The wood we use to make our artist canvas is either Douglas Fir or Radiata Pine.
The Douglas Fir is clear without knots or finger-joints and is used for a lighter weight frame.
The Radiata Pine is finger-jointed (however, the finger-joints are overlapped), without knots and is primed white for smooth appearance.
Each board is hand selected to make sure each piece lays straight and flat on an even surface. This will keep the frame from "torquing" (when a corner of the frame comes away from the wall).
HAND ASSEMBLED FRAMES
Each canvas is hand-made and assembled one piece at a time.
They are critically measured for squareness and accurate dimensions.
All canvases usually have at least 1/2" clearance between the canvas and the brace bars, so you can push hard on the canvas without touching the braces.
All have complete bracing, sometimes as many as 13 braces of various lengths are used. This helps to prevent bowing, warping or torquing.
We mitre, glue and staple the pieces together with an acrylic white glue that dries clear and is NOT brittle. Once assembled it can not be adjusted or taken apart.
All our stretcher bars are reusable.
We can install a wire hanger or D-rings (or both) for an additional charge (see price list).
HAND STRETCHED CANVAS
The fabric used is a medium weight cotton/nylon blend canvas which is primed with a universal Acrylic Titanium formula, suitable for oil and acrylic paint.
A buffered sizing of non-acidic PH protects the canvas fibers from direct contact with the final priming.
Having the nylon in the blend keeps the canvas tighter for longer. Should tightening be desired, lightly moisten (with TAP WATER) the back of the canvas with a sponge or fine mist bottle. DO NOT SOAK. Once dry, the canvas should tighten against the frame.
All canvases are Gallery Wrapped with staples on the back using galvanized staples (no rust).
Folds in the corners are tucked under and put on the top and bottom, leaving the sides smooth, so picture framing may not be necessary.
We custom-make them fresh, so you can receive the tightest stretch!