I chose Mitchell’s webbing stretchers because they happened to be setting
on his workbench and the difference in the two hand tools which do the exact
same thing was notable. Webbing stretchers pull jute and hemp webbing taut to
support seats and backs and arms in upholstered objects.
The bottom one pulls the best, because the sharp teeth can lock and pull new webbing, below. When pulling on antique webbing during conservation treatment of museum pieces, you choose the top stretcher, which is gentler on old webbing and also, museum pieces usually don’t have to be pulled quite as taut because they are not sat upon.
Drawings and watercolors completed onsite in MPF Conservation’s studio.
Images in Stillman & Birn Delta journal with watercolor pencil, a Preppie pen with Lexington Grey Noodler’s ink, and Daniel Smith watercolor paints.
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