Tuesday, June 21, 2016

I converted (my easel)

In 2013 Deb Claffey and I took a workshop at R&F from Alexandre Masino.  
It was a wonderful experience.  
One of the more basic take-homes was the idea that a completely vertical easel is an important part of a studio because it enables you to see your work as it will be seen when hung on a wall. 
When I got home I made a vertical easel…from 2x4’s and scrap wood I had in my shop. 

It may not be elegant, but it has served me well for many years.  
However, I recently started working on a 36” x 36” panel, and found that wrestling it on and off the easel in order to lay it flat for heavy painting, burnishing on collage material, or fusing was an awkward chore.  

I couldn’t reach the far edge very well, and the edges kept getting smashed.  There must be a solution.

I decided to try to make my easel convertible.  It took a lot of pondering – I needed something strong enough, yet easy to convert.  After a few near disasters I did it!  Here is my new easel.

From the back.

 Undoing the latches.

Letting it down.


 Now I can get around it to reach all sides too!

The latches that hold it up.

It still is not elegant, but then, neither am I…


  1. Excellent solution, and yes, elegant!

  2. Impressive! Artist AND Engineer. Hope to see your demo tomorrow.