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Founded (2004) & Moderated by Cathryn Peters     RSS

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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Binding Cane Herringbone Weave Q Anonymous, Wed Aug 28 10:03am
I'm preparing to weave a rocker seat with 5 mm binding cane, but I'm not sure how to judge how loosely to leave the first step. I tried this one other time on another chair but started out too tight. It became impossible to continue after about half the weaving because things were simply too tight. Jim Kinsey
  • Beginner question lasallecraft, Fri Jul 26 4:02pm
    In strand caning, if your first horizontal is straight and your second is squiggly, is that because the previous strands were pulled too tight? Or perhaps that second horizontal was too moist?
    Rocking Chair Question Anonymous, Fri Jul 12 4:35pm
    My rocking chair back has 18 holes on top and 16 holes on the bottom not counting the corners. How should I proceed. I used the extra two holes and took them to the bottom corner which I know is not right. I have now done 1/2 of step four and know steps 5 and 6 will not work esp. at the bottom. What is the solution .... more
  • Colored cane Anonymous, Sun Jun 30 7:23pm
    I am very competent doing the 7 step method of caning and my next couple of projects will be the Daisy pattern. I would like to incorporate some colored cane, is there a supplier or process where I can color the cane. I know cane does not take color well but I have seen examples on line where color cane was... more
    The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc® Annual Gathering The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peter, Thu Jun 27 10:05am
    The 12th annual Gathering and Annual Meeting of The SeatWeavers' Guild, Inc® (TSWG) will be held in Glenn, Michigan on July 26-28, 2019. THE ART AND INDUSTRY OF SEAT WEAVING We hope to see all our members there for the weekend and non-members too for the public events on Sunday! Time to register for this event is... more
    Learning new patterns Anonymous, Sun Jun 23 8:06am
    So glad I found this forum. I am a hobbyist caner turned professional I have done both hand caned and sheet caned for chairs that I own and that is how I got started. I caned 6 chairs for a friend and got paid then caned two chairs for someone that a local furniture restorer who had seen my work and had a customer who ... more
  • rush/cattails nantaylor56, Tue Jun 11 10:16pm
    Just a FYI I heard back from H.H.Perkins on the cattails and they said they are no longer carry this item.
    cattails or bulrush reeds nantaylor56, Fri Jun 7 5:20pm
    I have a customer who would like to have her chair rushed with the original material which is natural cattails/bulrush.Not having a lot of luck finding it to purchase so does anyone know of a source? HH Perkins is out. Also can anyone suggest any good videos and instructions since I have never done this before. Got to ... more
  • Cane breaking Dave f, Sat Jun 8 8:41pm
    Hi I have a question I have been having a lot of trouble with the cane breaking as I am weaving It. I mostly work with fine and fine fine cane and it keeps breaking and it’s driving me nuts does anyone have something they soak theirs in to make it more pliable? It doesn’t seem to matter how long or how little I soak... more
    Pressed Cane alignment JAY HIRSCH, Wed May 29 12:45pm
    I am placing Pressed Cane(machine cane) into a number of rectangular panels which will be inserted into cabinets and doors. The customer wants the cane to align PERFECTLY along the boarders. All of the panels need to look identical. Does anyone have any tricks to get the cane lined up so it won’t shift when it is... more
  • TSWG Newsletter May 10th Deadline The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peter, Tue May 7 4:03pm
    Hi All - Many of you on this Chair Caning Forum are members of The SeatWeavers' Guild Inc.® (TSWG) and are aware that the guild actually started right here with a few weavers on this forum back in 2007. Bonnie Rashleigh is the long-time editor of our newsletter, The SeatWeavers' Journal, and always posts a notice here ... more
    The SeatWeaver’s,Inc Annual Gathering, Thu May 2 5:01am
    Our Annual Gathering of seat Weavers will be held in Michigan this year. It is a great opportunity to network with other seat weavers, participate in workshops, ask all those questions you have for other Weavers, see examples of chairs in our display and just generally bask in the glow of others who love chairs as... more
    Cane Seat Repair or Replace? Vicky Perron, Tue Apr 23 9:20am
    I'm very new to the art, so please be patient with me? I've been asked by a neighbor to repair or replace the seat in a small antique chair. The damage is minimal but there is another area that has some weakness and deterioration but is still intact (again, minimal). I was wondering if it's practice to replace the... more
  • This Chair Caning Forum is Closing! The Wicker Woman®--Cathryn Peter, Sun Apr 28 7:52pm
    THE CHAIR CANING FORUM IS CLOSING PERMANENTLY! I recently discovered that the owners of DiscYourWebApps, where this Chair Caning Forum has been hosted for the last 15 years, is closing down the platform for good on October 15, 2019. They started this discussion forum platform in 1997, long before any social media... more
    painting binding cane nantaylor56, Wed Mar 27 5:20pm
    I have just gotten 3 porch rockers that are painted white. I'm going to use binder cane to replace the seats and the backs with a herringbone weave. The customer wants the cane to be white also, which just makes me sick, so I need some feed back on what type of paint should I reluctantly use and should I seal with... more
  • Spline Removal gm.hefley, Thu Feb 28 8:13am
    Question for the group. I have been using a steamer and chisels to remove spline and clean the groove. In cases where the spline was glued with wood glue instead of white glue, I use a dremel to clean the groove. Is there any other power tools that work better than a dremel?
  • Shaker Tape Problem evergreencottage, Tue Feb 26 12:55pm
    Hobby weaver here. My friend wants me to use shaker tape on her youth rocker. I removed the paper rush only to find there is no back rung on the chair. It just had a frame screwed to the side rungs. I can not remove the frame unless I removed the arms on the chair, etc - that or adding a back rung is way beyond my... more
    Staining Woven Cane JAY HIRSCH, Mon Feb 25 9:40am
    I’ve had some success with using Zar oil based stain on Pressed Can Chair seats. Has anyone had any experience using stain on woven cane seats? I have a customer who would like her antique Bentwood High Cair stained after it is re-caned(to match the original color). Jay Hirsch Austin Chair Repair
  • cane quality Landyplace, Sun Feb 17 11:03am
    Gooday getting back to caning again..where is everyone getting their best quality cane?got a kit off amazon and got the seat done but not great quality thanks have a great day
  • Interest in the Caning Forum tag1023, Sun Feb 10 8:20pm
    I am not receiving any posted messages on the Caning Forum. Am I not signed up? Is there a reason I am not getting the posts via the computer? Thanks Thomas Gamblin Madison, Mississippi


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