Why We Use Hardwood Bars

Our Reasons Why

Have you ever wondered why here at HM Canvases we use only Tulipwood for our stretchers and not Pine or other cheaper softwoods. The main reason is for the  quality of our bars. Other timbers may be cheaper, but when making a canvas that potentially will be used for a painting that may be hanging on a wall for a hundreds of years it is important to choose your materials wisely. I have compiled some reasons why Tulipwood is our timber of choice;

1. **Hardness and Density:**

   - Tulipwood tends to be harder and denser compared to many softwoods. This can make it more resistant to wear and denting, which is advantageous in applications where durability is important.

2. **Colour and Grain:**

   - Tulipwood often has a more attractive and consistent colour compared to many softwoods. It typically has a light, pale yellow to brownish colour with a straight, uniform grain pattern, adding aesthetic appeal to finished products.

3. **Stability:**

   - Tulipwood tends to be more stable than some softwoods, meaning it is less prone to warping, twisting, or shrinking with changes in humidity or temperature. This stability is crucial in applications where dimensional precision is important.

4. **Workability:**

   - Tulipwood is known for being easy to work with using both hand and machine tools. Its straight grain and fine texture contribute to its workability, allowing for precise cuts and shaping.

5. **Resistance to Decay and Insects:**

   - While not as naturally resistant as hardwoods, tulipwood generally has better resistance to decay and insects compared to many softwoods. This can make it a suitable choice for outdoor applications where exposure to the elements is a concern.

6. **Weight:**

   - Tulipwood is often lighter than many softwoods. This can be an advantage in applications where weight is a consideration, such as in furniture or construction projects.

7. **Versatility:**

   - Tulipwood is versatile and can be used for a variety of applications, including furniture, cabinetry, millwork, and more. Its favourable combination of properties makes it suitable for a range of projects.

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