9 pcs, hinge and a few nuts & bolts , couple of screws. Can be taken apart and put together in 5 minutes. Haven't tried yet, but believe it will fit into a nice umbrella case or something similar for traveling. longest center piece 24" . probably wouldn't do anything taller based on the stability of the easel. 1/2 thick wood. Very light weight using Pine or Balsa. For one to last years, they have precut pieces of 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inch of Oak boards at home depot. I used Ebony stain. will probably seal with polyurethane then sand lightly. Back base can be moved, and if the frame is a small size, the cross braces can be removed and the holes in the upright can be be used to screw frame to.