View Full Version : Trying to locate this pastel box...

09-11-2005, 01:18 AM
As you all know, I am constantly on the lookout for new pastel boxes to see if I can improve on my studio and field storage solutions. In the Oct '05 issue of Pastel Journal, I saw an ad for the Cheap Joes French easel and fell in love with the pastel box shown on that easel. And, of course, Cheap Joes doesn't sell this box!

Does anyone have any idea where I might find one like it? The main thing I like about it is that the lid is separate from the pastel box (and that it will rest on a french easel drawer).

I have included a section of the ad that shows the box. Any help would be appreciated.


09-11-2005, 02:54 PM

I guess I saw a site that had those kind of boxes. They were expensive though.
I'll say something if I find them again.



09-11-2005, 03:00 PM
That would be great, Jose! Expensive is relative...if it will protect my pastels that I have spent a small fortune on, the it will be worth the expense.

09-12-2005, 07:37 AM
I'm not sure, but just looking at the photo, it reminds me of my own larger studio box that was build by ______ Lynch -- darn -- I can't think of his first name. It is not Tom Lynch the watercolorist, but . . . darn, still can't think! Maybe this will jog someone else's memory. I love my studio box, but it is very large and I know he built a smaller one that would fit in the overhead bins of an airplane -- before 9/11 restrictions on things. Though, they were more expensive than the larger box -- yeah -- his name is Jim Lynch -- I remembered. I hope this helps.

09-12-2005, 08:50 AM
Sorry got carried away







09-12-2005, 12:24 PM
I've been wanting to see if this was the Jim Lynch box. He doesn't have any photos on his website so I hesitate to order one from him if only to find it is the wrong one. Perhaps I will email him tonight for a photo. I have also been looking at the pastel briefcase which is a similar idea, but WAYYYY cheaper than the Jim Lynch (under $100).

Truth be told, I should just stop visiting all of the websites of the advertisers listed in the back of PJ :p

Hi Dawn - I'd seen most of those before, but they aren't really a case with a separate lid, which is what interests me most. Thanks for listing them, though, since they may help someone else who is looking for something.

Thanks guys.

09-12-2005, 12:47 PM
I know I've been looking for the best "plein air" box and most likely have seen the pastel briefcase, but I can't bring it to mind at the moment. What web site have you seen it on? . . . sorry I just looked back at the first post and saw what you said.

And . . . now I see the lid resting on the back of the easel -- it does look just like my larger Jim Lynch box. He is a treat to talk to -- so if you can, just call him. It has been probably about 7 years since I bought mine.

Right now I am having my Dad build me a box to my specifications, a little like the Heilman boxes that I saw at the IAPS convention. I just couldn't bring myself to spend the $200 for the small one or more for the middle size. I think the large one is too large for me for plein air. That Heilman box is the best I have seen so far!

09-12-2005, 01:02 PM

I am intrigued and am just trying to figure out if it would be cheaper to have my dad make something like it. By the time I figure in shipping and duty, it might be much cheaper to sit with my dad for a weekend and create something. He's built stuff to my specs before and I have been very happy (and he has better woodworking tools now).

I'll get ahold of Jim and see if he has some photos kicking around. I'd love to not have to build anything, but we'll see. And I really love how sturdy this particular box looks.

Kathryn Day
09-12-2005, 07:58 PM
Cori, my brother in law made me this box, it has a seperate lid and 6 closers around it, with a handle and foam inside the bottom and foam that extends in the lid to sit on the pastels when closed. It is great, but if you have one made use a less heavy wood, he used oak. :D If I remember right it is 17inches by 30 inches. In the photo it is sitting on top of the lid.


09-12-2005, 08:11 PM

I remember seing a site about handmade pastel boxes. A woman shows up on that site, just can't remember which one....
I know that I see this site once in a while.



09-12-2005, 08:50 PM
Cori, there is a pic or two of the Jim Lynch box on the page you go to if you click the little camera thingy....has the back packs AND the boxes....

09-12-2005, 09:26 PM
I KNOW I responded to this...where it went I'll never know.

anyway - I basically called myself a blind little monkey for not seeing that. All I can recall is thinking I wasn't looking ofr an easel so why would I look at a pic of one! Duh.

Thanks. Sooz.

I do like your pastel box alot Kathy. Everytime I see it, though, i think "Man - that must weigh a ton!" It's beautiful though.

09-12-2005, 09:47 PM
Looks like those briefcase ones would be the ticket as far as light weight goes, but if your Dad could make you one, so much the better! In fact....if he enjoys that sort of thing, he could probably build 'em to sell like hotcakes! I don't know anybody with any woodworking tools or I'd try my hand at designing one myself...

