Stretcher Bars

We offer custom stretcher bars and braces in two kiln dried wood species: Tulip-poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera L.) and American Basswood (Tilia Americana).

Poplar and Basswood stretcher bars by DoubWorks

Properties of Poplar and Basswood

Structure 

Poplar and Basswood have similar structural stability, strength, fine grain, and warp resistance. Basswood is softer than Poplar, more akin to Pine in hardness. 

 

Weight 

On average, Basswood is 8% - 10% lighter in weight than Poplar.

 

Cost

Poplar is the most economical of the two species, as the cost of rough lumber is lower than the cost of Basswood lumber.

 

Color

Poplar is cooler overall, with a green-ish tone. Basswood has a warm, more reddish tone. 

All of our Poplar and Basswood bars and braces are fully keyable with wooden wedges. Bar and brace joints are mortised and tenoned to allow proper tensioning of the canvas while maintaining strong connections. 

 

We offer standard sized bars and braces in two-inch increments up to 120 inches through our online shop. 

To place an order for customized stretchers - including large folding canvases, stretchers in fractions, metric sizes, non-rectangular shapes, or any other custom specifications -  please submit a Request a Quote form to have your custom order created.

 

*Please note that bars longer than 104" cannot be shipped via UPS Ground. Please contact us to arrange other delivery options.