An kingdom for an easel

I hear the words in my head ... "Just go to the store and buy one! Hundreds to choose from." Well, it's not that easy. You see, I am not a "follow the crowd" kind of artist. I buck the trend, because the trend is not good enough. So, I read this blog (here) ... you can read it too ... and I say, "Easel ... easy enough ... I can make my own from recovered recycled materials. But the materials are not something I can go and get just any time ... patience. When needed, they will become available ... believe it ... everything comes when it is needed.

I am perusing Good Will's "last chance" store and what do I see? A tripod ... a telescope tripod ... made out of wood. Where is the telescope? Would love to find it but no luck. The tripod is, however, the beginning of my NEW easel. It sits there in the corner ... I see it ... my brain is churning ... it just sits there. On Friday, at Sam's club, I'm paying for my groceries and there, staring at me, is a big cardboard box. It's there for the taking ... free. I take it home. Today, it all came together ... the tripod, the card board box, the glue gun, the knife ... and ... I am happy! I HAVE AN EASEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

So ... I'm wondering ... did Rembrandt or da Vinci have an easel? Did they get it out of the Sears catalog?