09-13-2005, 12:36 AM
I thnk you may be right. I'm waiting to hear back from the lady who makes them about which size and then i will talk to dad about making one for me. Plus I could them break out the acrylics and paint the edges really funky colours!!!!

ohhh - and i could have dad build in a second storage compartment in the bottom to store paper in. That would be really handy....

okay - the ideas are flowing now!!! I'd better start talking to dad...

09-13-2005, 04:19 AM
Have you checked out the Heilman box? I have one and I absolutely love it. They come in three sizes, and they are wonderful.


09-13-2005, 12:32 PM
I actually built a box that was a similar style to the heilman...but I am now looking to get something that just needs to have the lid removed and then I can start painting. The box I built works great, but I would like something that will hold more pastels so I can have more of those pretty colours out! :D

The more I think about it, the more I like the idea for the pastel briefcase. I asked my dad how he would like to spend an afternoon woodworking with me and helping me customize the idea.

09-14-2005, 11:54 AM
Hi all,

What is the difference between the Heilman and a Cassatt? The divided spaces? I am sure the Heilman is nicer quality.

I think that this company would make the box just the way you want, custom order.


If you find one with a removable lid I would be very interested too.

What lady? I know that Wendy (WJ Artbox) has ceased production.

What did you find out about the Lynch box?


09-14-2005, 01:07 PM
On Jim Lynch's website, he does have some photos www.jimlynch.org

The lady I was talking about is the lady at www.pastelbriefcase.com (still no response btw...not very up on the customer service side) But I talked to my dad and we are going to build me one like it. He's now looking forward to a dad and daughter woodworking day!!! I will probably go visit him either this weekend or next to build it.

The Heilman and Cassatt look like the same idea, but the Heilman looks like a higher quality box. Of course, then you can add in the dakota boxes to that group too. It seems everyone makes a box of that style these days. Even Jim Lynch has one on his site.

09-16-2005, 09:57 PM
The one in the Cheap Joe's ad is the French Companion, designed to sit on the drawer of a French easel. They also have the French Mistress, which is bigger. I've got a piece of plywood sitting on my pullout drawer now, but an actual box would be much nicer!

I found them on sale for a decent price here: http://www.madisonartshop.com/acfrmifrco.html

These are almost perfect....although I really like the look of the pastel briefcase products too. Right now I'm using a big fishing tackle box, but I can see that I'm going to run out of space quickly!

09-23-2005, 01:37 AM
Voila - my new home made pastel box :D Everytime I look at it, I keep thinking I need to go shopping...


09-23-2005, 03:10 AM
What a great box, looks perfect! What size is it? You need more pastels for sure. Is there such a thing as too many?

I ordered one from the "no service" lady since I can't make one right now. I hope I get it. :rolleyes:

Hubby is too busy and have him geared up to make a special top for a flat file. Yes, for pastels. I am getting the biggest unfinished from Blick with wheels for giant pastel/paper drawers and giant taboret/workspace. I am sure it will blow away my craftswoman cart (which he gets for making the top).


I want to have a box just for portrait colors with eight sections and a removable lid. I ordered the Cassatt a couple of weeks ago but it is on backorder at Blick's. It does not have any dividers I believe, maybe I should cancel.

I hope it comes. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/23-Sep-2005/7846-fingerscrossed.gif

I want the Heilman too and don't even need it.


09-23-2005, 08:23 AM
Wow, Cori, nice box! But you do have more pastels than that don't you? I've heard you mention more anyhow...or maybe it's a really big box!

Yes, please post dimensions. I know some craftsmen who might be persuaded to make one for me. And I WANT one!

09-23-2005, 11:13 AM
It's a smidge bigger than 18 X 24. My old pastel box was filled to the gills with what you see in this picture...I also have a fishing tackle box with quite a few more...but this represents one piece of each colour. Oh well - I'd rather have room to grow anyway..and those great american hard pastels should be out any day now (I hope)

09-27-2005, 12:20 PM

The lady at www.pastelbriefcase.com (http://www.pastelbriefcase.com) has been diagnosed with lung cancer this summer. She is still making the boxes, bless her heart. Mine will be here next week.


09-27-2005, 12:41 PM
Oh my - I wasn't serious last night on yahoo..that is terrible! :eek: I hope her treatment is going well and I now forgive her for not returning my email....

09-27-2005, 01:05 PM
Yup, at least you didn't call her and joke around that we all thought she was deceased. http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/27-Sep-2005/7846-jawdrop.gif

09-27-2005, 01:26 PM
lol..no doubt..yikes. (open mouth. insert foot.)