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Begun March 10, 2004--Welcome fellow professional, hobbyist or beginning chair caner, seatweaver and/or wicker repair person! Glad you are joining our FREE chair caning discussion forum located here in the United States. All healthy discussions, comments, opinions and exchanges are welcome!

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Fiber rush weaving colotka, Fri May 18 4:00pm
Hello, I have been a Seatweavers for many years and have done many fiber rush seats, but I have a persistent problem that is making it very difficult. I am careful with my gussets and when I start my first full round, the back and front open spaces are equal. However, at the back right hand corner when I pull the rush ... more
  • Seagrass Weaving gm.hefley, Thu May 3 7:40am
    Starting to weave a seat with seagrass for a stool and am wondering the differences if any between weaving with fiber rush and seagrass? And since it’s recommended to weave seagrass dry, and the seagrass is not uniform diameter, it seems there will be gaps in the courses. Are there any techniques that can minimize the ... more
  • I need to put "radio weave" cane webbing in the frame of a cabinet door which encloses a stereo speaker. The person who did the work on my other doors is no longer in business. I'm handy but have never worked with cane before. What makes this more challenging is that it is (to me) a non-standard installation. Here is... more
  • Caning Tools Bonnie Rashleigh - Rick's Wood &, Tue Apr 24 6:43pm
    Who knows what the name of the cane squaring tool that is clear plastic and is somewhat prism shaped? Are those still available? I just saw the new adjustable caning comb, but I also remember from many years ago, sets of orange plastic caning combs that came in different spacings, (maybe from England). I love caning... more
  • Finishing Fiber Rush gm.hefley, Sat Apr 14 6:51am
    First off, thanks all for replies about seagrass seats and not applying any type of finish to it. My next question to the forum concerns finishing brown fiber rush. I have used clear shellac always, but it causes the fiber rush to fuzz on the first coat and then second coat leaves the surface very rough. I have seen... more
  • Caning first seat pkane267, Mon Apr 16 1:56pm
    This is my first caning project. I’m re-caning my grandparents dining room chair set, six chair seats. Anyway, I started the first chair last Saturday morning and by 11:00 pm had not finished but was too tired to continue working. I left the chair “as is”. I’m not sure how to continue weaving the seat (or if I should... more
  • Seagrass Seats gm.hefley, Tue Apr 10 4:12am
    After finishing a seagrass seat, does anyone apply oil, shellac or any type of finish coating?
  • Craiglist Advertising Robin Starr, Mon Apr 9 4:32pm
    Has anyone advertised their caning services on Craigslist? How did it work for you? Was there any downside to it?
  • Pressed Cane Spline Glue gm.hefley, Sat Mar 31 7:42am
    Hi there folks! I’ve always used white glue for spline. Contemplating changing to hide glue. Any comments on which is better, white glue or hide glue? I find that chairs that have had spline glued with hide glue are easier to remove the old spline than white glue.
    • glue JIm Widess, Tue Apr 3 2:37pm
    • Glue Back Porch Caning - Joyce Curtis, Mon Apr 2 9:50am
      • Glue Back Porch Caning - Joyce Curtis, Thu Apr 5 12:01pm
      • Re: Glue Robin Starr, Tue Apr 3 11:50am
        • Re Glue brigittegraham48, Wed Apr 4 4:07am
      • Glue gm.hefley, Tue Apr 3 5:12am
      • caners glue brigittegraham48, Tue Apr 3 3:31am
    • Pressed Cane Spline Glue brigittegraham48, Sun Apr 1 3:04am
  • Weaving only on top of Seat gmingram4, Mon Mar 26 2:41pm
    I have several seats to weave where the weave can only go across the top, not around the underneath of the seat. I cannot figure out how to weave across the top of the seat, around the rails, and then back across the top. Help would be appreciated. George
  • Cane in Damp Areas tag1023, Thu Mar 29 7:21pm
    I am to work on several large porch rockers. The original material in the seat and back is split white oak. I will be using either split rattan or binder cane. Which is best to use? The chairs are in a semi protected area under cover and are subject to occasional blowing rain. What if any waterproofing coating should... more
  • Coloring Cane gm.hefley, Tue Mar 20 12:21pm
    I keep getting requests to add color to new cane. No matter how much I try to talk folks out of staining the cane, they keep insisting. Are there any recommendation for best type of stain to use? I have tried MinWax oil based stains with little success. Help!
  • Finishing Fiber Rush Seat tag1023, Sun Mar 18 6:51pm
    I am working on several fiber rush seats. After completing the weaving, I applied a "sealer coat" of shellac and denatured alcohol ( 1 shellac to 3 denatured alcohol). The final coating was a coat of semi gloss polyurethane. "The nap on the completed seat is rough and scratchy" says my customer. How do I remove... more
  • 5 step Strand Caning gm.hefley, Mon Mar 19 4:44am
    Was wondering if anyone does the 5 step caning where there is only one horizontal strand for chair seats? If so, are there any tips out there. Such as minimum cane size, seat width and depth maximums, etc. Read about in Ricky Holdstock’s book, but there is not much more said about it than just to describe the pattern.
  • Blind caning instruction tag1023, Mon Nov 8, 2010 10:09am
    I am interested in detail instructions about blind caning. Help!
  • Blind caned seat David W. Dick, Tue Feb 26, 2008 6:32am
    Would someone please define and explain a blind caned seat? I've used a knot that I call a blind knot that joins strand cane ends together within the width of the seat frame. I'm unsure if the terminology is "blind caning". I've caned for 33 years and I just love this forum. You have all helped me immemsely. Reading... more
  • Great pegs for super fine cane Mindy King, Sun Jun 17, 2007 7:06pm
    I just found the perfect pegs for super fine and finer cane when weaving traditional 7 step: wooden Cribbage pegs! Looked all over the web and found the best in price and quality at: Cribagge pegs also come in plastic and I wonder {because I haven't yet had the pleasure} of doing... more
  • Blind Caning nantaylor56, Sat Mar 3 7:51am
    Hello to all! I'm new to the forum and would like to introduce myself. My name is Nan Taylor from the Kansas City, Mo area. I'm a retired Art Instructor and have been caning/weaving for several years. I just became aware of this forum and excited to join. There are always a few glitches that I run into that I could... more
    1.5, 1.6mm cane. russheb, Wed Feb 14 4:23am
    I'm in need of some very fine 1.5mm cane and am finding it impossible to find it over here (UK) apart from old stock which just snaps! Does anybody know of somewhere I could buy some good quality cane over there, that would ship over this side of the pond? Russell Cane & Rush Workshop.
  • Recaning back to Stendig Chair b_haro, Tue Feb 20 7:16pm
    I’ve seen tutorials on how to do the seat but none on how to do the back. Any ideas? There looks to be only holes for caning and no back on the round chair frame.


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