal and different brands. Last time I needed to purchase charcoal I experimented yet again with another brand. I got Coates Premium Willow Charcoal Thick. I love it , and my experimenting is over. This is the one I will purchase from now on.
Most Reliable Vine Charcoal
from Laie, Hawaii
I use this vine charcoal almost exclusively for all of my charcoal drawings. It's got the right texture and softness that I've come to trust and rely on. I've tried many other brands of vine(willow) charcoal and this one suits my needs best. The thinner sticks tend to be extra brittle and break but the thick sticks are just right for the type of drawing I do. The only other brand that has equalled Coates is Daler-Rowney willow charcoal. Coates is definitely one of the best and most reliable brands of vine charcoal out there.
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Best vine ever!
By Cora Mae
The smoothest vine I've ever used. It's black, not gray.Never any roughness, and a great variety of sizes. Easy to blend or erase.
Soft and rich
from Portsmouth, NH
I use this on 70lb utrecht paper and it lays down well and blends nicely. It creates a nice rich tone and is seldom scratchy. This is the thickest gauge charcoal I use since I find that the thicker sticks are not as soft. Coates has a fascinating history.
Good Service, Good Value
from Oviedo FL
Good value, On time delivery
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Smooth as Butter
from Silver City, NM
This is the only willow charcoal I have tried and found it to be such an enjoyable experience I will only use it in the future. It is like holding a stick of butter, it glides so easily over the paper. Easy to blend and erase as needed. Not at all messy like regular charcoal. Well, OK some dust buy very manageable. Even my instructor was impressed with it.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Coates is the Best!
from Arcata, CA
I have used Coates thin willow charcoal for years for students in drawing classes and for myself. It is the best vine charcoal I have used. It is very black, erases easily, moves around well and for the figure is great. In addition it does not have any scratchy particles.
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