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Emmett, our laser engraving machine and in-house scribe, allows you to add your own story to many of our objects.

Choose one of our customization options – either a name or a quote (though you may add whatever text you desire to these areas as long as it within our character limits). The diagrams below show the placement and size of the text depending on your customization selection. Please include your text to be engraved in the cart notes. Be sure to double-check your wording, spelling and punctuation for errors before submitting your order. Customized objects are not returnable.

The Scout Plein Air Box

$500.00 - $561.00

PLEASE NOTE: New orders of the Scout Plein Air Box may take 3–4 weeks to ship.

The Scout Plein Air Box was inspired by our endeavor to make art every day.

This pochade box compactly secures all of your essential art supplies for painting outdoors. Fill your box with your favorite colors, paintbrushes, and sketchbook. Find your spot and quickly transform the box into a mini studio. Set it on a flat surface or mount it on a tripod, snap the liquid jars, brush holder, and easel in place, clip on your canvas and you are ready to paint!

When stepping outside, perspective changes and we discover unknown parts of ourselves. By making plein air painting a ritual, we are able to better consider our world and our relationship with it. We begin to observe more closely, to better see color, and to hone memory whilst striving to capture fleeting moments.

Sling your Scout Plein Air Box over your shoulder and set out on a painting adventure—you might just find something!

“There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something… You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.”

–from The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Watch Walter’s video walkthrough of the features of the Scout.

Read our blog post about developing the Scout.

- FSC-Certified Walnut or Maple from south-eastern USA
- Vegetable-tanned leather
- Brass rivets and button studs
- Steel snaps and buckle
- 1 exterior pocket and 1 interior pocket
- 4 slots for drying canvases (4″ × 6″)
- Threaded tripod mount


- 1 adjustable and removable shoulder strap
- 1 laminated glass palette with white bottom
- 2 magnetic drawers
- 1 wooden easel
- 2 snap-on jars (1 oz. / 30 ml)
- 1 snap-on brush holder (holds 8 brushes)
- 8 empty paint tubes (22 ml)
- 4 Ampersand Gessobord canvas boards (4″ × 6″)
- 2 binder clips for holding the canvas


About the Gessobord Canvases – Ampersand’s Description

Museum Series Gessobord is the most trusted pre-gessoed wood panel by artists for their work. The superior quality acrylic gesso ground does not dull colors and the lightly sanded surface provides exceptional brush control. This makes Gessobord the perfect art panel for all painting styles with oil paints, acrylics and mixed media.

Only Ampersand uses true high-density hardboard made from US grown and renewable Aspen wood fibers. Made with Ampersand’s 1/8" True Artist Hardbord, the surface is acid-free and non-yellowing. Read more about the hardboard we use and why we’ve found it to be a better substrate.

Read more about Gessobord on the Ampersand website.

Purchase more Gessobord canvases (as well as watercolor-ready Aquabords) here.




Approximately 5 lbs. 8 oz.



Box Only
Inches: 8.5″ tall by 6.625″ wide by 4.75″ deep
Metric: 21.6 cm tall by 16.8 cm wide by 12.1 cm deep


Box with Leather Cover
Inches: 8.75″ tall by 6.625″ wide by 5.25″ deep
Metric: 22.2 cm tall by 16.8 cm wide by 13.3 cm deep


Drawer Inside
Inches: 4.875″ long by 3.5″ wide by 1.625″ deep; 0.25″ rounded corners
Metric: 12.4 cm long by 8.9 cm by 4.1 cm deep; 0.6 cm rounded corners


Outside Pouch
Inches: 6.5″ tall by 5.5″ wide
Metric: 16.5 cm tall by 14 cm wide


Inside Pouch
Inches: 7.5″ tall by 5″ wide
Metric: 19.1 cm tall by 12.7 cm wide


Shoulder Strap
Inches: Adjustable from 34.5″ to 46.5″ long; approximately 16″ to 22″ shoulder drop
Metric: Adjustable from 87.6 cm to 118.1 cm long; approximately 40.6 cm to 55.9 cm shoulder drop

Ampersand Gessobord (Canvases)
Inches: 6″ wide by 4″ tall by 0.25″ thick
Metric: 15.2 cm wide by 10.2 cm by 0.6 cm thick

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