Precision Made

In The U.S.A.

Since 1996, artists from all over North America have been using Dead Straight stretcher/strainers. We manufacture every scale and shape. Our innovative system assures fast assembly and strong, square stretcher/strainers: unique dovetail keys are used to quickly join precision manufactured components. Our stretcher/strainers are designed to save you time and frustration.

Why Dead Straight Stretchers?

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We subscribe to the notion that supports and surfaces, while integral to the work of art, better serve the work by preserving its original stative existence through a passive relationship. In this way the construction, design, joinery, and wood of our stretcher/strainers are all important elements of the painting as a whole, and are meant to coexist as dependent original elements.


Conservation experts agree the original support is a unique part of a painting's provenance that should be preserved. Dead Straight stretcher/strainers provide the least invasive way to maintain a desired level of tension across a painting surface. All dynamic interactions occur prior to the execution of the work of art. Stress is minimized, protecting a painting from being stretched (through repeated mechanical keying) to a tension beyond its sustainable yield point. The integrity of the painting is preserved. As Newton pointed out, an object that is at rest will stay at rest unless an unbalanced force acts upon it.

May no unbalanced force act on your art!

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Some of Our
Satisfied Customers

Selected public and private collections - these are some of the places where you can find our work supporting your art.

Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art - Roswell, NM
Art Institute of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Art Museum of Eastern Idaho - Idaho Falls, ID
Autry Museum of Western Heritage - Los Angeles, CA
Blanton Museum of Art : James Michener Collection - Austin, TX
Buffalo Bill Museum - Cody, WY
Cape Cod Museum of Art - Dennis, MA
Cathedral of St. Patricks Parish House - New York, NY
Centre Pompidou - Paris, France
Chazen Museum of Art - Madison, WI
Cincinnati Children's Hospital - Cincinnati, OH
Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center - Colorado Springs, CO
Cornell Museum of Art - Delray Beach, FL
Custer County Art and Heritage Center - Miles City, MT
Denver Art Museum - Denver, CO
Duer Wagner and Co. - Fort Worth, TX
Erie Art Museum - Erie, PA
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden - Washington DC
Hockaday Museum of Art - Kalispell, MT
Hyannis Yacht Club - Hyannis Port, MA
Inn and Spa at Loretto - Sante Fe, NM
John A. Moran Eye Institute - Salt Lake City, UT
Madison Museum of Contemporary Art - Madison, WI
Maple Street Clinic - Santa Cruz, CA
Maryland State House - Annapolis, MD
Mathewson IGT Knowledge Center - Reno, NV
Metropolitan Museum of Art - New York, NY
Montanna Museum of Art & Culture - Missoula, MT
Museum of Arts and Crafts - Hamburg, Germany
Museum of Modern Art - New York, NY
Museum of Northwest Art - La Conner,, WA
New Orleans Museum of Art - New Orleans, LA
Palmer Museum of Art - University Station, PA
Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art - Great Falls, MT
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts - Philadelphia, PA
Philbrook Museum of Art - Tulsa, OK
Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art - Collegeville, PA
Polk Museum of Art - Lakeland, FL
Pope John Paul II Cultural Center - Washington DC
Portland Art Museum - Portland, OR
Primavera Foundation - Tucson, AZ
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University - Waltham, MA
Saint Louis Art Museum - St. Louis, MO
Santa Barbara Museum of Art - Santa Barbara, CA
Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery : University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
Smart Gallery of Art : University of Chicago - Chicago, IL
Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art - Altoona, PA
Spencer Museum of Art : University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS
St. Mary's College of Maryland - Lexington Park, MD
State Museum of Pennsylvania - Harrisburg, PA
Stonewall Coalition - Las Cruces, NM
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation - Nashville, TN
Tuscon Museum of Art - Tuscon, AZ
University Art Galleries - Las Cruces, NM
University of Arizona Museum of Art - Tucson, AZ
Whitney Museum of American Art - New York, NY