Owners Statement, Plus Build and Finish

Easels Galore Index.

Owners Statement

My Name is Jeff Lacey. I Trade as Easels Galore and I make nothing but easels. In 1996 when I was making a living from carpentry and joinery, I also painted at the local Art Society where I was asked to make some easels. I researched easels and found out that designs had not changed much in 100 years and that commercially available easels seemed to be designed to suit the manufacturer rather than the artist. I was also unimpressed with the quality of most easels I saw. I commenced designing and building an easel range part time. As an artist (click here to view my art)I felt I was in tune with easel user requirements, which was reflected in my designs and growing easel sales. In 1999 I registered the name Easels Galore and moved into full time easel manufacture. All my designs are original and nothing whatsoever is copied. My easels are hand crafted and are now all over Australia, plus many other countries. I only sell direct, this way I can offer top quality at great prices. I believe I have just about the biggest range in the world and certainly no one else makes easels in the different woods I use. I have no employees so every easel you buy off me is 100% made by me. I sign them all as I am proud of and passionate about my Easels. Not long after I started making easels full time I stopped painting. Easels are now my art and passion.

2018 - I turn 69 and have decided to make easels as long as I can, there will be no retirement for me. In the near future I will be moving the business to Yackandandah where we are building a new house, having watched too much Grand Designs. The house is due to be finished in spring 2018. It will be a major interruption to Easels Galore and I plan to scale the business down, so that when I make an easel it will be without production pressure and for enjoyment.

In the 20 years of making easel I have made close to $2,000,000 worth of easels at sales value, it may be more as in the best year I turned over nearly $200,000. That is a lot of easels. In that time I have had a huge number of repeat orders and referrals. When I make a new easel I still often look at it and think how good it looks and it continues to gives me a sense of pride and enjoyment.

Build and Finish
All easels are handcrafted. Every major joint has screws or is glued using Cross Linking PVA. This type of glue does not go brittle and lose strength with age, it also retains a degree of flexibility to accommodate wood movement. I use screws, as screws are the best fasteners to use for long term integrity. When there is an adjusting knob on a coach bolt (carriage bolt) the head of the bolt has a plate fitted then is screwed to the wood so it will never turn during the life of the easel. Coach bolts have a square section under the head that secures the bolt when the nut is tightened. They were not designed originally to be tightened and loosened on a regular basis as the head will work loose. By screwing the coach bolt heads I ensure that adjusting knobs will always adjust. When I want maximum tension on coach bolts I also press a washer onto the head , this stops the head from pulling into the wood. This is important for moving parts, so they cannot get too loose. All bolts, washers and screws are zinc plated for long life. All bolts are fitted with Nyloc nuts. Where there is pivoting, bolted wood to wood contact, I insert multiple washers to act as bushes and minimize wear. I make my own hinges for single sided A frames, they have no free play and are high friction to provide a solid movement free easel. I only use door hinges on double sided easels. All mounts or clamps have 2 locking knobs. Two knobs provide better locking as they spread the load and require less effort to lock. For all knobs I use recycled River Red Gum. This is a curly grained wood that does not split, it is also very strong. Using this wood ensures the knobs will take a bit of punishment without giving trouble. The knobs have a cube design so they are easy to grip and turn. Most easels are oiled, they go through several sanding stages to produce a smooth finish without sharp edges, then I oil with 100% natural Olive Oil. Paint does not easily stick to Olive Oil. This produces a quality finish that does not scratch and can always be easily repaired. Olive oil does not clog up moving parts and is absorbed into the wood surface to provide good protection. Unfinished easels (U in Model Number)are planed, then the sharp edges lightly sanded. Raw easels (R in model Number) are sanded but not oiled. They must be oiled for longevity, instructions are provided. I pay a lot of attention to detail to ensure that even my cheapest easels will last indefinitely, This way I can guarantee my easels, unconditionally.óJeff Lacey
Easels Galore Index


Unique Easels and a Big Choice of Woods
All easels are available in a choice of hardwoods. The basic wood is Victorian Mountain Ash. Other woods are Tasmanian Oak, Victorian River Red Gum knobs (generally recycled), Jarrah and Merbau which is imported and caters for those who want a dark brown colour.
If good recycled wood is available I will use it.
.For more information on woods go to Victorian Woodworkers Association

The Key To Model Numbers

A - A Frame, B -Type of A Frame, BB - Black Butt - premium hardwood from NSw and Qld. C- Counterweighted H frame, FF - Fully Folding, H - at start is H frame, H in the middle is Victorian Mountain Ash Hardwood, K - red wood, usually Jarrah, MP - Multipurpose, , R - Raw wood which is sanded but not oiled, SF - Semi Folding, S - Centre Slide H frame,T - is a style of A frame I rarely make, U - unfinished where the wood has been dressed and the sharp edges sanded. The number on all easels except Semi Folding, Fully Folding is the height of the canvas the easel will hold, in Semi Folding and Fully Folding it is the width of the bottom mount. On A Frames the number is the length of the sides.


 

Phone Jeff Lacey at Easels Galore: 0425734215 email:jeff@easelsgalore.com.au
To place an order:

You can pay by credit card, which is best done over the phone for security reasons. If you nominate a time and tell me your phone number I will ring you for the details. Or you can ring me on (03) 97879465 There is a 1% charge for credit card payment.

You can send a cheque or money order payable to Easels Galore - 42 Mather Rd Mt Eliza Vic. 3930

You can also pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT),
Commonwealth Bank
Account name: Easels Galore
BSB Number: 063145
Account number: 10146925

If you prefer I can send a PDF invoice prior to payment. Tax invoices are always supplied with the shipment.

All Prices include GST. Easels Galore: 42 Mather Rd Mount Eliza, Victoria 3930 Australia.

(This is a house, I do not have an easel showroom.)
ABN 88 108 289 212

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H Frame Easel with Centre Slide

H Frame Easel Counterweighted

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