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The Santa Fe II is a double masted studio easel for the serious artist, excellent for large work. Fully adjustable, it's made from hand-rubbed, oil-finished solid oak, for beauty and longevity.
Best easels are designed to be much more than just something to rest a canvas on. Fully guaranteed by the manufacturer, they are an indispensable tool for the artist, with features built in that will serve for a lifetime.
The mast of the Santa Fe II is self-contained in its own box construction, and slides upward without the fuss of additional bolts and knobs. A deluxe, 26" wide painting tray offers two 1 quart stainless steel canisters (included). Non-skid rubber grips secure paintings on the tray. A winch-lift system raises and lowers canvases up to 200 lbs (91 kg) with ease. Front locking plastic casters are included with the Santa Fe II. It has a double-laminated quad base and side frames.
This easel offers a variety of settings for sitting or standing, plus angle setting. It folds flat for easy storage. Ships partially assembled. Box dimensions are 77" × 30" × 10" (196 cm × 76 cm × 25 cm).
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To view a PDF on how to assemble the Classic Santa Fe II Easel, please click here.
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Love this easel!
By The artist nurse
from Lizella, Ga.
Comments about Best Classic Santa Fe II Easel:
Incredible for adjusting height of canvas.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Quality not quantity
from San Francisco
Will going to use it for work & hobby. It's a very durable equipment that will last forever.It's kind of an overkill and heavy.
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Ready to roll!
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My second easel!
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
A Really Great Easel
By Janie B.
from Chicago, IL
I bought the Santa Fe II because of it's incredible flexibility. The extension frame supports larger canvases. The double mast supports smaller canvases. The large paint tray moves independently of the masts, so the mast can stay low while you raise the big tray. There is a middle paint tray to hold smaller canvases so you don't accidentally hit the easel and toss a painting on the floor. The canvas holders are also grooved to securely hold a drawing board or hardboard. That helps with doing drawings to transfer to canvas.All this adds up to the ability to hold a wide variety of canvases. So many easels work best with only smaller canvases or only larger canvases. The easel is also very compact and fits in a home with 8 foot ceilings. Most pictures show a man using this easel, but it can easily be adjusted so a woman can use it too. And, yes, a woman can put it together too. Don't let the 92 lb. total weight scare you. The parts you have to handle (paint trays, canvas holders, masts, and winch) are a reasonable weight. The other major feature that I wanted was the marine winch to raise and lower the canvas. The Santa Fe II has a winch design that lifts from the middle only and has guides along the outside edges to help lift and lower the winch smoothly. My biggest complaint about this easel is the instructions for stringing the pulley cord. I had to re-string it several times because the paint tray wasn't lifting smoothly. Finally I looked at several pictures of the easel on line and figured it out. Now it works. I also thought the directions for attaching the winch could have been more detailed too. I had to ask someone with home remodeling experience about how to start the 5 wood screws and line them up correctly.I am very happy with this easel. It is exactly what I wanted.
from BC Canada
This easel is absolutely amazing. Fully adjustable with a winch. Solid and extremely well made solid oak. Its holding a 4.5ft by 8ft monster canvas no problem. Its a very serious easel, I cant say enough good things about it.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful American Craftsmanship
from Columbus, OH
First the good: This easel is flawlessly built from solid oak with the exception of some oak plywood in cases where you wouldn't want solid oak due to warping, but only in a couple small parts. It arrived perfectly in tact...I inspected every inch of it and couldn't find a single mistake in the build (I work with oak too as an amateur carpenter). The trays use a wedge lock system that really locks tightly with no wobble at all. Winch system works well too and is heavy duty. The not as good: From a design standpoint I found it annoying that the two smaller canvas holders could not move all the way down..they hit the top of the rails meaning you can't have them lower to hold two paintings or a painting and a reference of different heights. Also annoying is that you have to loosen the trays to use the winch (painting is not as securely held when lowering or raising). Castors are junk, go to a hardware store and get some good ones for $20 and swap them out if you have some know how. I also don't like how the painting tray and cups hit my knees all the time and how you can't put your legs under the painting. I knew this would be a problem though and I plan to build a stand to set the whole easel on so my chair can slide under it. I also plan to modify this easel in a non destructive way that won't void the warranty, building better trays / holders etc that can be swapped in if needed. Oak is oil dipped but this raised the grain so it is a little rough. A secondary sand would have helped the finish. I chose this easel over a Hughes (due to price though still hope to get one some day) over a Sorg counterweight (Didn't like the design) and over a Craftech counterweight (also due to design and price) because this one was the one that I could modify easiest and all my other furniture is Oak. I still love it despite all the picky things listed above...it really is a fine piece of American craftsmanship. Just needs some tweaks.
from Long Island NY
This is the best easel I have ever used. I wish I had bought it years ago. I paint large and it is so much easier to be able to move the painting up and down and gives me much better control while I work when it is the right height, especially in the lower portions of the painting. Very easy to use, and of high quality. I highly recommend this for the serious artist. I am considering buying a The Santa Fe III for my home studio.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Love the new easel
from Richmond, VA
The above categories to choose from are unrealistic. We have not seen many of the other easels, but we are extremely pleased with the one we bought! How can someone say "Best in its category" without seeing all the other easels too. However, I love the looks, solidity, construction, and function of the Santa Fe II easel. And the company was very prompt and courteous in replacing a broken caster wheel when we called. Very happy about the purchase!
from Warren Pa.
This is a great easel,BUT you will want to look for damage when you get it. Especially the cheap plastic adjustment knobs. I found one of them totally destroyed and many more cheap plastic bushings that were destroyed also probably from over tightening.I can't stress this enough you must look it over good. Dick Blick was very good about replacing all damaged parts at no cost to me.All in all the easel does what it is supposed to do,but for the price I was disappointed with the plastic fittings,it really does cheapen the look.
I Like it!
from Long Beach, CA
I am in a nutshell very happy with my new easel, I got it at a far better price than the highest priced place. It is solid to hold your work, My last easel was shaking if I wasn't in the center area, I have been putting off buying because of the money, I have come to the point where I am transitioning to becoming a pro artist. So I made the leap. Am I so happy I did that, This easel Rocks, Like I said Solid, very reasonably priced, Looks Great, I could see never buying another easel, unless I wanted one. Very easy to put together maybe 30-30 minutes, poor directions but easy to figure out and if you ever done it before that's even better, the knobs are bit tedious to loosen and tighten when you want to move the canvas and I would prefer the winch handle to be in the front. Bottom line is I am very happy with it and wish I would have gotten it sooner.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By Golden painter
from Damariscotta, Maine
This is a wonderfully sturdy easel and surprisingly easy to set up. I love it and am glad to have spent the big bucks to get an easel I absolutely love.
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