With dimensions 1-1/16″ x 2-3/8″, this highly demanded stretcher bar size can be found on the backside of our price list.
A recent visit to Aleksei Tivetsky’s Art Restoration and Conservation studio in Los Angeles, CA was very enlightening, as being a restorer & senior conservator for museums (amongst many other titles), Aleksei is accustomed to working with canvas and stretchers from various time periods (he has even worked with archeological pieces dating back to 4th Century BC). Aleksei explained that stretchers with keyed-out sides and corners are the only choice – this style has been used as a standard in Europe for centuries, up until present day. He offered the tip that when working with period stretchers, he stains the bar set with either an oil or water-based product (no specifics were recommended), as this makes the bar set look older, helping to match the period the artwork stemmed from. When working with modern pieces, he leaves the wood on the bar set plain (unstained).
Example of a 17th Century European keyed-out stretcher (crossbar side)