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Close weave seat colotka, Wed Oct 12 8:30am
Hi weavers, I have a British colonial chair which has one continuous piece of medium close weave cane for seat and back, it is 45 inches long. And 26 wide. The top has pulled out and there is not enough cane left to reattach it. The cane is stapled and covered with a 1/2 inch flat oval reed all along the perimeter..... more
  • seat back has no side posts cuykendallfarms, Sat Oct 8 8:27am
    I am a beginner , new to cane weaving. I do have quite a bit of hand weaving experience with fabric . I bought a Mottville rocker that had no caning on the back. I'm redoing the seat first using a New England porch weave. My problem is that the back has no side posts to wrap the cane around . I can see Where the... more
  • What is your biggest problem? The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn, Sun Oct 9 3:27pm
    Whether we are beginners just learning this whole seatweaving business or have been at it for a while, we ALL have problems or issues that are bothering us. What's your biggest problem? What are you struggling with? Are you having business issues, marketing issues, questions about setting up a website, setting up... more
    Old Wooden Rocking Chair rmgirl, Fri Oct 7 6:01pm
    I have an old wooden rocking chair that was a cane bottom chair with 5 ships engraved at the top and says Deweys fleet First victory (or something close to that). It is wore a lot and you can only see the ships and writing in a certain light but it is there. I was wondering how old this chair is and how rare it is. I... more
  • Newcomer questions rosemaryp, Sat Oct 1 7:19am
    I am about to begin my first project and a few really basic questions remain after reading these most excellent instructions ( sorry if I missed something): 1. I understand that I soak a few reeds at a time for 10 minutes max. Is it permissible to only complete a small section at a time, resuming work the following... more
  • Reweaving an old slipper rocker giola, Wed Sep 28 10:25am
    I am reweaving the slipper rocker that my grandmother used around 1900. I began doing it almost 40 years ago. I did the seat in binding cane(am going to rip it out and use flat reed. My question is I ripped the cane off the back when I started the project way back then and don't remember how the cane was attached to... more
  • coloured rush Donald Robins, Wed Sep 28 3:44pm
    to the experts: Is anyone aware if coloured rush is available any more in the United States? I am restoring a corner chair with a 14.5 by 14.5 inch removable seat that is done in coloured rush. I have checked the suppliers and it seems to be available only in UK but appreciate any comments. regards, Donald Robins... more
  • Pre twisted natural rush - 7/32" dbrunsvl, Wed Sep 28 2:11pm
    I've done numerous seats with the 5/32" natural twisted rush but have a customer wanting the 7/32" used. How difficult is it to work with the larger size? Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated. Vicky Bruns, Shawnee, KS.
    Raw Hide Pricing norgarbe, Sun Sep 25 2:37pm
    What is the going price for restoring a standard Mule Ear chair Longest side 15" and short side 12". Do you use longest rail x $6.00. ( $90.00 ) plus material to arrive at cost? This is not the best price for time I spend. Any suggestions> Thank you Kathleen Garbe
  • Metal framed rocker janie.greenwald, Wed Sep 21 7:04pm
    Hi all, So happy to be a part of this community. I found this chair at a junk shop. This is just how I found it. The whole frame is metal including the rockers. Anyone know anything about this type of chair and what the pattern might have been? I have not yet done any wicker work. I have been caning for 1.5 yrs. All... more
  • restoring old varnish finish skip7083, Sat Aug 27 1:14pm
    Greetings! Wondering what the best way would be to restore the old varnish finish on a chair frame prior to re-caning. I could strip and refinish but I don't want to lose the aged patina. Thanks for any advice. Skip
  • Splint weave - stuffing Robin Starr, Mon Aug 22 3:01pm
    Seems that the old timers stuffed splint weave chairs with straw or other similar material. I assume it was done for extra cushion. Does anyone out there attempt to stuff these seats? Is it even necessary?
  • The SeatWeavers' Journal Bonnie Rashleigh - Rick's Wood &, Fri Aug 19 8:59pm
    The latest edition of The SeatWeavers' Journal should be in your email. It's 26 pages of news and pictures. Lots of Tips, Tricks & Tools from the Gathering. That is my favorite part! Be sure to read the special "Members in the News" section to see Cathryn Peters' article from Country Woman Magazine. Bonnie Rashleigh... more
    Child's bentwood J&J Kohn chair ABQLaurie, Mon Aug 8 9:34pm
    Well, I haven't found this version of my topic covered here yet, so I'm turning to the thousands of years of collective experience for some insights. Basically, the question is "does bentwood rocker arms need to be fastened to the seat for stability? Background Customer brought over a child's bentwood rocker. I... more
  • 9th Annual Gathering of TSWG The Wicker Woman, Mon Jul 25 7:03pm
    Well, I hope everyone traveling to Asheville, NC this week for the 9th Annual Gathering of The SeatWeavers' Guild has a safe and enjoyable trip. I'm sorry to report that I will not be able to go this year however. And I was so looking forward to seeing Brandy and Dave's new seatweaving school and museum, meeting the... more
    • Gathering jwoods.enterprises, Tue Jul 26 7:13pm
  • Lashing, rattan wrapping how-to hannahbardinfurniture, Mon Jul 25 9:20am
    Hi, Does anyone know the technique for wrapping a joint at a right angle using either rattan or rawhide? Such as this one here (at the ends of the arms): https://www.google.com/search?q=mcguire+chair&espv=2&biw=1155&bih=598&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwitlviN447OAhXKXBQKHQoVBxoQ_AUIBygC#imgrc=LUDlje-BAdknlM%3A ... more
  • Price increase for over 100 holes Janet Noall, Sun Jun 26 9:07am
    Hello All, I have a 235 hole chair/recliner that is a real bear to work on. How do you all calculate an increase of over 100 holes. I have not done that before, as the chairs were "normal" and easy to do. This one has the "skirts" all around, has a curved top and bottom that you can't even see the holes, as they... more
  • repairing cane johnk15, Wed Jun 29 8:35pm
    Very old chair. 500+ holes, finefine cane,double sided panels, all blind caned. Customer wanted holes patched. Unfortunately, cane was so brittle that as I tried to weave new cane the old cane strands broke so the holes grew. Trying to post some pics. Might have to try more than once to get it right. Sorry for poor... more
  • Need your input Donald Robins, Wed Jun 29 9:48am
    HI I have a rocker chair seat to be caned/rushed, the sides are 1 /2 high and 1 inch thick rounded at the top with lines of previous rushing? but the bottom of the sides are square edged. I will try to get a photo posted. regards, Donald Robins drobins@sympatico.ca Newtonville, ON Canada
  • narrow gauge rush + 5 questions ABQLaurie, Thu Jun 23 10:08pm
    Hello friends, First many thanks to Brandy Clements for referring a delightful Santa Fe lady to me for her rush needs. She brought her lovely chair over today, and I've started researching materials. In the pic below, I attempted to estimate the size of the original (hand-twisted) and I consistently measured about 9... more


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