Our custom and stock artist stretchers use the traditional mitre joint.

USING THIS JOINT IN COMBINATION WITH WEDGES ALLOWS THE STRETCHER TO EXPAND AND MAINTAIN STRENGTH AND STABILITY.

Artist stretcher solutions to suit all your needs

Our craftsmen build our artist stretchers to the millimeter in all shapes and sizes including circles, ovals, arches, tondos, diamonds, triangles, plus the more regular squares and rectangles. Our artist stretchers are available through leading retail art suppliers and wholesale through Art Spectrum. Artists can select custom made or stock sized artist stretchers profiles. Our artist stretchers use two types of timber.

For artists on a budget, Arakaria, or Hoop Pine is a plantation-grown native Australian timber grown in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Its qualities include stability, strength and affordability. Not hard, not heavy, and not old growth. Available in our Bumpa, Professional Quality and Medium profiles. We have it laminated lengthwise to give a straight stable artist stretcher.

Our premium timber is Canadian Western Red Cedar (sourced from forestry managed felling from Canada). This is a sustainably-harvested timber that is highly respected for its archival qualities. Stable, light and resistant to moisture and insect damage, Canadian Western Red Cedar remains the museum-grade artist stretcher of choice.

Our artist stretchers use the traditional mitre joint. Using this joint in combination with wedges allows the stretcher to expand and maintain strength and stability throughout. In fact, the wedges themselves are made from the timber off-cuts, thus eliminating waste wherever possible.

An alternative to the mortice and tenoned mitre joint is the new Belle Arti heart and oval connectors. These are fabricated from a strong plastic polymer resin and enable stretcher expansion and stability also. The other great advantage to them is they automatically square the stretchers.

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Don’t forget our expert artist stretching service.

CUSTOM STRETCHING BY ARTISTS WHO KNOW THE SUBTLE NEEDS OF OTHER ARTISTS.

Artist Stretcher Profiles

Pine (Arakaria)

Medium: 78mm x 32mm, laminated x 3
Professional quality (PQ): 67mm x 22mm
Bumpa: 45mm x 32mm

HOW Hoop Pine

43mm x 32mm (only available in packs of 10)
Bevel angle 14 degrees
Light weight: 45mm x 20mm

Western Red Cedar

Museum: 80mm x 40mm
Medium: 80mm x 32mm
Gallery: 67mm x 32mm
Professional quality (PQ): 67mm x 22mm
Light weight: 45mm x 20mm

Aluminium

Museum: 32mm x 80mm
Expandable in all corners, and all braces. Timber staple strips on sides and back. 100% straight. Made to order in Western Red Cedar or Pine (Akaria). 3mm solid aluminium.

Bracing Profiles

Light Weight Pine

18mm x 45mm

Pine (Arakaria)

Professional quality (PQ): 67mm x 19mm
Stock sizes 12″ (305mm) to 144″ (3658mm)

HOW Hoop Pine

67mm x 19mm
Medium: 67mm x 19mm
Stock sizes 12″ (305mm) to 108″ (2743mm)

Western Red Cedar

Museum: 78mm x 28mm
Stock sizes 12″ (305mm) to 108″ (2743mm)
Medium: 67mm x 19mm
Professional quality (PQ): 67mm x 19mm
Gallery: 26mm x 67mm

Aluminium

Museum: 29mm x 78mm, 19mm x 67mm, 26mm x 67mm
Stock sizes 42″ (1067mm) to 144″ (3658mm)

Belle Arti Stretcher Machine

NOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR OWN CUSTOM EXPANDABLE STRETCHERS WITH VERY INEXPENSIVE TOOLING UP. THE BELLE ARTI STRETCHER MACHINE ALLOWS ANYONE IT MAKE THEIR OWN CUSTOM MADE STRETCHERS IN A VARIETY OF PROFILES.

Belle Arti Stretcher Machine

  • Complete with milling cutter and four attachments.
  • Each step is quick to set up and execute.
  • Its flexibility allows you to make stretchers in a variety of thicknesses.
  • The machine is small, compact and easy to use. Within minutes you are able to make perfectly straight professional custom sized stretchers.
  • Quick and precise and clean, its considered design allows you to work in total safety.
  • The Electro Miller Machine is made by the famous Italian Belle Arti company, whose years of expertise in the artist linen industry know best the needs of artists.
  • Uses single phase 240v power.

Click here to download the Belle Arti Stretcher Machine brochure.

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC)

THE WORLD’S LARGEST FOREST CERTIFICATION SYSTEM.

PEFC Certification

The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is the world’s largest forest certification system, the certification system of choice for small, non-industrial private forests, with hundreds of thousands of family forest owners certified to comply with the internationally-recognized sustainability benchmark.

To date, more than 8000 companies have obtained PEFC Chain of Custody certification, offering tens of thousands of PEFC-certified products globally. With alternative forest certification systems available, there are good reasons why so many people are opting for PEFC, which remains the only entirely not-for-profit global certification system.

PEFC IS THE ONLY GLOBAL CERTIFICATION SYSTEM THAT:

HAS EQUALLY HIGH LEVEL OF STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT FOR ALL STANDARDS

  • Strictly separates standard-setting, certification and accreditation to ensure complete independence and impartiality
  • Requires all national standards to be independently developed with the open participation of all interested parties
  • Recognizes the importance of the nine major groups as defined by Agenda 21 (CSD Major Groups)
  • Requires that all standards undergo public consultation at national and international level and third-party assessment
  • Demands and implements regular revisions of national certification systems

BUILDS ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL AGREEMENTS & GLOBALLY RECOGNIZED PROCESSES

  • Builds its understanding of sustainable forest management on broad societal consensus expressed in international and intergovernmental processes
  • Supports the implementation of governmental agreements through a voluntary, market-based mechanism
  • Follows globally accepted ISO Guidelines for certification and accreditation.

UPHOLDS HIGHEST STANDARDS WITHOUT EXCEPTION

  • Requires compliance with all fundamental ILO Conventions in forest management since 2001, setting new benchmarks for social issues
  • Is tailored to the specific needs of family– and community-owned forests, with lasting contributions to livelihoods and rural development
  • Offers well-established processes for group certification, providing access to certification and the marketplace for certified products from locally controlled forestry
  • Sets the highest standards for forest certification aligned with the majority of the world’s governments, including
    • Maintaining or enhancing biodiversity
    • Protecting ecologically important forest area
    • Prohibition of forest conversions; exclusion of certification of plantations established by conversions
    • Prohibition of the most hazardous chemicals and GMOs
    • Protecting workers’ rights and welfare, and encouraging local employment
    • Recognizing the principle of free, prior and informed consent (FPIC), the UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights, and ILO Convention 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples
    • Respect for property and land tenure rights as well as customary and traditional rights
    • Provisions for consultation with local people and stakeholders
    • Abiding by applicable laws
    • Safeguarding the basic rights of workers
  • Requires companies to demonstrate compliance with social, health and safety requirements in Chain of Custody certification