As you might have read in an earlier post I have been on the hunt for a new easel for a long time. After much deliberation I finally decided to go for a Hughes Easel, handcrafted from solid American oak in sunny Florida by helpful chap Don Andrews.
Don patiently answered all my questions about measurements, wobble potential and ceiling heights and has been very helpful throughout the whole process. After a few months wait my easel finally arrived today. And it is superb. A counterweight pulley system makes it easy to move it up and down. It can take huge canvas as well as miniatures, I can sit and stand, I can even put two smaller works on it at the same time. Everything is rock solid and will not wobble or move a single millimetre. I can’t wait to use it. I am sure it will last a lifetime and more. Thank you Don.
PS: In choosing this easel I have been reliant on many artists’ experiences and I am very grateful for their help. If anyone has any questions or wants a review about the Hughes easel, do let me know and I hope I can help as much as others have helped me in deciding.
PPS: Update from 2022. As I am not painting as much as I used to, and because this easel is quite big, I have sold the easel to a fellow painter. I still believe Hughes easels are the best you can get but it deserves to be used much more than I was using it. Hope you’ll love it F!