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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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pressed cane patches J2DOC1, Fri Jul 13 12:47pm
The owner of a curved back Chaise Lounge pressed cane chair does not want to spend the money to replace the entire cane back. Since there is only a small tear(from a table leg) measuring about 2" X 1", I was considering patching the tear. Has anyone had any luck patching small areas of pressed cane? Jay Hirsch
  • Curved back pressed cane chairs J2DOC1, Tue Jul 10 10:59am
    Anyone have any “tricks “ for repairing curved back chairs with pressed cane. How do you obtain the tightness that is “easy” with uncurved/flat surfaces.? I would appreciate any assistance.
  • Pre-woven star of david? russheb, Mon Jul 9 12:32pm
    Hi all, I'm looking for some pre-woven star of David, snowflake pattern panels. There's nobody over here in the UK that sells it, so just wondering if you guys know of anybody. Many thanks, Russell Theaker. thecaneandrushworkshop.com
  • Wegner chairs! Louise 989, Wed Jul 4 9:06am
    Agghhh I've got to reweave 4 Wegner style chair panels but I just can't get it right. The old cane was already removed or I would have been able to work it out! Its the wrapped method in thick 5 mm cane, a double warp and single weft. Any tips?
  • Half Medallion Caning gm.hefley, Sun Jun 24 12:52pm
    Hi y’all! I am in the process of caning two barrel chairs that have double caned arms, caned seat and half medallion backs. They are very ornate with hand painted artwork on them. As I am capable of eventually figuring out how to do the half medallions, it would probably still be very helpful if there were any written ... more
    Damage Repair gm.hefley, Sat Jun 16 10:38am
    Good morning! Attached are a couple pics of a blind caned chair that has damage that the owner would like repaired. O am at a loss as to how I might proceed. Owner doesn’t want to spend alot and I’m not interested in recaning the whole back of the chair. Any ideas or insight will be greatly appreciated! George M. Mike ... more
  • Bullrush tag1023, Tue Jun 12 9:47pm
    I want to replace a damaged rush seat with bullrush. My ladder back chair is 16 inches wide by 14 inches deep. My local bullrush measures 30 to 36 inches long from base to seed head. How much bullrush should I gather and dry to do this chair? Volume or weight? Thomas Gamblin Madison, Mississippi
  • Chair with unequal sides ABQLaurie, Fri Jun 8 11:10am
    Greetings all - I'm about to begin a rushing rocking chair. Front is 20.5" back is 15" - a difference I expect and know how to compensate for. However, the length of one side rail is 1/2" longer than the other. I guess it's attached at a slightly wider angle than the shorter one, since the front & back are parallel.... more
  • 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!

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