Made in America: Protecting Our Forests

A Journey Toward Sustainability, Part II

An artist can buy pre-stretched canvas or stretch their own. Either way, the wood typically used to make commercial stretcher bars is kiln-dried pine. 

Nowadays, it’s easy to find stretcher bars certified sustainable by the FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council), which is terrific. But in the end, pine is a slow-growth tree. And so it’s less sustainable than a rapid-growth wood like birch, basswood, or even bamboo. So far, I haven’t had any luck finding stretcher bars made out of any of those.  

And I’ve looked but have yet to find any companies making stretcher bars out of reclaimed wood. Hopefully, someday soon. 

As activism and awareness keeps growing around the value of protecting our forests and slow-growth trees, I have hope that more options will be available to artists looking for sustainable wood products.