Weighing only 10lbs. the MABEF M-23 easel incorporates every accessory that a traveling painter could want, including a padded leather luggage handle and adjustable leather shoulder straps for backpacking. Also included are an 11-1/2in. x 16in. folding palette and a tin-lined drawer (6in.W x 16-1/2in.D x 1-3/4in.H) for storage.
Posted by Ansley on 25th Dec 2012
I haven't painted with the easel yet, but I love the look, the ease putting it together, and the way it packs up to travel. I will be studying in Italy this coming summer and I look forward to taking the backpack easel with me!
Posted by SK on 7th Sep 2012
This M/23 easel is my second MABEF purchase. Overall, the easel seems to be well-crafted. I like the attention to detail rendered and the quality hardware installed throughout. This easel should readily hold up to frequent travel and outdoor painting with various terrain and windy conditions.
I am not fond of the palette, specifically, its look and feel. The palette looks and feels as though it will not last as long as the easel. The folded palette arrived wood warped in the middle. It could use another raised metal contact point at the center edge. This addition should help minimize the palette's surface contact when folded, especially with wet paint on the palette. Also, this palette does not feel sturdy when supported on my arm and gripped in my hand. I will likely add some hardware support to the palette.
Again, overall, the M/23 is a great MABEF product. I use two other travel easels, the ProArt Bamboo French Box Easel and the EASyL-Versa. Each has its own maintenance concerns. I am agreeable to purchasing more MABEF products in the future.
Posted by Unknown on 14th Jul 2012
I did a lot of research on which landscaping easel to buy - I already own a Jullian half box, but have had to repair it several times. Now it's stuck in Europe I decided to get another and switch to Mabef based on the fabulous studio easels and sculpture trestle I already own.
This half box easel is almost as good as those products; one or two things I'd comment on though. The palette is of a lower quality than the Jullian, though I'm pleased it has not been stained. One half of it is slightly rougher wood, and the hinges seem more budget. Also the pins keeping the two sides of the palette from touching when it's folded are too small, so leftover paint on the palette will squish onto the other side. I am planning to adapt it by adding a couple of pieces of dowel to increase the gap.
A piece of the drawer was broken off on arrival - the lip that sticks up to prevent the drawer falling out of the bottom of the folded easel. I have glued it back on and will reinforce it with brackets on the inside. I'm sure this was the fault of the mailmen throwing it around, but extra packaging to cushion it might help prevent that.
I wish the Mabef had those L-shaped parts on the front of the Jullian that can hold a board or canvas in front of the brackets, so that you can paint right up to the top and bottom edges. I will probably put some screws in to do the same job (have done this for studio easels too).
Last of all, I have had to sand a few parts which were left quite rough and splintery. No big deal.
I hope this will last longer than my Jullian! The lifetime warranty swung it for me as well as the quality of my other Mabef products. If it lasts for years then it will be worth the price hike.