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Easel price and dimensions?

What will the price be for the new easel? Also, what will the dimensions be? I want to be sure I have room for it in my small studio apartment.


  • Hi @painter8929

    Are you asking about the Mark Carder easel?
    If so you need to make contact with
  • Ive tried emailing them and no response
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 16
    @painter8929 ;  I may be entirely wrong here, but my guess is they read your post and decided that "small studio apartment" would make purchasing the easel not a good investment for you.  The easel is a monster and the largest easel I own.  I have a very high ceiling and it just clears it for my needs.  Also, once assembled, it would be major for me to disassemble it in the future should I have to move.  There are several members on here who recently purchased easels and it may be a good idea to read their posts before investing.  Try "easel" in the Search above.  I'd also advise consulting an engineer/friend before buying if possible.  I should and could say more here, but I think you get the idea.  I'm also sure there are several out there that would suit your needs exactly--just know what those needs are for now and in the near future.  It's like owning a pet once you have one--especially when they jump on you.  Summer
  • Just how large is it?
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 17
    @painter8929 ;  How large is it?  Well, we have 8 1/2 feet of ceiling height and the easel can go another eight inches beyond that to be fully extended.  The width is 32 inches and it is 28 inches deep.  Just a reminder that more studio equipment will be needed and I'll post a view of my studio as it looked at the very beginning so you can get an idea of what else may be needed as you add things to the proximity of the easel.  I'll also post a view of the other easel Mark had on his website at the time that we built.  The instructions may still be there available to you.  For my purposes, though we converted it to a photo stand as you can see.  But it would work well as an easel for an apartment or small space.  As to price, I don't recall.  Hope this helps.  Summer

  • Here are  over a hundred easels you can look at for ideas.
    Don't forget that a lot of members have built Mark's simple easel for less than $40 and love using it even though they have been using some of the best easels on the market.
  • How much does it weigh?
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 16
    @painter8929 ;  I would guess Mark's easel weighs about 100 pounds.  It took two of us to drag it in from the outdoors and put it together.  But one person could drag it in from the outdoors, and if mechanically inclined, assemble it alone.  The one I have is about 3 years old.  He is working on a newer model that will be available in the near future.  Summer 
  • @painter8929, Have a look at the Easel that Mark made a couple of years ago, the one that summer talks about. It looked easy enough to make. @Summer, just curious, why did you change easel ?
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 18
    @marieb ; Why did I change the black easel into a photo stand and not continue using it as an easel? 
    I needed an adjustable photo board which Mark's small easel adapted to nicely just by putting more holes in the center board.  Instead of building another one just like it for my main easel, I noticed Mark had one for sale that I was really curious about.  It was a good choice because of the large areas of real wood that I was able to add customized features to.  But mostly, the pulley system is a godsend for an old lady like me because I can adjust for different canvas sizes easily.   :)   Summer
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 18
    @painter8929 ; You have probably already seen this video of Mark demonstrating his original easel--the one I have.


  • That thing looks like it should stalk back to the War of the Worlds where it came from. The easel that is,  not Mark.

    It does look damn sturdy.
  • Sturdy and more, @Roxy.  What will the next one be like?  I can hardly wait!!!
  • PaulBPaulB mod
    @Summer, how well does it handle, for example, aluminum composite panels? If I recall, you had to modify it.
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 18
    @PaulB ; Mark's easel handles aluminum composite panels just fine.  No problem.  The holding pins, of which there are four, will obstruct the face of the aluminum panel a little more than 1/16th of an inch, each one.  That is why I built the adapter for holding aluminum panels, to have those pins out of the way.  If you don't mind touching up with paint those tiny pinned areas after removing your painting from the easel, it isn't a problem.  I just wanted unobstructed access to the whole surface.  If you just use the easel, as is, for your composite aluminum panels, there is also no worry about compressing the composite material that is inside the substrate, which my adapter required somewhat.  Hope this explains it.  Summer
  • I hope the new one is out soon! Any word from Mark on the ETA of it? Still no answer when I email them.
  • SummerSummer -
    edited April 20
    @painter8929 No word of when Mark's new easel will be available to us or its price.  Strange that no one is responding to you.  Very unlike them.  Summer
  • How much did the old one cost?
  • @painter8929. The last one I saw advertised was over $1,100. Shipping cost has to be added too. Personally, I don't think he can make a profit selling them that cheap. I'm assuming these are shipped unassembled and difficult for an untrained person to put together. He may be trying to refine the assembly process to ensure customer satisfaction and maintain quality. I expect when it is offered again the price will double but still perform better than easels that cost even more, $3K - $4K.
  • I hope it's not double. If so it would be too much for me. I would pay $1,000 for it though.
  • Seems that the page has been updated? A price of $1,800 for the painted version is showing. Did I miss it last time or is this the new price for the new easel?
  • That's a brand new update. It wasn't there Friday the last time I looked. I'm pretty sure he put that up early in response to this thread. $1,800 isn't a bad price for a very stable, counter-weighted easel with almost unlimited support capacity.
  • Yes I agree! $1,800 is good and I can't wait until we get a pic of the new easel! :)
  • I don't think you could tell the difference between the old and new unless they were side by side. they aren't just an easel, they are a sculptured piece of functional furniture. Quite a conversation piece.
  • So whats the difference between them? Whats been updated?
  • Hello, for when the price and dimensions?
  • I'm not sure what has been changed. I was speculating that he may have made changes to the way the easel is assembled by the purchaser to make it easier.
  • I was thinking the same thing, @BOB73.
  • We will have our answers soon--just a few more days until the official unveiling.  :)
  • All this speculation is only because the easel has not been available for a long time so we were wondering why. 
  • Still not released? Any word on an ETA?
  • Summer said But mostly, the pulley system is a godsend for an old lady like me because I can adjust for different canvas sizes easily.   :)   Summer        We are as old as we feel, earlier this week when I was cutting and removing shrubs, I couldn’t walk straight and felt 90 yo, this morning, not out of bed yet, I feel younger than my 31 yo daughter.... Ban all mirrors I say, every time I look in one I see some “ Auld one “ ( Irish expression) looking back at me. :#  :o  :scream:  =)
  • SummerSummer -
    edited May 8
    @marieb ; Seeing your mother looking back at you is bad enough but some day a grandmother might be as well.  With me, it was the grandmother I least expected!  I didn't get rid of the mirrors, but I began squinting a lot as I passed by them.  Summer   :)  

  • Need I say more?  :) 

    You've probably already seen it.


  • Just posted yesterday 1600. USD. looks like the original but now the hardware is all stainless steel and I think the pulleys are bigger. The mast goes all the way to the floor now and there is an extension to accommodate canvas up to 84" (7feet) tall. It's more stable than the original and has adjustable feet now. Will you be getting one @painter8929 ?
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