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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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Wicker repair workshop jwoods.enterprises, Tue Apr 25 5:20am
I am holding another wicker repair workshop in May. 4 days of intense learning, all the basics to begin restoring wicker furniture as a hobby or business. Not too late to get into this class if you can make it. May 18-21. $375 for the workshop $40 per night to stay at the retreat center. Breakfast and lunch provided... more
Wicker chair question ABQLaurie, Mon Apr 24 10:07pm
Greetings, all - A friend of mine offered to give me this chair, if I'd be interested in it as a project chair. Otherwise, she's going to donate it somewhere. I have only done the most basic of wicker wrapping on some chairs for another pal and have never done any weaving. These pix are all I know about the chair and... more
  • Help finding Kooboo reed? cstw, Fri Apr 21 2:10pm
    A client has two chairs that need repair/reweaving. Cane and Basket Supply in Calif said that they are woven from "2/4mm natural rattan" (a.k.a. kooboo rattan?) which they can no longer get from their supplier. I just spent 2 hours searching for it online with no luck. Does anyone know of a USA supplier that DOES have ... more
  • Figured it out, FINALLY! frenchwwr, Sat Apr 15 10:24am
    Hopefully. I'm Kevin, I've been caning for a little over a month, I think I have my problems figured out and it dawned of me there must be a group on the Internets that could confirm that for me or tell me what else I'm doing wrong that I don't know that I'm doing wrong, yet. I am refinishing an old wood/canvas canoe... more
  • deep seat rush weaving donchafin, Mon Apr 3 5:33pm
    This is Don Chafin with Chafin's Chair Caning in Arab, Alabama. We have been doing chair caning for about 17 years, and my speciality is fibre rush. It's been a while since I've done a deep seat weave using rush. I've used the double figure eight so the side rungs will fill up quickly, but have a chair with some... more
  • Bentwood chair back - wood spline IngridSpies, Mon Apr 3 4:48pm
    I did some searching but couldn't find an answer, I'm hoping someone can help me. I'm quoting some Bentwood chair backs to re-cane, however, the back of the chair has a wood spine covering the cane. How is this removed and most importantly, how do you put new wood in to cover the channel? A number of my chairs have... more
  • willow Deb Kinghan, Fri Mar 31 10:22pm
    Hi Weavers, I just got in an antique pic-nic basket to repair and I am looking for willow to repair it. I have looked but can not find a supplier for the material I need. Can anyone suggest a source for this material ? Smallish and caramel color. many thanks Debbie Kinghan Kinghan of Kalifornia Monterey California 831 ... more
    • willow JIm Widess, Sat Apr 1 2:37am
      • Re: willow The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Sat Apr 1 6:25pm
        • willow JIm Widess, Sat Apr 1 7:24pm
    • Re: willow The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Fri Mar 31 11:35pm
  • Antique Rushed Chair Devon.Koch, Mon Mar 27 9:26am
    I wonder if anyone here can help me out. I recently came into possesion of this very interesting old chair. I cannot find it or anything like it in any antique books (granted most of the ones I have access to are Americana. I have an utterly baseless feeling that it is German in origin.) I am trying to find anything... more
  • Staining and matching cane Jared Chafin, Tue May 7, 2013 9:48am
    I realize staining cane has been discussed on previous threads but my inquiry has more to do with matching. I really dislike staining cane but, more often than not, customers either want their seat stained or it is necessary to match a set. I've had some success with matching, more so with certain colors than others.... more
  • Help! 3 Lincoln Rockers, curved back Patti Erickson, Fri Mar 17 4:15pm
    Hello, I have three Lincoln rocker curved backs to do. I have done a couple of these but it has been a very long time since I did them. I am having trouble with the curve. I am using a piece of wood at the curve and doing the front to back (behind the piece of wood not too tight, not too loose), side to side (loose,... more
  • Gathering Corn Shucks for seats Mindy King, Sat Sep 1, 2007 8:29pm
    Many of you have expressed interest in the Corn Shuck woven seat I learned from Claudia Mullins this past July. She is planning to teach the seat at the SeatWeaver's Guild Meeting next July. I am finding commercially available shucks inappropriate so I encourage anyone interested in taking the class to start... more
  • Cutting a new groove in a cane seat DKR.SeatCaning, Mon Feb 20 1:50pm
    Hello, again. I've received my next project---a 125 year old rocker. Originally it had a square area in the seat with pressed cane. Over the years, the cane failed (actually due to the rear groove cracking--then a poor glue job--then some nails) and someone installed a flat, black leather seat which was tacked down... more
  • Additional work needed when replacing cane or rush DKR.SeatCaning, Tue Feb 14 6:21pm
    Darlene, here, again. As I mentioned earlier, I just started my business last Fall. On my Facebook business page, I say that I will only replace seats in chairs that are sound (not wiggly or loose) and already finished---basically ready to get the seat installed. I did get a chair that needed some of the rungs glued... more
  • Fibre-rush seats DKR.SeatCaning, Sun Feb 12 1:59pm
    I'm just learning how to do fibre-rush seats and have just finished my first one. I've considered whether or not to "finish" the fibre and have decided to use marine-grade varnish, satin finish. My question is: Do I coat the top of the seat AND the underside? ALSO: Usually, how many coats should be used? Thanks.
  • TSWG Newsletter Bonnie Rashleigh - Rick's Wood &, Mon Feb 13 7:16pm
    All members of The SeatWeavers' Guild Inc - check your email for the latest edition of The SeatWeavers' Journal. Lots of great reading! Bonnie Rashleigh Newsletter Editor
  • Blind Caning tag1023, Thu Feb 2 7:58pm
    Jim Thank you for the suggestions. The short ends on the loops are easier to place in the new shallow holes either side of the pegs. I am giving the loops ends with a touch of glue as I install them. I really appreciate your response. Thomas Gamblin Madison, MS 39110 TAG1023@aol.com
    Blind Caning tag1023, Tue Jan 31 9:45am
    I am repairing a "blind caned" chair back. The holes in the chair frame are 3/8" deep. I am using super carriage cane for the field weaving and loops....1.5 mm. The cane field has been completed. I am having trouble installing the trim cane and loops around the frame covering the holes and cane ends. The trim cane... more
  • Help reweaving old Star of David cstw, Tue Jan 24 9:27am
    A client brought in an old family chair that had at one time had the Star of David (Snowflake?) pattern for the back. I have been doing cane for about 5 years but have only worked on the standard wooden frame of chairs and rockers. I have few concerns - questions. 1) Even adjusting for the tension caused as cane... more
  • Medallion goodwincaning, Wed Nov 9 3:06pm
    and here are the pictures. [url=https://postimg.org/image/tv3g3ip2j/][img] https://s17.postimg.org/tv3g3ip2j/Settee.jpg [/img][/url]
  • Caner's List Robin Starr, Sat Jan 21 8:50pm
    About 8 years ago, Carolyn asked us to post a message that contained such information as who we are, location, caning skills, telephone number, etc. about our business/avocation. Believe it or not, this post has sustained my caning work for that entire time. It's been just the right amount of work I am interested in... more


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