The Soltek Easel is an aluminium constructed and lighter update to the traditional french easel design.
Company name: Soltek Easel
Pochade box name: Soltek Easel
Type: Aluminum Box Easel
Price range: $450-$500
Weight: 9lb 4.08kg
Palette size: 12″ x 16″, 30 x 40cm
It is an aluminium version of the traditional french easel with many new design features. It has two built in side trays that fold out to reveal the palette. Your canvas is held by a telescoping aluminium rod and plastic side bars.
- Quick setup (about 20 seconds)
- Portable Built-in carrying strap
- No wing nuts are needed since the legs lock automatically
- More compact than a traditional french easel.
- Plenty of storage space for brushes and knives
- Holds up to a 30″ high canvas
- Comes with a wet panel carrier
- Wide leg stance
It is made of aluminium with various plastic parts added on.
How to set it up
See: Setup Instructions
To compare it with other pochade boxes, see my Guide to Pochade Boxes.
I actually have two of these, one in each studio. I used them for many years as my preferred easel, but after a lot of heavy use it started to have problems. The extension arm for holding the panel was not rigid and caused problems when the wind blew. Some of the plastic edging on… Read more “Better than a French easel”
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