Below is a video introducing the Perfect Paper Stretcher. Press the play button to begin. The video is about 8 minutes long.
"In 1940 I was serving in the Royal Corps of Signals and stationed in Stoney Stratford (Nr. Bletchley). "Stoney" had about 28 pubs and to supplement my meagre army pay, I persuaded the landlords to have a watercolour of their premises.... the going rate was 'one Guinea and one pint' (I do hear that one or two of the paintings are hanging to this day). However, paper stretching was nigh impossible because both drawing pins and sticky gummed tape had been requisitioned for the war effort. It was then that the idea was born. While the "Boffins" were busy cracking German codes, I was solving the problem of paper stretching!
A co-operative comrade in the workshops found time to make a board based on the basic principals and... EUREKA!- IT WORKED. Old fashioned brass stair rods gripped the paper and I used the board throughout the war including service in India. I still have the Mark 1 circa 1940 to this very day.
But it didn't occur to me to market the idea until about ten years ago.I produced an up-to-date model and it was tested and endorsed by well-known artists such as Ron Ranson, James Fletcher-Watson, Norman Battershill, Angus Rands and Philipp Berrill. I sold thousands and received many letters of appreciation from amateur painters. "
-"Brilliant! Why didn't anyone think of this before."
-"It's ended my paper stretching nightmare."
-"Watercolour boards and 300lb paper are a thing of the past."
-"Amazing, it's so simple, a child could use it."
-"Every watercolourist needs one."
-"My two boards have paid for themselves over and over again."
-"The watercolour painters best friend."
-"As an OAP I really appreciate the savings using your stretcher boards."