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Mabef's traditional French easel combines an easel, sketchbox, canvas carrier, and some clever "foldability" into one box. This one is perfect for field work — it'slightweight and compact, yet solid and durable.
Mabef's Sketchbox Easel is made of oiled beechwood, with brass hardware and a leather handle. Its legs adjust to balance the load, even on rough and uneven terrain. It holds paintings up to 34" (86 cm) high. The canvas holder adjusts to any angle, from vertical to horizontal.
Its sketchbox is tin-lined with a compartmented, slide-out accessory drawer and a lid that slides off to become a wooden palette. More storage space is available underneath the drawer.
Maximum easel height is 72" (183 cm). It folds down to only 17¼" wide × 22" high × 6" in diameter (44 cm × 56 cm × 15 cm). It weighs just 13 lbs (6 kg).
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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
from Acton, MA
Comments about Mabef Sketchbox Easel M-22:
While this looked good coming out of the box, the second time it was set up, the pin on one of the leg stands which is used to hold the legs to the side of the box when the easel is closed up, pulled out of the leg and stayed in the locking mechanism. I'm going to have to see if I can get the leg replaced or the entire easel. Exactly the opposite of what I was expecting from this high end, at least in price, easel.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Other reviews slightly over-selling
By Candace X. Moore
from San Diego, CA
This easel is well-built, but not extraordinary. Most of the hardware is very solid, but a few items are on the cheap side (eg. box latches) and the carrying handle is not leather, it's plastic. In addition, the unit is heavy, it weighs 13.5 lbs, 4 lbs more than a older loaner French easel I've been using. The extra weight probably accounts for the feeling of greater stability. I'm a 120 lb female, and I don't want to lug that extra weight around. My painting supplies are already heavy enough.It's a decent French easel, but I don't feel the quality justifies the additional cost compared to other brands.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Absolutely the best
from Dawsonville, GA
The easel is well made, solid, easily transportable to the field and very adjustable. Others may look like it, but on a side by side comparison this easel is rock solid and better made. It can hold a wide range of work. I looked for a long time before making a purchase, and I'm very happy with the selection of this easel.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
What can I say Italian made!
Straight out of the box you can tell it is a quality product! After reading countless reviews I took a dive and bought the Mabef M22 French easel. I am extremely satisfied!!! I will admit, it's pricey but you "truly" get what you pay for. With this brand and I've always known Italian craftsmanship to be like non-other. This shines "true" with the Mabef French easel M22 I bought. The way all the moving parts slide so smoothly and effortlessly, the construction material used, it's large yet light weight, the leather strap is durable yet classy looking and the roomy interior makes it perfect for watercolor, oil painting, pastel and anything you can throw in it! Summer is here and i am ecstatic with my "perfectly" designed and crafted easel!
(26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)
Mabef and Blick the best
from Mendocino, CA
Paint en Plain Air exclusively.Have owned Mabef French easels for a very long time. Have owned others as well but use them only for students. Mabef is probably the best product on the market. Dick Blick provides excellent service and backs up everything they sell. Only problem with French easels is the difficulty in replacing lost brass parts. Other than that, this is a great field easel.
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