Materials and Manufacture
Working closely with locally based suppliers we have carefully chosen only the best quality timbers with which to work. Currently 90% of all our canvas stretchers are made with a hardwood: Tulipwood (American Yellow Poplar), known for its suitability for making canvases due to its resistance to warping, its inherent straightness and low emissions and its sustainable production.
Sustainable Hardwood Information
A longstanding tradition of sustainable forest management, bolstered by a strong legal framework for environmental conservation, has ensured that our forests continue to thrive and expand. Indeed, hardwood growth has consistently exceeded harvest for the last fifty years, during which time the inventory of hardwoods standing in U.S. forests has increased by over 90%.
The U.S. hardwood industry's superior environmental track record not only provides for the health and future of our forests, waterways, and wildlife, but also produces consistent grades and allows for constant and reliable shipments. For more information on the sustainability of the U.S. hardwood resource, from biodiversity to harvesting and regeneration to waste minimization, visit the "sustainability" section of AHEC Europe's website .�
Statement by the American Hardwood Export Council
Every canvas we produce is made to the highest standards. We make and assemble every element of your order in our Birmingham workshops.
We offer a wide variety of Canvases and Linens, giving you the widest choice to suit your painting style and budget.
Our Cotton Duck canvas is sourced from the UK and from India to guarantee the highest quality fabric. We highly recommend our 12oz cotton duck as the most popular choice for economy and quality, and this is available on both our Gallery and Professional Ranges. Weighted as 12oz before being double primed with universal primer, it has a close and consistent weave, a good tooth and semi absorbent gesso primed surface.
We also import highest quality fabrics from Italy. These range from 10oz polycottons used on our Gallery Lite canvases to Pure Superfine Cotton and beautiful Linens used on our Professional Range.
Every single canvas we make is stretched by hand to ensure the best finish and tension for each material. You will find our canvases are folded and stapled neatly on the reverse, giving each one the feel of a beautifully crafted piece of furniture and invariably adding value to your work.
We pride ourselves on being able to make any size canvas you require up to 2m x 3m. We can make them in Inches or in Centimetres in whole or part increments up to an accuracy of 4mm.