My name is Chuck Voelter, I'm a professional artist who has always made his own canvas stretchers, initially because I couldn't afford to purchase the really large ones I needed. Over the years my carpentry skills developed and I also got a BFA in painting. I never liked the idea of buying pre-sized stretcher bars - what if I needed a half-inch cut off? That ruins the corner joint on most bars- so the design and build of mine evolved over time, inspired by a variety of sources but always of a better quality than I thought I could afford. When I started selling a lot of paintings, I realized that I was starting to spend as much time making supports as making the image itself. I wondered if I could create a production line using my techniques and be my own best, first customer. I decided to offer my handmade frame design to artists all over the country and beyond, stretched with your choice of Earth-friendly Hemp Canvas (a special weave we developed with our importer), a great recycled hemp/cotton/poly blend and traditional cotton duck, all primed or unprimed. We look forward to providing you with museum-quality supports for the duration of your painting career.