The Retz Easel


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I built this easel for the adventurous painter. I have struggled to find an easel that isn’t bulky with unnecessary moving parts, while at the same time being a reasonable price. This easel folds up small to fit in a typical backpack, but you’re not limited to painting small! It is lightweight but rigid. It is perfect for throwing in your suitcase or backpack before going on a hike or trip. I wanted it to stand on its own as a piece of art, but also be highly functional and simple. This is the easel and palette I’ve dreamed about; lots of mixing space, lightweight and small, capable of supporting larger canvases.


Made from hardwood cherry except for the brackets on the canvas holders which are made of oak for added strength.

Outside dimensions of box (excluding tripod leg mounts): 10 x 12 x 2.25 in.

Length of mast when folded and extended: 14.75 and 26.5 in.

Depth of mast when folded: 1 in.

Depth of mast when extended: .5 in.

Plexiglass palette dimensions: each one is about 9 x 11 in. totaling 9 x 22 in. of mixing space!

Both palettes are easily removable to clean or replace.

Mast weight: 1 lb. 4 oz.

Box weight: 3 lbs. 4 oz.

Combined weight: 4 lbs. 8 oz.

Mast attaches to any tripod with universal mount (1/4-20)

Palette box attaches to most tripods with medium diameter legs (.88-1.13in. diameter legs)

Holds a board or canvas up to 22in. tall

Thick leather strap

Finger joint corners (very strong)

Tripod not included. I recommend the Manfrotto Element MII or Manfrotto Befree Advanced.