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Gessoed Poplar Board (13 x 17 in.) (w/ Braces)

Item No: 925:PP1317
Category: 73

Price:  $110.00
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Overall Size: 13 x 17 x 1 in. (33 x 43 x 2.5 cm)
Material: Poplar (solid, single piece)
Finish: Gessoed
Recessed: Yes (kovcheg)
Braces (Keys): Yes, 2

These boards are expressly made for icon painting, which are usually painted on solid wood, such as poplar. Solid oak keys are inserted in grooves cut onto the back of each panel, across the wood grain, to minimize board deformation and warping. Most boards are constructed with a recessed area, called a kovcheg (Russian for ark), on the front surface of the icon. The kovcheg helps to reduce warping and spatially defines the icon's surface.

Rublev Poplar boards are made from hand-selected, clear, kiln-dried stock traditionally cut and relieved. This is the board for serious icon painters. These boards are made according to a process that guarantees the right form and traditional style of icon painting.

Finished Rublev Poplar boards are ready for painting. Each board is finished by hand according to traditional methods of preparing chalk grounds (called also gesso) for the permanent application of paint. The panel is saturated with two coats of hot rabbit skin glue, which penetrates into the fibers of the wood. A piece of linen cloth cut slightly larger than the panel itself is saturated with the hot glue, applied to the panel and allowed to dry. The dried, linen-covered panel is then sized with two more coats of the hot glue, to which has been added a small amount of powered chalk. After drying overnight, the panel is ready for applying with coats of gesso, a white, plaster-like preparation made of chalk, marble dust and rabbit skin glue. The gesso, when gently heated has the consistency of heavy cream, and when applied in thin layers, dries to a hard, permanent surface. The first few coats are applied and rubbed into the linen by hand. After each layer is applied it is scraped by hand and smoothed. More thin coats of gesso follow, one after another, until a total of 8 to 10 thin coats of gesso are applied, making an extremely durable and smooth surface.

If you need custom dimensions or shapes, we can provide you with quote simply by inquiring.

Board Dimensions

Note: Key slots pictured in the schematic above apply only to boards with braces. See the Features list above for details.

Board Dimensions
A Width 13 in. 33 cm
B Length 17 in. 43 cm
C Thickness 0.75-1.00 in. 2.0-2.5 cm
D Recess Length 14 in. 35 cm
E Recess Width 11 in. 27.5 cm
F Top Margin 1.5 in. 3.7 cm
G Side Margin 1 in. 2.5 cm

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