A: Hello, Thank you for your question. This umbrella is a canvas material with coating to withstand the elements.
A: Hello, The crank handle is set 37" from the bottom of the umbrella pole. Thank you
A: 2 inches
A: Yes, the umbrella can stand alone in the base.
A: Yes but it would need to be taken down during a windy day or storm to prevent the umbrella from breaking since in the stand there is no support in the center of the umbrella.
A: Yes, I have a heavy ground stand and it stands fine with or without a table.
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