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 Frequently Asked Questions

Check out our help page with FAQ here: 

Where is the Strada Easel made?
The Strada Easel is manufactured and assembled in the USA.

 Why should I choose the Strada Easel over other pochade boxes?
The Strada Easel is a simpler, stronger, thinner portable box easel with a patented self-locking component. The Strada Easel offers significant improvements on the more conventional wood box easels on the market today. Made from high quality aluminum and with fewer than half the parts of other easels and pochades, there is less to break down and wear out.  It uses only one adjustable hand screw, two position control hinges to hold the box open at any angle up to 180 degrees, and a durable tripod attachment. These features reduce weight and setup time. Furthermore, there are no parts that protrude from the sides, top or bottom surfaces making it easier to slip in and out of a backpack or carrying case. The STRADA is the only pochade on the market that can nest two side trays inside the box. 

Can the angle of the Strada Easel palette be tilted and adjusted? Can the angle of the canvas holder be adjusted too?
In case of glare from the sun on the palette and canvas holder, the Strada Easel can be easily adjusted by moving the lid back and forth (just like you would a laptop...without having to unscrew any hinges or bolts).   

Do I need a palette to use with the Strada Easel?
Although the bottom of the easel can serve as the palette, we recommend a wood, glass or plexiglass (included) palette. If you prefer to not use a palette you can paint directly on the box bottom.  

How much does it weigh?  

Here is a list of weights of the STRADA equipment: 

STRADA Easel                     5 lbs 10oz -including plexi palette

STRADA MID                       3 lbs 4oz -including plexi palette

STRADA MINI                      2 lbs 14oz -including plexi palette

STRADA MICRO PLUS        2 lbs 8oz (1.6kg)-including plexi palette

Side Tray                              10oz

MINI Palette                          5oz

STRADA Palette                   11oz

Expandable Palette               5oz

What size panel/canvas can I paint on using the Strada Easel?

The Strada Easel can accommodate a panels with a vertical dimension between 1” to 16". There is no restriction on the canvas width. The Strada Easel can accommodate a 1/16", 1/8" panel thickness. 

Can the Strada Easel be placed on a tabletop and worked as a table easel?
Yes. The bottom of the easel is perfectly flat so the artist will be able to sit and paint from the Strada Easel on any flat surface.   

Where do I hold the paper towels?
Many professional artists keep the paper towel roll under an arm. However, if you prefer you can hook a bungee cord on either side of the palette or on the legs of the tripod to serve as your paper towel holder.   

How do I carry the Strada Easel?
The Strada Easel can be carried, along with other supplies, in a backpack or rolling carry bag.   

Can you reuse the paint left in the palette for other painting location or other time?
Yes! The Strada Easel is designed so the paint can be left inside the box and kept moist for several days. Heat speeds up an oil paint’s dry time so keeping the paint box cool will allow it to stay wet longer. It can go in the refrigerator if you want to preserve paint longer. Do NOT use clove oil on or around the easel as it will damage the finish.     

Can I buy the Strada Easel without a tripod?
Yes. We recommend using any sturdy tripod with a ball head attachment and quick release plate. The Strada Easel has a ¼” thread that accepts most tripods on the market today.   

How and where do you ship ?
Depending on your location, we ship UPS, Fedex Ground, USPS or DHL. We ship worldwide.  Unfortunately, international shipping costs can be quite high.  Additionally, many countries have an additional customs charge that must be paid before the package can be delivered.  In some places, this charge is as high as 35% of the total cost of goods.  Please research the import charges for your country so there isn't an unexpected cost. 

You can get an idea of standard shipping costs by placing the items in your shopping cart, scrolling to the bottom of the page, and entering your postal code in the Estimated Shipping Calculator.  This allows you to see potential shipping costs before you decide to buy. 

The international shipping charges on our site do not include any customs charges or import duties.  

Can paint, brushes or canvas fit in my box?
Strada believes that ‘the lighter the pack, the better’. Some easels and boxes on the market today include room for materials and supplies.  This makes the easel/box a much heavier and bulkier product. Strada recommends using the pockets in your backpack or a light weight brush holder, paint holder and wet panel holder instead of adding extra weight and size to the box.     

Can I use discount codes when purchasing?

STRADA Easels are manufactured and assembled in the USA out of the highest quality materials.  We keep our prices as low as possible and try to absorb material cost increases as much as we can.  As a result, we do not put our STRADA Easels on sale.  We do periodically offer seconds or imperfect easels in our Clearance section and those reduced price items may be placed on sale for additional discounts or Final Sale prices.  Several times a year we also send out discount/coupon codes for free shipping to STRADA newsletter subscribers.  This is rare but is the best place to find up-to-date codes.  We CANNOT honor codes found on third-party sites or codes that have passed their expiration date.  Many coupon sites list a current STRADA code for $50 off using MLK50.  This code was from Martin Luther King Jr. Day seven years ago.  Unfortunately, this code is not valid.