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Old 02-08-2002, 12:03 PM
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Thumbs up Stanrite 500 Aluminum Easel

Has anyone used this easel? I am seriously considering buying one for outdoor painting- the season is near. The price at Pat Catan's is $59.97- a good price compared to some other retailers.
Feedback is really appreciated. Even if you don't have that model- any aluminum one- how is it holding up?
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Old 02-08-2002, 12:18 PM
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Hi Davena. I have an alumium easel. I like it a lot but there are some downsides. I bought it because it won't be bothered by termites. (More critters then folks where I live). One problem is that I live right by the ocean and it has pitted quite a lot in the past year from the salt air.

Another.. I tried to do a plein air and the wind blew the easel into me and almost sent me off a cliff. We do have high trade winds and they were blowing 15 knots that day. Maybe this won't be an issue for you.
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Old 02-10-2002, 01:42 AM
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Thanks for your reply. Since I live in Ohio salt air won't be a problem. Sounds like aluminum should last a good long time.
Thank you again.
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Hi!
If the easel is to light in the wind hang a large waterbottle or a stone or something else that is heavy enough under the easel.
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I have that same easel and it's wonderful for plein air! Very light and easy to carry. If there is wind it is a good idea to weigh it down as Rosemarie has suggested. If it's slightly breezy you can also dig small holes and bury a couple of inces if it into the ground. It's very easy to clean off later. I was going to give it away when i got my french easel but i'm glad that i didn't.
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Old 02-12-2002, 07:56 AM
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I bought one-thanks for all the info!

I really do like the easel- except for one thing- I sliced my thumb loosening the top thumb screw. OUCH!!! Guess I better drag out the sandpaper.
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